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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, August 07, 2017, 10:45 (72 days ago) @ h4Dan

OK, I agree with you about pot but I don't believe opium or it's derivatives ought to be legalized.

I'm trying to get your take on the harder drugs like meth, heroin, etc..

So you're apparently all for continuing the same failed policy that criminalizes users and dealers and has given us the highest rate of deaths of heroin users since stats begin being kept on the subject.

Even our governor here in Guerrero is already halfway on board with me. He wants to legalize poppy cultivation by Guerrero's farmers who mostly live in remote regions of the state where extreme poverty prevails. Those regions and their product are currently controlled by extremely violent organized criminals, such as those who disappeared the 43 teaching students from Ayotzinapa 2 years ago. The only way to level the playing field between the criminals and the police forces is to remove the stupidly banned drugs from the equation since they represent the greatest source of income for every cartel in the nation. The poor farmers are not to blame for cultivating what makes them the most money.

The same goes for the folks who cultivate coca in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia.

The same goes for the neighborhood dealers throughout the USA who are mostly folks just trying to make ends meet and pay their bills just like anyone else.

Criminalizing those folks and their activities along with the users, most who are neither addicts nor abusers, serves no beneficial purpose to society other than to cost the taxpayers billions and to fill jails and cause an unending backlog in the respective justice systems so that too often more important criminal matters don't get proper attention.

Some smart fella allegedly once said:
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results."


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