I'll be more specific. I ain't skeered.
I hate these type of posts as they end up looking like a Christmas advertisement. My post above was during your post and not connected
Defense point 1 - relevance of alcohol legalization to drug legalization
People don't get so addicted to beer or liquor after one use that they quit their jobs, stop going home, live in the streets, rob and murder people in psychedelic states so that they can have another Bud Light or snort of vodka. People also don't just leap straight to crack nearly as frequently as they get there via "gateway drugs" like - oops - marijuana.
Mightly big leap there between folks who buy pot and that crack whore down the street. Actually statistics show that people with addictive personalities do make the jump from beer to vodka to crack but that most pot users just aren't addictive personalities, much like most wine and beer drinkers aren't addictive personalities. And pot makes up about 70% of all the drug stats in this country. Crack is the coolest media hype but not the biggest problem. I believe that the concept of "gateway drug" for pot has pretty much been laughed away by the stats. If it is a gateway, so are beer and cigs.
Defense point 2 - drugs should be legalized because we cozy up to nations that produce them
This is a non-sequitur; abhorrence of the status quo cannot be used to justify any specific remedy, only the need to make a change in policy.
I agree completely and I don't think I have EVER heard this as an argument for legalizing drugs.
Defense point 3 - parents lives get easier somehow when the chasm between something like Bud Light, and an 8 ball of crack are both available at Kum 'n Go
Absolute nonsense, and you all know it. I know good and Goddamn well that you can't possibly be obtuse enough to see legalization of drugs as anything but a stubborn hand-washing of a real problem that's tough to solve.
Again, I've said we need a change in policy - legalization isn't a policy change, it's a full scale retreat.
The nonsense here is that you went from Bud Light to Crack in your thoughts. Is legalization perfect, NO. but it is a change of policy that addresses a multitude of issues, not the least of which is that we treat something like pot with the same laws as we treat Black tar heroin. I think the issue of Legalization deals with that level of discrepancy.
To the others' points.
Defense point 4 - since miniscule countries where drugs have been legalized are safer than America, despite literally hundreds of non-drug-related socioeconomic differences, we should follow suit
Another non-sequitur. Interesting, but irrelevant. We're talking about America, not Amsterdam. Let Canada or Australia legalize drugs first, and we'll see what happens.
With Amsterdam we are talking about a large cosmopolitan metropolitan area of nearly 7 Million people or about the same size as the Chicago Metropolitan area. They wear big girl panties too.
Defense point 5 - legalization of drugs will somehow make them so affordable, that drug-related crimes will go away
Seriously? People shoot each other and rob stores, claw at their skin, rape children, etc., because 7-11 is out of crack or syringes? When they're legalized, it'll just be like $10 for an ounce of pharmaceutical grade blow? How old should someone be before we allow them to get strung out on drugs that, after their first use, consume a person's every waking thought?
I think you might misunderstand the concept of legalization of these controlled substances.
Defense point 6 - legalization of drugs will be met with zero resistance by those who currently hold vested interests in the distribution of drugs
Yeah, and Iraq had WMD's.
I would think we can deal with 25% resistance rather than 100% resistance in a more efficient fashion, don't you?
Defense point 7 - legalization of drugs will eliminate all drug-related crimes, and thereby empty our prisons of (predominantly black) criminals
Well, if possession and distribution were the only problems facing society related to illegal drugs, this might make sense. A closer study reveals that those are the "white collar" drug crimes. What becomes problematic is what happens when people are on illegal drugs
Those who are "on drugs" are addressed every day anyway. I fail to see where the bulge is going to occur.
The rest of the paragraph tries to hit a couple of targets at once and misses, I think.
If marijuana was the only drug in question, I'd be far more willing to scoff at it's illegality. It's not. Earth to y'all. Grown-up problem here...no silver bullet, no happy ending written in that we have to wait for. Try again.