Starting 0 hours, January 1st 2014, medical and recreational use of marijuana is allowed in the state of Colorado, USA. Certain restrictions apply, regarding public consumption, maximum weight, driving while stoned.
We always opposed the irrational drug policy, especially regarding relatively harmless marijuana. The cost of the US’ international war on drugs is mindboggling. It created huge, powerful, violent criminal cartels that move billions and almost trillions of dollars. US prisons are full of drug users, small scale drug sellers, and criminal warlords that were created by the opportunities to deliver illegal but sought after drugs.
Poor Afghan families using Opium as cure-all, to sleep and as remedy. Maybe traditional low dosage natural opium does them better then a US drug war poisoning their fields and destroying their culture. The old ladies in the CNN movie look healthy, not like our inner city drug addicts. Maybe traditional drug use, be it Opium in Afghanistan, or Coca in Bolivia, is not very harmful. Maybe responsible drug usage should be studied scientifically. Certainly marijuana is less harmful then the drug war.
"If I don’t give him opium he doesn’t sleep," she says. "And he doesn’t let me work."
Aziza comes from a poor family of carpet weavers in Balkh province. She has no education, no idea of the health risks involved or that opium is addictive. "We give the children opium whenever they get sick as well," she says, crouching over her loom. With no real medical care in these parts and the high cost of medicine, all the families out here know is opium. It’s a cycle of addiction passed on through generations. Afghan infants fed pure opium: Generations of Opium Addiction
Just look at the old ladies in the CNN opium movie. Look much healthier then the McDonalds-fed fat old ladies in the USA. Maybe our obese sedentary culture is more harmful then traditional Opium and Coca use. This is meant as food for thought. We lack the time to do a profound study on drug effects in Afghan peasants. We are not the experts, just go ahead and study and comment.
Read more about unhealthy living, food porn and child food porn. We poison our children, making them fat, obese, unhappy and diabetic. But we obsess about drugs that kill much less then our obesity epidemic, about possession of adolescent nude photos, etc. It is time we start obseesing about problems that kill millions.
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The world wide repression of “illegal drugs” with all its terrible side effects originates from the USA.
“Harry J Anslinger was head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics which enforced the prohibition of alcohol in the U.S.A. from 1919 to 1933. When prohibition was repealed, Anslinger, in order to keep and justify his existence and job, created the Orwellian lies about a new killer drug – marihuana. [...] In 1937 Anslinger had a hearing conducted before Congress which resulted in the Marihuana Tax Act and henceforth the whole legal injustice took off.”THE JURISPRUDENCE OF THE ILLEGAL DRUG LAWS AND WHY THE DRACONIAN PENALTIES ?
All irrational witch hunts seem to originate in the USA.
All irrational witch hunts seem to originate in the USA(child porn witch hunt, teenage sex witch hunt, anti prostitution witch hunt, and illegal drug witch hunt). And the USA imposes the witch hunt upon the rest of the world.
Why is this so? Who has the answers?
Drug Liberalization in Portugal and Holland: a success
Portugal just reports clear successes with legalization of drugs. Holland legalization of drugs and most of teenage sex is a resounding success.
“Portugal decriminalized possession of all drugs in 2001. The outcome, after nearly a decade, according to a study published in the November issue of the British Journal of Criminology: less teen drug use, fewer HIV infections, fewer AIDS cases and more drugs seized by law enforcement. Adult drug use rates did slightly increase — but this increase was not greater than that seen in nearby countries that did not change their drug policies. The use of drugs by injection declined.” Read more: Portugal’s Drug Experience: New Study Confirms Decriminalization Was a Success
“The Dutch are known for their liberal attitudes toward sex and drugs: while not officially legal, marijuana use and sale in “coffee shops” is tolerated in The Netherlands, as is prostitution, most notoriously in the street windows of Amsterdam’s red light district. Pragmatism, the Dutch have long believed, is better than punitive prohibition — and they’ve got lots of data on their side.While 12% of the American population has smoked marijuana in the last month, for example, the same is true of only 5% of citizens of The Netherlands.” Read more: What the U.S. Can Learn from the Dutch About Teen Sex
Junkies don’t want Aids. They want to use clean needles. Clean needles eliminate the Aids problem in injectable drug addicts. So, logically, let’s provide clean needles! A non-brainer. But then comes drug policy, moralistic prejudice, (unconscious) wish to punish the sinners with Aids, police arrest for needle possession. Result: addicts use dirty needles and get HIV.
Human Irrationality, dogmas, blindness at its best.“People do stupid things. That’s what spreads HIV.”
