Today’s installment of “Sounding Off” will deal with something that we have all heard about, usually from politicians trying to sound like they are tough on crime. Well, these are my thoughts about our so-called war on drugs.
Personally, I think everyone should be allowed to use drugs, either for medical or leisurely purposes as long as they are held responsible for the consequences of their actions. That is, they should be held accountable for any harm done to someone else.
Drug use is a bad thing. I’m not saying they are okay. Having done more than my fair share of them, I know what they can lead to. However, I do not think their effects are any worse than say…alcohol. In fact, is some ways I think alcohol is a worse danger to society than drugs.
Government prohibition is a terrible approach to limiting the misuse and abuse of narcotics (we saw the effects of prohibition in the early 20th century), whereas education and assistance groups (be it AA or NA or whatever) are much better routes to take. In addition, how much of our tax money is going to fight the war on drugs? I haven’t looked up any charts or anything but I am willing to go out on a limb and guess that it is in the billions of dollars each year.
In my opinion, I think the government should decriminalize drugs across the board and stop prosecuting non-violent drug offenders. Furthermore, we should be pardoning all those that are already rotting away and taking up much needed space in our prisons for violent criminals. If someone wants to sell someone else drugs, that is his or her right.
And that is what I think. Any thoughts?