Skip to comments.Is America Ready to Decriminalize Meth and Heroin?
Posted on 02/11/2020 7:49:42 PM PST by karpov
In 1969, the height of the Sixties cultural revolution, Pew found that only 12 percent of Americans supported the legalization of pot. Fifty years later, 67 percent of voters support it. Virtually every candidate on the Democratic presidential slate backs some form of marijuana legalization. Even the Trump administration has left states to manage their own business on the matter. This year, at least one candidate supports going further and decriminalizing all drugs.
On Sunday, Fox News Chris Wallace pushed Iowa caucus winner Pete Buttigieg to explain his support for the decriminalization of all narcotics.
First, he asked Buttigieg whether laws act as a deterrent to those willing trying meth and heroin for the first time. Buttigieg dissembled, and never answered the question. One supposes, this is America, Chris, and if someone wants to freebase its none of my business, is still tad bit too libertarian for the average American voter.
Yet when Wallace pushed Buttigieg to clarify what decriminalization might entail, he couldnt provide any specifics, declaring that we shouldnt worry about the legal niceties but rather about the failures of the drug war.
Well, the difference between a felony, a misdemeanor, or no punishment at all isnt a legal nicety, its the distinction between criminalization and decriminalization, as anyone with a criminal record will tell you.
Specifics are going to be important. Most Americans have had at last some interaction with pot, which, though it might make us useless or stupid, wont kill us. When you start talking about meth and heroin, average Americans probably start picturing drug supermarkets on Main Street, kids shooting up behind 7/11s, and resultant criminality.
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If we decriminalize hard drugs, I bet we'll end up paying more for food stamps, Social Security disability, and other welfare programs to support more addicts. So I oppose decriminalizing.
War on drugs. We surrender!
America wants cheap legal and all drugs and virtually no police. We also want a min wage that’ll cost $50t over 10 years for a lousy $500 a month.
But by FAR most Americans want and demand legal drugs.
That would be the end.
Translation: Is America ready for Buttplug?
If we are going for lawlessness, then remove all laws. But that’s not what they are doing. They are promoting evil and crushing good.
We see the results from the “other” libtards in San Fran and LA. Neither of them are worth listening to
I don’t mind idiots destroying their own lives with drugs, but too often they destroy the lives of their children, too.
I have a cousin whose son used heroin. He looked like zombie but luckily he stopped using (though I suspect he could easily begin using any moment now that he believes he has it under control).
On the other hand, there would be a sell-culling of the weak who can't resist temptation. Hopefully people would learn to make the right choice and avoid drugs after seeing what unrestricted use can do.
What? Will I still get arrested for acid?
Seriously, this is criminal. Both of those drugs are devastating.
Self Cleaning Oven.
I’m good with it.
I see nothing in my copy of the constitution wherein the federal government is given any authority over what I put in my body, only by implication the authority to punish me if I harm others as a result.
Give out free 2 week supply of heroine at the welfare office. Every 2nd Wednesday, the dependent class mysteriously shrinks.
How many of you would like to try ecstasy(under medical supervision). Illegal everywhere in the world.
How about legalizing drugs in old folks homes?
I’d say keep it criminal but change sentencing for users (not dealers) with a strong treatment-instead-of-jail option. Addiction is unique in that it’s both a disease and a crime (at least in its effects on society). I think the law should recognize that. Give addicts a chance at treatment. If they don’t make it, then leave them to their fate, and put them in jail for the non-drug crimes (trespass, vandalism, petty theft, etc.) that addicts inevitably commit. We should reinstitute the vagrancy laws. If you’re living on the street with no visible means of support then you need to either shape up, go to treatment, or go to jail. We need to thread the needle on this - not saying there’s an easy solution.
China is just itching for revenge for the Opium Dens, they’ve never forgotten.
Heres an easy solution: anyone caught smuggling opioids into the US is executed. They are bringing death into our country. Thats a capital crime.
I just don’t know where to run to.......
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