Comments on: Fresh thinking on the war on drugs? http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Axal http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/#comment-29127 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:53:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5168#comment-29127 It’s so funny to see americans spending HUGE amounts of tax payers money into drug war that only profits those who are into illegal drug business. There is no connection between strict drug laws and low usage of illegal substances as you can see by examining data from countries with more loose drug policies.

Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and last year a study came out that shows what decriminalization has done to the country.

quote from http://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/greenw ald_whitepaper.pdf :

“The data show that judged by virtually every metric, the Portuguese decriminalization framework has been resounding success. Within this success lies self-evident lessons that should guide drug policy debates around the world.”

What are the differences in other countries that would cause this same course of action to fail if you dont believe in decriminalizing drugs?

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By: Mike Stroup http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/#comment-27239 Sat, 21 Nov 2009 04:53:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5168#comment-27239 Here are a couple of names, Carl Sagan and Abraham Lincoln. And then there was a U.S. swimmer who seems to have won a few Olympic gold medals, not to mention the current U.S. president. By the way, if there were more people “looking at all the pretty colours,” there wouldn’t be any more wars.

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By: Drew http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/#comment-24721 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 23:57:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5168#comment-24721 To Jack,I reiterate “people who invent – who advance technology or medicine”, not writers or astronomers.There are many people. Can you name one who is an outspoken drug user?Drugs might carry the inspiration. But one has to be off drugs to put a brilliant inspiration to production. This is an opinion.I would think not that Edison was a pot user? What about the inventor of the modern rocket: Goddard. The Manhattan Project: Oppenheimer. Sikorsky, inventor of the helicopter.Drugs. Lets be specific. Marijuana. Makes you good at one thing. Smoking, obtaining and working to achieve more of the drug.Get your head out of the sand, man.

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By: jack http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/#comment-24546 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 00:43:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5168#comment-24546 are any of you even aware of the circumstances under which marijuana was illegalized? blatant racism, and a move by media mogul hearst to stamp out the hemp industry. it was not illegalized because society had a problem with it. try reading up on your topic before making arguments about it based on propaganda.maybe you dont hear about any brilliant drug users (besides carl sagan, who admitted marijuana use) because most of them are too smart to mention they are involved in an illegal activity. DUH

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By: Drew http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/#comment-24545 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 00:34:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5168#comment-24545 Also,You made everything in the first place because you put money ahead of everybody else. But I did not mean intellectual impotent because there is a difference.My comment came about from watching old black and white footage of the U.S. Once a mighty power, now just a power. Could there be one causation? Of course not. But something has happened since The Sixties and the drug revolution. Is the U.S.A. losing a step?

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By: Jim http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/#comment-24541 Sun, 20 Sep 2009 23:03:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5168#comment-24541 O! Wow man change is a-comin !

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By: Mufaso http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/#comment-24535 Sun, 20 Sep 2009 20:57:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5168#comment-24535 Why in the hell are people making a moral problem out of drugs? And what does it matter if one drug is legal and the other illegal? A drug is a drug regardless of whether or not a government sanctions its use! My god, people, act like you got some sense! It is not the government’s role to decide what you can and cannot put into your body; that’s for you and only you to decide. Those of you who drink coffee, tea, or caffeinated cola cannot throw stones at those who smoke marijuana or take other illegal substances because you yourself are consuming a drug for recreation. The effects of your drug (caffeine) may be different from those of other drugs, but the addiction is real. Try starting the morning without your Java and see what happens. All drugs should be legal and on the shelves at all retail pharmacies for anyone to buy. And for all you damn liberals who like to tax everything you don’t like, No! Drugs should not be taxed at all.

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By: jb http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/#comment-24530 Sun, 20 Sep 2009 19:41:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5168#comment-24530 Drew–Actually, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Dr. Francis Crick, Pythagoras, Richard Feynman, and William Shakespeare are all reported to have smoked marijuana, and this is to name only a few. I’m not taking sides, but to suggest that our country is intellectually impotent because everyone is smoking marijuana is patently absurd. Could it be that we in the U.S. don’t make anything anymore because we’ve put money ahead of everything else?

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By: Drew http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/#comment-24424 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 16:16:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5168#comment-24424 Pardon me for my rudeness toward Anonymous,”Get real..”Put down your joint, Anonymous and you get real. I’m real. You real?I’m not smart enough to have the answer to the drug legality debate. But all actions have consequences.Should drugs be legal?Pro: The legality of small quantities of drugs would free up law enforcement for more important matters. I would personally welcome less intrusion in my life. Less people will be in prison. More money saved for the common good. Regulating and taxing small amounts of soft drugs could pay off a substantial portion of our debt.Con: Governments will just piss away that money on other things. Governments and deficits are like bread and butter. Like Germany and a quality automobile. Like Britain and a good pub.Pro: Everybody is doing it and therefore its okay.Con: The slippery slope mentioned, there has been a decline or decay of our post-economic society. Once being the great navies, armies and industrial base, we are now embracing an information economy. (Whatever that means). Drugs are a main reason for this decay.Pro: Drugs will increase production: a happy workforce is a productive workforce.Con: Most people will just stay home and shortcut to their escape. No longer working. Government will no longer be able to support the poor on less revenue generated. Thanks in large part to our stoned nation.Pro: Our new drug culture could win the hearts and minds of others.Con: Our care-free drug culture has already enraged certain groups around the world and could add more fuel to the fire.Pro: Marijuana has healing synergies and is needed for the sick.Con: Marijuana will create a whole new society of addicted. Which begs the question? Do drugs create mental illness or do people with mental illness gravitate towards drugs in the first place?Pro: Regulated drugs would theoretically keep drugs away from minors.Con: The government should not be in the drug business. Period. In Ontario, our province is the largest drug dealer. They regulate, control and monopolize the sale of beer, wine and spirits. Its depressing to see the addicts lining up everyday at the state run store. Governments are equally addicted to the revenue generated. Read: taxes. I wouldn’t want have to go to a Pot Store. And government will destroy any good ideas pertaining to the freedom of access of this drug. Governments should not be in the drug business or the gambling business.

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By: Drew http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/09/03/fresh-thinking-on-the-war-on-drugs/#comment-24353 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 04:44:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=5168#comment-24353 Capitalism punishes the stupid. That’s why you have to be sharp. You can’t walk around stoned all day long. This world will roll you. This is only my opinion.

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