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  •  I don't understand why we lock up drug users. (2+ / 0-)

    Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco, which are legal, so that ought to be a no-brainer.

    But what about seriously nasty stuff like crack, heroin, speed, and barbituates? If someone is going to mess up their life by using one of these, then how does it help to mess up their life first by locking them up in prison?

    Before the temperance movement cocaine and opium were legal and easy to get. There were people who were addicted, but it wasn't an epidemic. Alcohol was and is a worse problem.

    I would not want anyone close to me to be addicted to any of these drugs. I also would not want them to be addicted to alcohol or tobacco. I have seen lives destroyed by the legal drugs and it is terrible to watch. But I do not see how prison would have been a better solution.

    If we wanted to really reduce the amount of screwed up lives in the world we would prevent people from dating and marrying the wrong partners. Frankly, I have seen more grief from that than from drugs.

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