Needle exchange is an even clearer solution then condom use efforts. Because condoms are unpleasant. Clean needles are not even detracting from drug “pleasure”.
Our “morality” is outdated & immoral. We need updated morality.
Drug War, morality, religion, sexual morality etc prevent needle exchanges, thus cause HIV infection and deaths. Call it insanity. Call it suffering and death caused by false outdated stupid “morality”. Dogma, blindness, self-deception ….. We believe in our 2000year old holy books. They were very good for their times. But no biblical author knew about HIV virus transmission or drug addiction therapy. In later posts I will write about Peter Singer’s utilitarism as a help to guide our morals.
Elisabeth Pisani @ TED
“People do stupid things. That’s what spreads HIV.” [ . . . ] Now, let’s look at it from a policy maker’s point of view. This is a really easy problem. For once, your incentives are aligned. We’ve got what’s rational for public health. You want people to use clean needles, and junkies want to use clean needles. So we could make this problem go away simply by making clean needles universally available and taking away the fear of arrest. ted.com/talks/view/id/818
Now, the first person to figure that out and do something about it on a national scale was that well-known, bleeding heart liberal Margaret Thatcher. And she put in the world’s first national needle exchange program and other countries followed suit, Australia, The Netherlands and few others, and in all of those countries, you can see, not more than four percent ever became infected with HIV, of injectors.
In places that didn’t do this, New York City for example, Moscow, Jakarta, we’re talking, at its peak, one in two injectors infected with this fatal disease. Now, Margaret Thatcher didn’t do this because she has any great love for junkies. She did it because she ran a country that had a national health service. So, if she didn’t invest in effective prevention, she was going to have pick up the costs of treatment later on, and obviously those are much higher. So she was making a politically rational decision. Now, if I take out my public health nerd glasses here, and look at these data, it seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it. But in this country, where the government apparently does not feel compelled to provide health care for citizens, we’ve taken a very different approach. So what we’ve been doing in the United States is reviewing the data, endlessly reviewing the data. So these are reviews of hundreds of studies by all the big muckety-mucks of the scientific pantheon in the United States, and these are the studies that show needle programs are effective, quite a lot of them. ted.com/talks/view/id/818
Rational Publich Healty Policy demands
allow needle exchange to make addiction less dangerous
consider furnishing cleaner, cheaper, less harmful drugs
Of course, if we furnish needles, we should also furnish anti-addiction therapy, public information, etc. Some think one should not spend money to prevent addicts from getting AIDS: these addicts pass on AIDS to non-addicted innocent partners, who then could pass it on to you and me. And once an addict has AIDS, society helps to treat the medical AIDS cases with massive financial investments. Needles are cheaper!
We need morality and public action to reign in disease & death through drugs
We need to try to reduce drug damage by information policy, advertising, influencing public opinion, education, ………
The government’s approval of a table specifying what amounts of drugs are permissible is a vital part of the country’s new penal code that was last year approved by both houses of parliament and in January of this year was signed into law by President Vaclav Klaus. Without the just-approved table of amounts that will be used by Czech police, the January decriminalization of the drug would be difficult to judge by courts and investigators.
The plant still remains illegal, however, though from the new year possession of five or less plants is merely a misdemeanour, and fines for possession will be on par with penalties for parking violations.
The Czech decision is in sync with the country’s liberal, Dutch-like social attitudes and laissez-faire approach to civil liberties.
There is also an interesting lifestyle footnote: Czechs are Europe’s biggest drinkers of hops-infused beer and are also the continent’s leaders in smoking pot.
Great that people don’t go to jail for the victimless crime of possessing drugs for their own use. This is a great start. Using certain drugs may be stupid (e.g. too much alcohol), but that should not be a criminal case.
“Unfortunately [the law]‘s not bringing anything new on the prevention side, and this is most worrying.” http://www.radio.cz/en/article/123873 Intense government campaigns should make using drugs less “hip” and reduce usage and abuse. Unfortunately alcohol usage is a huge problem world wide, and of course other drugs may become a bigger health problem too.
Where should these drugs come from? the delivery guy still is criminalized and thus drug crime still a problem. Except if every user now starts growing his own supply. Everyone engaging in agriculture might be very good but creates other problems (what to do with surplus harvest, or when stocks run out, or before the pot is harvested). What if I don’t like growing plants at home, or mom does not allow it? And where should I get my ecstasy and heroin supply from, legally?
