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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Isn’t it kind of impossible to have a large quantity of illegal drugs around unless there is corruption in the drug enforcement part of the government?

  2. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I heard we were shipping opium out of Pakistan with drones.

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 3 years ago

    @Radish

    If they want a real pricey item, they should ship Saffron, Radish.
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    http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/01/spice-hunting-saffron-how-to-use-guide.html
    ^
    The climate of Afghanistan is supposedly very good for the growing of saffron, but it is a much more labor intensive plant than opium.
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    The war on drugs is a war on Americans and too many of those profiting from this war are outside of our borders.
    In the late 1970s, five NYC hospitals were mentioned in an issue of Reader’s Digest because well over 50% of their ER intake was drug related. Users having bad reactions, sellers beaten or shot by competitors, or good citizens attacked in and/or out of their homes by users desperate for something to steal and sell in order to buy more drugs. Heroin was the drug causing the most problem then, but within a few years, cocaine, crack, and other physically and psychologically addictive drugs were competing with heroin and opium.
    We can now add prescription drugs,
    methamphetamines, and others to the mix.
    Marijuana is not the threat to mind, body, and spirit that the aforementioned drugs present. It is less of a “gateway drug” than alcohol, and has numerous beneficial uses ranging from the treatment of PTS, to increasing the appetites and pain control in cancer patients, to reducing the number of seizures in children, and is not part of the following suggestion.
    There could be a benefit to making the use of the more addictive and harmful drugs legal if used under medical supervision. “Patients” could be admitted to hospitals that are already seeing much of their losses come from treating addicts and the victims of addicts. The addict could receive counseling and would be required to give information that would enable family members to find and visit the ‘patient’. Addicts would not have to attack homes or citizens in order to steal for their drug money, and drugs taken from pushers could be tested and used by hospitals if safe.
    But the real benefit from having these self destructive personalities in one place is education. Starting at middle school, field trips could walk through the hospital where at risk teens could look through one way glass and see for themselves the “joy” of being high. They could talk to addicts who are trying to come clean in this controlled environment and have something to think about on that day when a person offers them a drug at school or on the streets of their neighborhood.
    The costs would initially be high, with security for the hospitals themselves being the most costly as drug dealers seek to regain the upper hand. However, the Reader’s Digest article addressed the high cost to hospitals, the police departments, and the victims of drug addicts and their costs and if this program was properly managed and enacted, with a very short time, the costs overall would begin to drop.
    This is an outline of an idea and would need a great deal of effort to make it a real solution, but in the absence of any other solution than incarceration within unfriendly prisons, prisons that train addicts to be better at crime and more dangerous to the population, it could be a good start.
    @ Braindead08 - Is it corruption to make a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical corporations head of the FDA as happened in 2006? Is it corrupt to allow lobbyists for drug makers to draft legislation a politician then submits for votes, sometimes without review?
    I think so, but Washington DC seems less certain.
    It is a good question, Mr. Einstein… and quite relative to the discussion.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  4. taratus

    taratus said, almost 3 years ago

    Long Life to Respectful Troll. May his seed be productive in the uteruses he thus quickens with his sterling logic.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @braindead08

    “Isn’t it kind of impossible to have a large quantity of illegal drugs around unless there is corruption in the drug enforcement part of the government?”

    It’s all about supply and demand. As long as there is a demand, there will be a supply. The government’s efforts makes it difficult to maintain the supply, which raises prices. That in turn makes it more alluring to supply it. Dealers and suppliers just get more creative. Remember drug tunnel the government found under the US/Mexican boarder? There’s probably more of those still undiscovered.

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    I recall a series of documentaries on spices. The money is in the spice trade, not in the production. The local producers make very little money. It’s the traders and middle men who mark up the costs and make the money.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 3 years ago

    OK people, think. Turn on the TV and watch the drug adds. There is one for what ever it is you are dealing with. Can’t sleep? got several to help. Can’t wake up? Got a BUCH to get you going. Are you a tad paranoid? We can help with that. Are you too fat? We can keep you not hungry. Got a herion habit? Why try methadone. ambien, xanax, valium, oxycodone, oxycotin, abilify and on and on to the tune of over 2400 LEGAL drugs advertised and dispensed to Americans every day. All with side effects possible that should scare the bejesus out of you.

    With the common everyday use of drugs to alter your mood and fix every little twinge you feel, WHY do you think the “WAR on DRUGS” does not have more success?

    Haven’t we the people spend enough money on prosecuting people who use drugs that are not on the massive approved list?

    What difference at this time does it make?

  8. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 3 years ago

    If the “War on Drugs” had EVER been aimed at getting people off of them, and shutting down the supply, it would probably look very different today (and be much more effective). Instead, it was aimed to punish those who the “serious law and order types” deemed “morally lacking”, then became a lucrative funding source for law enforcement (seizures and auctions), and now provides a steady stream of warm bodies for our for-profit prison system.

  9. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Heroin should be legal for the dying. Morphine is used to take away the pain but heroin will take away the pain and give one a golden glow of peace of mind. I’ve never understood the idea that you cannot have a drug because it makes you feel good.

  10. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Hmmm, anybody ever see the sheik and neoconman at the same time?

  11. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 3 years ago

    Build affordable housing, should cost less than new jails.
    For the haters, hey, these will house a lot of the same folks in jail now, but a whole lot cheaper.
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    Countries that have tried this found that cheap legal drugs eliminated the violence and crime associated with the lowlifes using them.
    Why bruise yourself up mugging and breaking and entering when the local clinic will give it to you?
    Cannot help the haters on this one, there will be scum high on drugs without punishment.
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    I don’t mind, they will not be violently taking from me or mine.

  12. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I understand the blue nose minority that don’t want people to feel anything but the pain of their own body because they think it goes against ‘gods will’, but I don’t think that should have become law for the majority.

  13. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    You’re absolutely correct about lobbyist corruption, of course. And Medicare Part D was written by drug lobbyists and was added to the debt without being financed. Not that Bush has anything to do with the deficit, of course.
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    But I was thinking more of illegal drugs, like are found in virtually all big cities. I don’t believe the illegal drug trade can exist without de facto approval by law enforcement/government.
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    I may be wrong, but intuitively I don’t see how it could happen.

  14. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    BTW, I am not advocating for the war on drugs. It was phony in the beginning. It’s phony now, and was phony the time between.
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    The problem is that there is corruption somewhere within the enforcement mechanism because either the money or the drugs themselves are too tempting to resist, at least in some cases, and that’s enough to allow the drug trade to flourish.
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    Obviously, I can’t prove anything, but I’d bet that examination of sealed diplomatic pouches entering and leaving most countries would find more than a little contraband.

  15. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @braindead08

    They’re business partners(siamese). =)

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