Tuesday, February 17, 2009


  Honest talk from some prominent folks.  

  We've destroyed the Bill of Rights and law enforcement in the US over this, as well as dissolving every civil government to the south.  This war only empowers the bureacracy of government.
  I know!  Let's drug test everyone who files income tax and charge them for it out of the IRS refund!


Old NFO said...

Narco terrorism is a fact of life in South America and South East Asia...

Anonymous said...

Okay so what's your solution? And don't tell me that legaization is the way to go. I spent some time in both Switzerland and The Netherlands after they both legalized drugs, and the public areas in both of those countries got real ugly real fast.

smith kaich jones said...

In addition to losing this battle against people's desire to take drugs, I contend that we have changed the thinking re: committing any illegal act. Who among us doesn't know someone who smokes or has smoked marijuana, thus committing a crime - in some places (I assume) still a felony? When I was a teenager this was no big deal - again, if you weren't doing it, you probably knew of someone who was, and paid no penalty. I contend that it is just a skip & a jump from learning to take that particular law not seriously, to taking other laws lightly. Over time, it has become not unusual for most of us to know someone who regularly commits an illegal act - is it any wonder kids/young people behave in ways that are disrespectful to law enforcement, to those in authority? I would argue that it is not just because they are at "that" age, or that they have no fathers at home, or any of the usual explanations - although I believe all of those things contribute. We have taught those younger than us that it is unimportant to heed the law - if drug laws are ignored so freely by so many, why should they bother to take any laws seriously?

Do I have the answer? No. But I think we have created a huge problem by changing the thought process re: laws in general. That bothers me tremendously.


Robert said...

Legalize, starting with coke and grass. I'm not going to say it would be perfect, but what we are doing is a disaster of the ultimate degree.

Anonymous said...

"Legalize, starting with coke and grass."

They would not agree with you in Mendocino County, CA, the largest legal growers of commercial marijuana.

If they ever legalize it in Texas, you might change your mind if someone bought the homes on either side of you and started growing it indoors and not to live there.


Isn't the answer complete legalization?

Many of us agree the best solution is an end to federal and state prohibition, but that’s beyond our control. The best thing we can do right now is to get in line with the state guidelines so that we aren’t a magnet for commercial growers who care only about profit and care nothing about our neighborhoods, public safety, or the environment.

The “no-limits” policy in Mendocino County since 2000 has made us a magnet for marijuana growers who move here for a quick profit. This influx has caused many serious problems, including:

Public safety—Home invasions by armed robbers have terrorized innocent families. Growers bring guns and attack dogs into residential neighborhoods in response. Local residents feel unsafe on their own property during harvest season.

Public nuisance—The strong odor from marijuana plants unreasonably impacts neighbors who in some cases live only a few feet away.

Environment—Illegal diversion of streams, spills of diesel fuel, hazardous waste, fires, poisoning of wildlife, erosion and massive dumping of plastic debris and other trash is causing an environmental disaster in Mendocino County.

Schools—Schools continue to be impacted with several cases of backyard marijuana growing over the fence from local schools. Further, local students are increasingly turning to marijuana cultivation as a "career path".

Roads—Speeding vehicles driven by growers, their workers and customers have impacted rural roads. Some roads are pounded into dust by diesel delivery and water trucks.

Robert said...

Repeat: We can have one or the other: A Bill of Rights and a free society or a Drug War. I say the Drug War goes.