Compare Dutch Drug Laws
By allowing possession and retail sales of cannabis, but not cultivation or wholesale, the government creates numerous problems of crime and public safety, he alleges, and therefore he would like to switch to either legalising and regulating production, or to the full repression
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Another absurd example of drug policy going haywire. The sugar content and artificial coloring, and the empty calories are deadly menaces to public health. Very minute traces of cocaine are probably totally inefficient, maybe even beneficial according to old South American Indian tradition. Certainly the coffeine is more dangerous. It will be interesting if such traces will be found in other foodstuffs.
The illegal cocaine alkaloid – one of 10 found in coca and representing only 0.8% of the plant’s chemical make-up – is chemically removed before use, as mandated by international anti-narcotics agencies.
admin: Jack, there are worse inequalities. Like 2 drunks having sex and the drunk man being the rapist, the drunk woman being the victim. Of course, the man as victim of his sex drive and lack of sex is often the exploited party, especially if the woman charges in an... 00
Jack No-Name: God I hate this crap. If society decides to outlaw the selling of something it should be illegal for both the buyer and the seller. To make it illegal for only one of the parties creates a situation in which that party can be exploited by the other for... 00
admin: That is a good point. I personally am dedicated to absolute peaceful non-violent means. Of course, one can get angry and still be non-violent. I sometimes mention that MRA (men’s rights advocates) could try to use the same outrageous tactics, unreasonable... 00
theantifeminist: @HumanStupidity There’s one question I’d like to ask you regarding your whole approach to anti-feminism. You think that the majority of human beings are stupid and irrational – hence the title of this site (and I agree with you... 00
Jack No-Name: Here’s two interesting reads on the subject of adolescent pregnancy and its implications for male sexuality. Warning: They get a bit technical. http://blogs.scientificamerica n.com/context-and-variation/20 12/01/18/interrogating-clai... 00
admin: Another cute female teacher getting away with what I consider quite severe and life changing punishment, but admittedly is not even 2% of what a male teacher would get for the same “crime” http://www.khou.com/news/cnn/T eacher-gets-probation-for-h... 00
schopenbecq: “@Schopenbeq, I let people like @E talk, because they express the (wrong) majority opinion. It is not just @E, rather entire sociology departments, women’s studies departments, the US congress, senate, presidency do exactly the same antiscientific... 00
schopenbecq: @HS I’m not sure what you get out of having a feminist false flag MHRA child abuser dominating the comments section here, but it’s your site. If it’s a commitment to free speech, why don’t you allow E to write a guest article for you? 00
schopenbecq: @E You’re a joke. You refer to an E-How article as evidence that higher risk of harm for teen mothers is ‘indisputable’> ??? The idea that teen mothers health problems have anything to do with age rather than social circumstances has... 00
Eric: HS: And while Americans men are being locked up under AOC laws, including phony jihads against ‘sex trafficking’, US Secretary of State Lurch Kerry is demanding international crusades on behalf of so-called ‘gay rights’:... 00
Clarence: E: The research I’ve seen states that it’s pregnancies at ages younger than 15 that tend to have health issues. I also stated that we could use more teen and young adult (prior to age 25) pregnancies -not just teen pregnancies- for the simple fact... 11
admin: In today’s PC terror climate in Universities, no sound academic will present results that get him ostracized and dismissed. So all such research has to be taken with a grain of salt. And frankly, I don’t have the time to try to debunk all such... 00
admin: milton diamond My interest in child sexuality is only to point out that research shows it is not as terrible as it is made out to be. Under today’s witch hunt circumstances, it certainly will turn traumatic for everyone involved. I would want to focus on... 10
E: @Admin: You brought up child pornography not I. You indicate its a good alternative to adult-on-minor sex. I thought adult-on-minor sex was healthy, normal & good? Why would you suggest a substitute to something that is healthy, normal & good? You’re... 02
admin: @E, would you bother to follow the Milton Diamond links, to my article, to his original research. Could data sway you and change your conviction? a) @E will read several original Milton Diamond research reports, together with literature on the Rind study, be... 20
admin: @E: You can show that all drug addicts started with Coca Cola (or Pepsi Cola). Political correctness justifies such unqualified statements as yours. They totally ignore serious academic research, that uses strict research methods. Milton Diamond watched crime... 01
E: @Admin: Many studies & interviews with sexual predators of underage children, and also sexual predators of adults, many of them got their start with pornography. Saying that the availability of child pornography helps keep pedophiles hands off children is like... 01
