2012-07-25 13:04:04 -0600
Good morning Adam. Yes, I see what you see about my conflict of statement. Thank you for pointing this out to me. I will attempt to straighten this seeming “conflict” out…in my own mind and here.
You shared with Us that: “But the violence inherent in the drug trade is a reaction to drug prohibition.”
Is this saying something like: “I do not agree with or like this prohibition law. It prevents me from making lots of money, that I am too weak to make in an honest way. Therefore I will arm myself and my associates, in order to stand against and even prevail against law enforcement that seeks to stop what I do.” Violence is “inherent in the drug trade”, but is only partly a reaction to prohibition.
My position on the criminal treatment of hard drugs is based on what I see about the violence between drug cartels who compete violently for bigger shares of the hard drug market. I believe these “gangsters” would be violent, whether there is a prohibition against hard drugs or not. They generally don’t care who they hurt for their black profits. Occasionally Innocent people are harmed by these.
Another source of violence, in addition to the violence undertaken by aggressive law enforcement against equally violent drug lords. is that of the user who struggles to obtain the funds to buy the drugs to use. Many an innocent Citizen has been harmed by robberies committed to get drug money.
Prohibition, (the operating forces thereof), is not the only source of violence in this tragic Human phenomena.
When all an Individual has done, to be incarcerated, is carry on their person some quantity of Marijuana Then I do not think they are criminal. I do not think that the use of Marijuana should be prohibited or criminal. Nor the cultivation of it. My only worry regarding this herb is that it tends to, (in many Individuals), cause a lessening of certain aspects of the “Work Ethic”. A brain in a euphoric state tends to not care so much about working, or getting a job done. This, potentially, could be collectively harmful to the nation as a whole. I know at least one person who is not happy unless they are in Marijuana induced euphoric state. This leads me to believe that there may be many more in the same condition.
It is what hard drugs does to Individuals that makes me wish it was nonexistent. it saddens me a great deal, to know that there are Humans that have to use these types of crutches to be pseudo-happy.
This is the dark side of personal “Freedom”. These types disrupt the lives of those of Us who do not need to have constant “crutching”. Who find the Natural Strengths in Ourselves to be Good Citizens Of Our Nation in the pursuit of the ever More and Better American Vision.
But, then on the other hand, these types do test Our Strengths and reveal to Us what not to be…or should not be. In this sense they are teachers.