May 16, 2010, 11:39 PM
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Re: [sioux4noff] This has got to stop.
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I understand now what you mean by the drugs would be free. Thinking of how easy it is to grow hemp, I guess I've never thought of a pot smoker as a junkie.
The part I managed to leave out in the last post was - if a junkie is currently unable to support his/her habit and is mugging people for the next fix, I don't see that person becoming a law abiding citizen just because their drug of choice is now legal. If they are stealing to feed a habit now, they will probably still be stealing to feed that habit even if it is a legal drug.
I am not familiar with a lot of drug users, but have never heard of anyone being a social heroin user (like a social drinker). Doesn't mean they don't exist, though.
I do not like thinking of the pot smoker being a junkie, but by definition the law makes him so.
You are right that a heroin user is what is mostly referred to as a "junkie." The price of the product is insane and the addiction so profound it drives the user into doing "whatever it takes" to get his next fix. To make the poppy plant into heroin requires a process and is not "free" but neither does it require rocket-science and doesn't warrant the prices demanded on the street. However, the plant itself will render a suitable substitute, provided ample quantity, virtually free.
Long before drug prohibition people were using and getting hooked on opium products, some functioning in reasonable social fashion but others becoming consummed in the use of the drug and becoming less and less productive. The addiction to the opiates in use then was less intense and problematic than with heroin today which is a refinement that renders just the "finer aspects" of the opium drug. Incidently, heroin was initially conceived as a drug to assist in getting people off morphine addiction.
It is tragic for a young, healthy person to become addicted to opiates but it should be an option for an older person who is ailing. In that instance you would likely find a profound metamorphosis in a person that was just barely coping in agony beforehand to the extent of making them much more pleasant and social. For the hopelessly addicted youth I deem it preferrable to supplying his habit, and even a room or a cell to waste away his life into oblivion over the current system we have in place now.
There are more problematic drugs out there now, such as methamphetamine, but in a different legal environment would be much easier to deal with. I believe alcohol to be much more insidious a drug than for the acceptance it merits as a national pasttime. Pot is much more benign and the plant itself very beneficial, except to protected interests.
(This post was edited by Peter on May 17, 2010, 12:28 AM)