E: Since basically none of the commenters here are able to provide some facts or statistics, here are a few: Sex before the age of 15 years and among partners where there is a large age difference may increase the risk of HIV transmission.1 2 Governments can, to some... 01
E: Schopenbecq, you’re a goof. Still didn’t answer my question. The more you jibber-jabber, the more you prove my point. Please, keep writing lol. Love it. 01
E: @Jack – those are your words, not mine. Cognitive development is the issue. You wouldn’t call a 2yr old baby dumb would you? No, because the baby isn’t developed. So why do you call a 12 or 14yr old dumb for lack of development. Sorry you feel... 00
admin: @E: your opinions are quite valid as to how to watch for your own kid. I don’t see, though, how they require enormous heavy handed government intervention, more effort then fighting bank robbers and vicious street gang assaults on innocent people. And more... 00
admin: And again, you refuse to answer my question. All respected science strongly suggests that the only real harm involved in ‘adults’ having sex with teenagers is the societal reaction and shaming of the act and subsequent victim labelling. You wish to force the... 00
schopenbecq: “If a 300lb male teacher stuck his dick up your 13yr old son’s ass, albeit consensually, you’d kill the dude. If a 120lb female teacher stuck her finger up your son’s ass, consensually, you’d congratulate him. You’re the one who takes the woman’s side... 21
schopenbecq: ” I don’t know but I don’t know that we can correlate AOC directly to lower teen pregnancies. Let me know what you find on stats would be interested to see.” Well I know and I know that the USA is one of a handful of countries in the world where... 10
Jack No-Name: Americans are too dumb to handle sex in their teens! LOL you said it not me! 10
E: @Jack: I don’t know the statistics of unwanted pregnancies in minors in other countries. Clarence has introduced the pregnancy issue into this discussion so I’ll let you guys bring some stats on it. However, I think in many other countries children... 00
E: @Clarence. We don’t have enough teen pregnancy? You’re kidding me. I don’t even need to reply to that one. I didn’t know that antibiotics were used as contraception. There is some information out there that antibiotics can INTERFERE with... 01
Jack No-Name: Don’t countries with lower ages of consent generally have lower rates of teen pregnancy and sex crimes? Correlation doesn’t always mean causation though in this case it makes sense. I imagine countries with lower AOCs have more liberal, open... 00
Clarence: E: What “Pandora’s Box” are you talking about? Have you forgotten about abortion and widespread birth control? Have you forgotten about antibiotics and all sorts of barrier methods for contraception on the part of both male and female? Heck,... 10
Bill: “They are not adults, a 14yr old (usually) just doesn’t get it. They don’t know the adult world and the games & manipulation adults play.” Actually, many “sheltered” adults are not “street wise.” They don’t know the Satanic... 00
E: @Clarence. Agree with your first paragraph entirely. I’m 44 and also see the growth of the Police State. As I mentioned earlier, we lock up pot smokers & tax cheats for years, yet let violent criminals out on parole after serving half their sentence.... 21
Clarence: E: Well, that’s the problem, now, isn’t it? We don’t help teens grow up. We ignore and leave them to their own devices for 5 years. Where often (esp in US High Schools) they build their own “Lord of the Flies” level society based... 30
E: Thanks Jack. Although I disagree with you, I appreciate your candor & the lack of hostility. Nature may have(?) intended sexual activity at younger ages, b/c our general life expectancy was around 45yrs or so. Essentially, they had to ‘hurry up’ and... 10
Jack No-Name: My personal belief is that the age of consent should be about 12. I think boys and girls at that age are capable of deciding for themselves whether to have sex or not. In fact it would be strange if they weren’t mentally ready at that age since it... 20
E: @Admin: Can’t believe we’re discussing adult sex with minors…but alas, that is the case. Whats the cutoff age, ie, the youngest age you believe children can have sex with adults? You mention world crimes. In Thailand, pedophiles pay 7 & 8yr old... 20
Dylan: A level of stupidity where a country deserves to be destroyed. The guilty party is not the feminist but the society and media enabling her 00
Dylan: This hysteria is now the official western religion. It makes up in intensity what it lacks in scope. 00
admin: What is the punishment for giving alcohol to a minor? Responsible safe sex with a minor is much less damaging then binge drinking, thus should carry a lower penalty. Possession of photos of alcohol, though intended to seduce people into alcohol consumption, is... 20
Jack No-Name: In that case, maybe it should be illegal but the punishment is only having their teaching license revoked. I really don’t see the point of sending people to prison for consensual sex. 10
Unlucky Bones: This has been a long while since anyone has posted on it, but I feel my opinion is just as valid, even if belated. I work construction, everyday, I am subjected to the wims of my boss, and those whom we are employed by. I am subjected to numerous things... 00