Saturday, July 28, 2007
About 70,000,000 to 100,000,000 Americans have tried marijuana. Several hundred thousand of them are in prison for that fact. 69,000,0000 to 99,000,000 got away with it. Why don't we decriminalize it, legalize it, or get really serious about it?
We could randomly drug test everybody. They come up positive, let's throw them in jail for five years. That would fix the problem right?
It's why the drug war is a joke. White people do more drugs than blacks, but more black folk get sent to prison for the offense. When laws are selectively enforced, they become oppressive.
We could eliminate drug use on the spot if we decide to become totalitarian either through compassion (treatment for all who test positive), or locking them up and throwing away the key.
Instead, we bust selective people for the offense, and pretend that throwing away the lives of hundreds of thousands of people while tsk tsking at them is a solution. Almost half of all adults in this country are drug criminals. We either fix "the problem" or we quit acting ridiculously