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  1. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 2 years ago

    And now comes the legalize/don’t legalize drugs argument.

  2. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 2 years ago

    Yes, by all means let’s make things “right” by encouraging drug addiction. After all, they don’t cause any problems at all.

  3. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, over 2 years ago

    It’s always interesting to take a meeting with a lobbyist who’s carrying an AK-47, and to receive the endorsement of his cartel citizens group.

  4. willkepley

    willkepley said, over 2 years ago

    This is a classic.

    (Y’all know this is not current and this strip ended its run quite a while ago?)

  5. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, over 2 years ago


    It could very well BE current, tho! The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  6. $$i9

    $$i9 said, over 2 years ago

    Hey, gov’ts. get tax revenues from addicting drugs such as ethanol and tobacco. Give the people what they want. Nobody stops big business from manipulating the public from buying what they don’t need. And speaking of encouraging, look at all those old movies where actors seemed to be constantly lighting up and boozing it up. Again, big business at work.

  7. markjoseph125

    markjoseph125 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    I presume that you are in favor of prohibition, too?

  8. Mourdac

    Mourdac said, over 2 years ago

    You know it’s bad when a politician feels dirty.

  9. Melekalikimaka

    Melekalikimaka said, over 2 years ago

    I think exoticdoc2 is under the misconception that prohibition works. Forgot that part in the history books where prohibition breeds crime. Really big, dangerous, shoot ’em up crime. Alcohol prohibition ended because states were tired of people shooting at each other, killing innocents, and killing people with their bathtub gin.

  10. chip42

    chip42 said, over 2 years ago

    Without Prohibition where would Joe Kennedy have been? The American royal family would not exist.

  11. sarah413

    sarah413 said, over 2 years ago

    Topical then. Topical now. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

  12. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, over 2 years ago


    Impressive, isn’t it? How long it’s taken to figure out prohibition and criminalization are ineffective means of managing people’s desires for drug use.

    Make no mistake, drugs—legal and illegal—can make a mess of a person’s life, but treating him/her s a criminal instead of a patient in need of care does not do much to solve the real problem.

  13. drickard

    drickard GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    There’s not enough soap in the world for that grime, Opus

  14. markmoss1

    markmoss1 said, over 2 years ago


    Also, Prohibition only lasted 13 years, and more than half the country had been drinking responsibly before. Everyone over 30 could remember when alcohol was legal, only a few percent of drinkers abused it, and gangs of bootleggers weren’t carrying on private wars in the streets. They knew that whether or not Prohibition reduced alcohol consumption overall, it added a host of new problems, and it certainly didn’t reduce problem drinking . If you define any use as “abuse”, you turn users into abusers.

    The problem is, marijuana, heroin, and cocaine were never widely used enough for the middle class to actually know the users, and realize that most of them weren’t the monsters depicted in the newspapers. It’s likely that my upper-middle-class grandparents, born in the 1880’s, had friends who consumed opiates or cocaine, but never knew that they did, because they kept it quiet and limited their use to avoid addiction and public stupidity. In any case, they’re long dead now, along with nearly everyone who lived in that era. It’s rather less likely that my parents and grandparents knew people who were legally smoking pot in the 20’s or 30’s, since apparently white people didn’t even know about it until ex-prohibitionists started spread scare stories about marijuana-crazed Mexicans and “Negros”.

    But pot has been pretty common in my lifetime. I knew a few people who got pretty messed up with it, but they were messed up to start with – and they also drank excessively, and were far more of a public danger drunk than high. I know many more who smoked pot and drank without going to excesses. For myself, pot did nothing at all except for clogged sinuses and a sore throat, but I came very close to becoming a drunken bum. It’s not the drug, it’s the person.

  15. MicroGuy

    MicroGuy said, over 2 years ago

    Yeah, but it’s wrong. Legalize drugs, you’ll take away their money and power. Do you honestly think they’re just going to say “oh well, it was nice while it lasted!”?? Don’t be stupid.
    There was a club fire bombing in mexico, namely just plain extortion because the club wasn’t paying their “tribute”. Had nothing to do with drugs, but everything to do with money and power, which they were not getting at the time because of the liberalization of the drug laws there at the time.
    If it’s not about “drugs”, it’ll be about ball point pens, it’ll be about labor, it’ll be about kidnapping, it WILL be about something else.

    So don’t go living in your fantasy world that legalizing drugs will simple make these people go away. That’s simply childish thinking.

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