Live right and every other day is a good one to die.
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: The Big Island, BC.
to those against decriminalization of the simple possession of bud based on the 'gateway' argument, or the 'kids will get it' argument;
We could probably all debate each other until we're blue in the face. Citing the dozens of studies that show bud is not dangerous, or the hand full of others. We could look at whom funded any given studies, we could talk about how the 'war on drugs' kicked off, we could cite instances in our personal lives have been impacted by addiction or dug use. Ultimately, no minds are going to be changed so instead i'll just say this;
There are many communities in north America where blow, crack, meth, H and E are easier for a kid to get their hands on than beer or smokes. Whatever your personal position is on the smoking of bud... criminalization has not stopped people from using it, it has simply sent millions to prison, given them life-long records for the recreational use of a non-addictive and comparatively safe substance -- barring them from future employment or travel. Your taxes imprison these people... billions of dollars a year, only to have them released and in many cases given no option but to become a real criminal or a bag boy. it's a shitty system no matter which side you support.
Furthermore though... i'm no libertarian but i think they have the right idea when they say 'more freedom'. We shouldn't be limiting people's freedom based on the moral outrage of the vocal minority, or family values / religious-inspired movements. The charter of rights and freedoms (in Canada) and the constitution -- and those who drafted these documents -- didn't limit the rights of others. these documents were drafted to enforce the rights of the people on the government, vocal minority and the majority... there is something seriously wrong with a system based on these sorts of documents which works to limit what an individual chooses to put into their very own body.
more freedom. decriminalize.
happy to live in BC, where bud is nothing but a ticket and that's only if you run into a particularly assholy cop.