Originally Posted by jack404
that or a $10,000 no questions asked bounty on dope smugglers
drop the bod with the dope at the sheriff's office and get a voucher for $10,000
once the dope smugglers realise that theres 2000 bounty hunters out there they will find willing mules awful hard to find , and it'll put the price of dope way up when it gets short and make it less accessable to those who are stupid enough to use it
but you gotta lock up the users ,
1 st offence treatment
2nd offence treatment in jail at their expense
3rd time 5 years no if's, no butt's
without the demand , the supply will go away too
Sorry to rain on your parade, but that could possibly be the exact opposite of what we need to do.
Let's analyze what's REALLY happening shall we?
What we have today is a modern version of PROHIBITION.
What did we learn from PROHIBITION in the past? well..
-- It FUNDED and basically CREATED the MAFIA in the US. (good job!)
-- It served NO purpose other than to allow those who think they have the right to tell others what to do, how they can live their lives.
Hmmm. Those aren't great starting points to look at our current "war on some drugs" are they?
Why is alcohol legal but grass isnt? I'm sure numerous and uncountable dollars and agencies are involved in "funded" crime fighting which puts people in jail for non violent crimes like pot possession. So they have a vested interest in keeping it illegal.
I know that statistics prove that when a police officer pulls over a car for a busted tail light, a registration violation or some other "minor" infraction, they have an increased chance of making a felony arrest.
What I'm talking about is not ignoring the bad guys and also not making stoners into the cash cow of the prison system and it's unions and terror effects on our state budgets. Ohhh you dont want to vote for that TAX? OK, well, we'll just start releasing prisoners... only, as we have in fact seen here in CA, what we get is rapists and murderers released, so pot smoking ditch diggers can sleep in over crowded jails.
I do not subscribe to the Libertarian view on legalizing ALL drugs! For TWO reasons...
ONE: They can not both legalize and defund all the state sponsored programs at the same time, it's just not possible. So what we'd end up with is all the liberal programs for revolving door rehabilitation paid for with tax funds with a litany of the worst drugs imaginable now in main steam... for example crack and meth. I'm all for the legalization of pot and peyote and licking toads and smoking banana peels and what-the-hell-ever someone wants to do like that... but there are monstrosities that WE have created in science that were never intended to happen, and if any Libertarian wants to refute it, then please explain why Meth should be legal. We'll go round and round...
TWO: Because of their all or nothing attitude, in both drugs and foreign wars, they leave many conservatives without a reason to join them. Yes they are pro 2A, yes they are pro pot, but you get a shitload of nasty in-laws when you get married to them.
They might want to think about that... just a thought...
Lets get back to busting and incarcerating all the dope smokers...
How ****ing stupid is that? What is that costing us TODAY? how much will it cost when tomorrow is ten years away? That number has become an economy all of it's own.
And for what? chuckleheads that want to eat nachos and watch Cheech and Chong movies?
There's also mixed results on the legalization of drugs. If you look at Amsterdam they have some serious problems, but they also became the poster child of legal use with basically our US issue of illegal immigration, only it was drug users.
Compare that to Lisbon... now all of a sudden, drug use is down... it's legal but it's down. Less money is spent on voluntary rehabilitation than either incarceration or forced intervention treatments before it was legal, lives are better, and it costs less. Hmmm....
It's like beer in Germany. It's legal... so kids dont grow up with the stigma they have to have it... it's just not that big of a deal, so control themselves and everything will be fine...
Seems like a no brainer to me...