cokehead wrote:I think one of the biggest benefits of decriminalization would be the "de-funding" of organized crime. That should reduce violent crime, especially in our cities where gangs have turf wars over distribution territories.
I'm a little uneasy with decriminalizing Everything. I think things like crack and crystal meth should stay illegal. They do cause violent behavior and serious heath issues. It is the violence I'm most concerned with. I knew a very nice person who's jealous crackhead boyfriend murdered her because she wanted to break up with him. He took a baseball bat to her and just for got measure smashed her head with a sewing machine. I can't fathom how any sane person could do that to anyone, especially someone you supposidly loved.
That stuff happens anyway. With or without crack. If that's the reasoning, ban alcohol as well because it's just as likely.
My father was the jealous type, and a drunk. My earliest childhood memory is of my father smashing my mothers head into the side of his '65 Econoline van.
But my mother gave as good as she got because she was a drunk too. The last time they were in the same room together, besides my wedding, and I made sure they stayed FAR apart, he was choking her against the wall, and she was smashing him in the head with the wall phone.
My entire childhood was a "pay per view" event based on alcohol.
The biggest reason why drugs will NEVER be legalized is because it will defund law enforcement. There's too much money made putting people in prison to ever make it legal.