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Monday, October 25, 2004

Expanding the War on Drugs

Governor Pawlenty wants to expand the War on Drugs, specifically the abuse of meth. His four points include education, stiffer penalties for manufacturers, cleanup, and treatment. I suppose it's not a bad plan, but the devil is in the details, especially the relative importance of these four areas. If treatment and education fall by the wayside, eclipsed by stiffer sentences, then this will be pointless. Stronger penalties have not won the war and never will.

Of all the drugs out there, meth is one of the worst, and it's not something I really want to see more of. On the other hand, the same old "get tough on drug users" nonsense still doesn't work. Perhaps if we loosened the laws on other drugs, people would be less likely to use meth.

1 Comments:

At 9:40 AM, October 29, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Perhaps if we loosened the laws on other drugs, people would be less likely to use meth."

This has to be the most absured comment I have ever heard regarding drugs. You think that if people could legally smoke pot that they are not going to use meth? From what I have read regarding meth use, most users are already drug addicts that are either looking for a better fix or a cheaper fix. Meth is very easy to make with common products you can find laying around most farms these days.

Meth has been a popular drug for decades. Now, instead of having to find some to pick up a speedball from like you did in the 60s and 70s, they are making it themselves in basements. And the stuff they are making now is more powerful than what they made back then.

By your logic, if they loosened the laws on cocaine, people wouldn't use crack. If that did prove to be true we would have a greater number of coke heads running around. More people would use it because it was easier to get a hold of and the consequences for using/selling wouldnt be enough to deter people.

I dont want people using less powerful illicit drugs, I want to see no one using any illicit drugs at all. Loosing the laws is just going to make it more accessible for people.

 

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