Bolivia defends coca consumption at U.N. meeting

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bill1942 wrote:

A junkie is a junkie.

Mar 12, 2012 3:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
malcolmkyle wrote:

In addition to the many societal costs of prohibition, it has a long history of driving the spread of harder or more dangerous drugs.

* Coca to cocaine, to crack
* Marijuana to skunk, to dangerous synthetic concoctions – such as ‘spice’ or ‘bath salts’
* Poppies to morphine, to heroine, to krokodil
* Ephedra to ephedrine, to speed, to methamphetamine
* Mushrooms to ecstasy, to 2CB/designers

At every step the reasons for the rise in popularity of the new form of the drug are one or more of the following:

* It may be easier to smuggle.
* It may be more addictive, thus compelling the buyer to return more frequently.
* It may be cheaper to produce, therefore yielding more profit.
* Like a game of “whack a mole” a shutdown of producers in one area will mean business opportunities for another set of producers with a similar product.

Prohibition’s distortion of the immutable laws of ‘supply and demand’ subsidizes organized crime, foreign terrorists, corrupt cops, and unconscionable politicians, while feeding the prejudices of self-appointed culture warriors everywhere.
So called Tough-On-Drugs politicians have happily built careers on confusing prohibition’s horrendous collateral damage with the substances that they claim to be fighting while the big losers in this battle are everybody else, especially we the taxpayers.

So how come so many of us have been deluded into believing that big government is the appropriate response to non-traditional consensual vices?
Imagine if we were to chop down every single tree on the planet as a response to our failure to prevent tree-climbing accidents. That’s what our misguided drug policy looks like.
Isn’t it time we all stood up and told the government, we’re tired of being beaten and jailed so that pharmaceutical companies can poison and kill us for obscene profits?

Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

Mar 14, 2012 12:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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