Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Frank Discussion

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/30/frank.marijuana/index.html

Finally, we're getting somewhere. Please keep in mind that I do not use drugs, and certainly would never try marijuana, however I feel that most drugs should be legal.

From the article:
Current laws targeting marijuana users place undue burdens on law enforcement resources, punish ill Americans whose doctors have prescribed the substance and unfairly affect African-Americans, said Frank, flanked by legislators and representatives from advocacy groups.

I think the absurdity of punishing marijuana vendors but not users will force the issue to head in the next decade. I agree with Frank about the undue burdens, punishing ill people, but that it "unfairly" affects African Americans is bunk. They are just as responsible before the law as anyone else; this is no question of fairness, it's a question of obeying a stupid law. You can't assign "victim" status to someone who breaks the law. Rubbish!

3 comments:

matt said...

It's ridiculous that marijuana is illegal. I did a report freshman year of college that showed the absurdity of criminilization of mary j. Not only does the hemp from it produce much much much more paper, clothing, etc, but it has never, ever been directly linked to a death! Can cigarettes and alcohol say the same? To OD on weed you have to smoke your body weight, meaning 100+ lbs, and you'd pass out WAY before that. Give it the same rules as alcohol and cigarettes: must be at least 21 or 18 to buy, can't drive on it, and can't have it in the cab space of a car. That is completely logical.

chattypatra said...

I agree that this has nothing to do with race. If someone wants to be stupid enough to smoke weed, fry his brain cells and break the law in the process, that is his/her choice, not racial profiling.

I do, however, believe that if alcohol and tobacco are legal, then so should marijuana, simply because the former actually kill people. While it has been proven that marijuana use many times leads to use of far more dangerous, hardcore drugs like cocaine and heroin, addicts need help, not jail time. Dealers are the ones who should be in jail.

Ideally, nobody would turn to drugs and ruin their lives, but we cannot force people to stay away from them. I have always believe it's a sin to use them, so I was spared that particular journey, but I understand why others use.

I think the whole thing is sad and terrible, and evil people get rich from the suffering of others. Then again, that describes most of what happens in this world, doesn't it?

Paul Dunn said...

Ah, the slippery slope of legalizing marijuana. I'm for it actually (something tells me that this might be the only thing politically that Mac and I agree with).

Companies and employers could still reserve the right to test for it (and randomly). But the legal system is taxed enough as it is for something as trivial as pot.

The one huge drawback is regulation and the idiotic rules each state would enforce making the legalization almost as costly as the current criminalization process.

Whatever keeps that revenue stream flowing and our lawmakers busy, right? Eh, I still say legalize it. But like cigarettes, I'd never want to use it.