Friday, February 03, 2006

Puppies against prohibition

The Drug Czar's "blog" touts the horrifying fact that traffickers are now hiding smuggled drugs inside (yes, inside) puppies as an example of what "drug money supports."

More accurately, this reprehensible behavior is what drug prohibition supports. If drugs were produced and sold in a regulated legal market, there'd be absolutely no incentive for thugs to treat pups like this.

End prohibition. To protect young pups.


asb. said...

And what's more, the "puppy story" has made the New York Times RSS feed, if my gmail account is any indication. Not a dog story, or a canine story, mind you...a puppy story. *sigh*

800 pound gorilla said...

The War on Drugs is a self fulfilling scam: you arbitrarily designate [OK it's all racially motivated so hard core is extremely venal] "dangerous drugs">criminals pandering to dysfunctional in society> more problems involving users of banned drugs>more enforcement of regular laws [blamed on drugs not dysfunction>higher prices>profits for criminals>more money for promoting violence>more suffering for people who are not dysfunctional>more support for "tough on drugs" feel good legislation>more profits for criminals>more violence.

Anyway you get the picture. I could have gone several paragraphs. Eventually it will either spiral out of control or the implementation will become a joke. Oops, did I write WILL become a joke. If you heard the last excerpt from you will realize that enforcement is a joke - at least for those with enough economic and political influence to avoid consequences of this scam. Repeat after me and former Governor Gary Johnson [another old fart amateur athlete like myself]: the drug war is a hoax, the drug war is a hoax......

Jason said...

How's this for an catchy slogan:

"The Drug War kills puppies!

End the Drug War!"

I made a poster last night.

Anonymous said...

"Anyway you get the picture. I could have gone several paragraphs."

I don't doubt that.

Would it have hurt to mention puppies in your comment?

Do you have a cache of rants saved to your hard drive that you cut and paste arbitrarily [your favorite insult] to blog comment boards??

Anonymous said...

so wait, you support legalizing heroin also? let me know, because if that's the case, you're WAY off. Weed is one thing, but heroin? comon.

Justin Holmes said...

Heroin prohibition has been less successful and more destructive than marijuana prohibition in my opinion.

I am a marijuana user and not a heroin user. In fact several people close to me have died as a result of their relationship with heroin.

The fact that tens of thousands of people die from heroin speaks to the fact that prohibiting it does not prevent it from being a danger to society.

Furthermore, prohibition enables criminal cartels to make literally hundreds of billions of dollars each year from heroin and cocaine alone.

Instead of prohibiting it, it should be available through some legal source, either in a similar way as alcohol, via prescription, or the "clinic model," where addicts register and visit clinics to receive heroin administered by medical professionals with clean needles and social services on-site.

There are many possibilities for reducing the harm associated with heroin and other drugs with which people often develop problematic relationships.

I personally believe that someday it will be for the best that government is completely uninvolved with drugs, and that communication technlogy will facilitate a system of databasing of various sources of drugs and their purity, as well as information about the chemicals themselves.

At present, we have the worst-case scenario: little information is available about purity and effects of drugs, criminals are reaping huge fortuntes, and people are still dying.

Although I believe that marijuana prohibition should also be ended, it would be a stretch to say that it has resulted in as much misery, corruption, and terror as the prohibition of heroin.

Jason said...

so wait, you support legalizing heroin also?

Yes, legalize heroin. For heck's sake, don't make it readily available regardless of purity, age, or public safety. But take its distribution away from heartless criminals.

Saying we need to legalize drugs is not a radical call for a bacchanalian society. It's an acknowledgement that prohibition doesn't work. And that's a starting point to a wider debate about better drug policies.