Well, decriminalization is a great start, but I support full legalization.
I'd answer your scenario with this: Drug use rates are not significantly lowered by drug laws. Use rates in America simply have not been substantially affected by the war on drugs:
And the reason for this is simple: People don’t use or avoid drugs because of what the government tells them to do. They make their choices based on their own value systems. For instance, if all drugs were legal tomorrow, would you suddenly start doing meth, cocaine, and heroin? You wouldn’t, and I wouldn’t, and the vast, vast majority of us wouldn’t — because it’s not the laws which are keeping us sober. There might be a short-lived spike in experimentation, but that’s about it.
In fact, with time, we’d likely see a decline in drug use — and we know this because it’s already happened. In Portugal, a relatively similar society to ours, drugs were decriminalized over a decade ago. After 10 years, drug abuse declined by half.
It’s certainly possible and maybe even likely that major drug manufacturers would spring up in the event of drug legalization. But bringing this industry out of the shadows of criminality could only be an improvement. We already have huge drug cartels, and currently they’re extremely dangerous organizations. Given the present situation, I’d much prefer to have drug providers as “regular” businesses, able to be sued for fraud and poisonous products and uninterested in murder as a business practice.
So yeah, sign me up for legalization. I’ve never even seen pot in person, but I’m ready to completely end the war on drugs.
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The amount of blood being spilled, the violence, the loss of life that is happening around the world. Imagine how much of it is caused by governments directly and indirectly. The thought should make you feel uncomfortable. It should shake you and make you question a lot of what is communicated to you on a regular basis through all different types of media.
RE: Drugs, would you say "legalize" or "decriminalize"? As far as I'm concerned, people shouldn't be thrown in jail for possessing any illicit drug. That being said, legalizing would have larger implications, and it would be a cause for alarm, say, if someone started manufacturing on a large scale without regulation. I mean, if someone started a grow-op, who cares, but if someone started manufacturing large amounts of meth, that could be problematic. Lines in the sand?
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5-MeO-DMT is a naturally occurring psychedelic present in numerous plants and in the venom of the Bufo alvarius toad. It is found in some traditional S. American shamanic snuffs and sometimes in ayahuasca brews. It is somewhat comparable in effects to DMT; however it is substantially more potent, so it should not be confused with DMT.
Apparently if you decide not to go to college when you have the opportunity you look like a low life, lazy, fuck ass , but I don’t wanna go. I also heard college is insanely stressful and is known to rob young adults of all the money they have and money they don’t even have and leave them stressed, depressed and hating life, but apparently it’s the right thing to do…I just don’t know
I’d rather get shitty part time jobs and live in a small apartment educating myself. Idunno.
“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”
– Terence McKenna
I think that the above text is a refreshing perspective not typically touched on by the role models in most people’s lives because they too were fed the same bullshit that they’re feeding you. It’s not their fault that they were brainwashed and engineered into supposed success by this electronic media that bombarded them with nonsense and that is now doing the same to you but on a much grander scale as their implements have grown and continue to grow exponentially in parallel with the advances of our time. Stand up, let your presence be known. Create something beautiful, something helpful, something that brings you and those around you closer to one another and also that makes you happy because that happiness will drive you. Positive energy is contagious like all energy.
Hope that helps. <3
I do not support Democrats or Republicans. The left or the right. They are essentially the same. Both parties are filled with war mongers, liars and thieves. Barack Obama is war criminal, George W. Bush is a war criminal and if you support or supported either one of them then you are supporting war and destruction. You are supporting elitist sociopaths that don’t care about anybody but themselves.