Al's Ramblings

Monday, May 23, 2016

(5/23/2016 03:30:00 PM) - Al

The hell you say.

I predicted petty crime, such as vandalism and the like would go way up, and as of yet, we have not seen that...though I wonder if there is really anyone keeping track of petty, minor crimes...except insurance companies, who would raise premiums more in said states if that were true.

Time will tell. I have not really ever stated an opinion on legalization. I have pointed out it is basically decriminalized now, as no one goes to prison for using, just dealing, and I refuse to have any pity or sorrow for throwing drug dealers into prison. However, knowing Prohibition was a failure of mammoth proportion...not only was alcohol readily available, it led to all sorts of other negatives...corrupt and ineffective law enforcement, police focusing far too much on this one area of crime, organized crime profits, violence between rival factions...look back at that list of problems and compare it to the current problems with cocaine, meth, heroine, and so on, odds are you'll notice similarities.

I get it, drugs are bad. However, not only am I a contrarian, I'm also a conservative...I'm not one to ban stuff just because it's "icky" or "not my thing." As many have noted, am I going to run out and start using now illegal drugs if they were suddenly a health care issue and not a criminal offense? Of course not? Would my wife? No. The vast majority of friends, acquaintances, coworkers, family members? No.

But we know some would. Most would be people who struggle with alcohol and other "problems" now. Many would be young people, and no one wants to see 15-24 year olds dead, even if it does occur from their own bad decisions and bad behavior. And, point blank, banning it only makes it more tempting to many, as France and many other nations have no set drinking age for drinking wine with your family, and they have far fewer teen alcoholics than we do.

{Dr. Drew's most memorable quote was when he said, "We have a lot of people with drinking problems that are not even of the legal drinking age. You can't even measure how ineffective such a law is."}

5/23/2016 03:30:00 PM

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