samhill wrote:No problem Jpete, I didn't know you felt that strongly I'll get the word out & perhaps many will move to RI, guess I should say many more.
So is it your opinion that deaths cause by the drug war are "better" than deaths if it were made illegal?
What are you trying to say?
I feel strongly about the waste of blood and treasure the drug war has been from day one.
FWIW, the libertarian in me says that if you legalized and regulated it (especially quality control for manufacturing) there would be far less deaths from ODs. For one, a lot of overdoses are from a "hot dose"...in other words, the user gets used to a certain amount and then gets a purer amount and simply takes too much. QC would eliminate that issue among others.
Of course, there are other societal issues that comes from legalization as you have to deal with more addiction recovery and what not but that cost would be offset by a couple of factors to include taxation on the sale and manufacture as well as the far lower incarceration costs if you get rid of all the dealers, traffickers, manufacturers you currently have in local jails, state prisons, etc. Much like the end of Prohibition, you would eliminate the criminal element overnight (and coincidentally you'd stop funding terrorists that grow opium overseas so there's another fringe benefit).
And that doesn't even begin to delve into other legalization areas like marijuana, cocaine, speed (and all varieties of amphetamines), etc etc.
Let people make their own decisions. Much like seatbelts or making someone wear a helmet on a motorcycle, I don't see why the gov't should have a say in it. An adult should be able to make his/her own decisions if they do not hurt anyone else.