You don't think the recent spate of deaths associated with Ecstasy use could have been prevented if the drug was produced in a licensed facility with proper quality controls not to mention the right ingredients?
Certainly……Perhaps the same could be said about Heroin users on the lower East Side here (Vancouver)
I said that people in the drug industry wouldn't have to resort to violence and use guns to solve their disagreements with one another. But then, if we didn't have these people occasionally blasting away at one another certain politicians would be bereft of the perennially galvanizing issue of crime to campaign on. What on Earth would they do then?
There’s many other issues, both real and manufactured……..They could campaign on the reduction of crime their policies created.
Joking aside, my only reservations on legalising “drug use” are the following:
1. Doesn’t increase wait times at the border.
2. Police have a similar technology to check for impaired drivers
3. I don’t have to pay for it.
The first two could simply be solved with technology, as for the third, I’d be open to examining if we’d actually save money as taxpayers by making the damn stuff legal…….Less policing, court costs, incarceration and medical treatment would all show potential for the overall bottom line, and if proven to save money, I’d rather subsidize the stuff than pay all the other associated costs…..
I’m near 50, I don’t use the stuff (Obviously tried pot as a teen in the 70s) today, and probably one of the few CPC members that favour at least looking at the potential of saving some real money here, to say nothing on allowing adults to do as they please.
I think though, the true legalization crowd, like the “Occupiers”, seriously need to reshape their message and cut out all the tin-foil hat BS if they ever want to resonate with the average voter and in fact effect change……….
If a few million gun owners can get behind a party to implement change to their given cause, I fail to see why the millions of Canadians that use recreational drugs can’t do the same………It comes down to how you packet the message.
Edited by Derek L, 10 February 2012 - 09:46 PM.
The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.