Different drugs. You can't compare drugs to eachother or users to eachother. Everyone and all of these chemicals are different; whether you think so or not.
The laws of economics don't change. A commodity is a commodity, whether it is alcohol, pillow cases, or heroin. If there is a demand for it as a result of prohibition then the price will increase.
No satya. I'm afraid it's not like that. I may get you drunk every day, and one day you may get bored and be disgusted, and never drink alcohol again, same with soft drugs. If I inject you with heroin, you'll either come back asking for more, or you will die if not immediately treated, or you won't be satya any more, but someone else, probably worse. And even if you're treated, you could go back. It's chemistry. It's in your brain, in your blood, it's everywhere.
just me, that is utter and complete bull. Sharia courts punish drug offenders.
Clearly you don't.
Yes. America is the world's largest consumer of illicit drugs. It would be devastating to the illicit drug market if drugs were legalized here.
Yes. The money to finance them would dry up since the price of the illicit drugs would crash.
I would call it common sense. Anyone with the slightest hint of economic comprehension could figure it out. Where the "high hopes" are, are with the people who believe any good can come from criminalizing these substances when the evidence right in front of our eyes indicates otherwise.
I dunno, Satya...I'd say alcohol and heroin are sort of neck and neck. Withdrawal from alcohol can kill you without treatment, but this is contingent on how dependent you are on it. But heroin has a greater chance of dependence, which means you're not gonna break that habit any time soon...even if your life falls apart. Heroin becomes the most important thing ever. But if you try to go dry with alcohol you hate those withdrawal symptoms so much that you're willing to go back to that very thing that can kill you - just to avoid withdrawal.
It all comes down to which has the greater power over you: Your mind, or your body?
I would like to share my thoughts. Many here want to have drugs legalized, but I do not. You have your reasons, I have mine. Taliban will never legalize drug use. Taliban makes millions annually off of the drug trade. Taliban hopes America legalizes drugs. They want to see America under the influence of drugs because they hate us. People will continue to fight over the control of the finances from drugs as long as they exist, whether legal or not. Oil is legal, and we blame many atrocities in the world on the fight for control of oil....do we not? Same as most any other cash crop. The black market for drugs will not be stopped by legalization of drug use in America. Control could help send opiates to medicinal facilities around the globe for morphine-type drugs in the use of the medical field. I want a clear mind, but that is me.
If we leave Afghanistan, what will be the blowback? What will become of Pakistan's over-fifty nuclear warheads?
Control of a drug cash crop like heroin and opium is a tantamount situation. Militaries are made from the money in little corners of the world. Governments are corrupted. Legalization may change nothing more than America.
I hate to see the constant bashing of morals and ethics in most any thread. It is clear there is a spiritual war being fought over morals and ethics. Research into history may reveal more about why America was founded and what it was based on, but one would have to look past Darwin's Theory of Evolution. We can change all we want in our books to influence those being brought up. Facts will always remain facts and there will always be those in search of truth.
Is the general consensus here to leave Afghanistan to others to take control of the cash crop and send it our way through narcoterrorism?
I can accept the fact America has a mudslide going on. All these things must happen. Where does that leave people like myself? Where is all the sympathy, empathy, and compassion so shared regarding that?
Um...actually the Taliban was fighting the drug trade. Our invastion into Afgahnistan and our unseating of the Taliban is what has caused the extraordinary increase in the drug trade. JM, you seem willfully unaware of the facts about this issue.
Satya, They were fighting for control. I am so unaware I must be wrong, though, as I have had a tendency over the years to not review intelligence reports regarding issues that have had such high importance toward our National Security.