Lalas, the violence will be over with decriminalization?
1) Are you quantifying how much better things will be or how many users there will be with decriminalization? If you can go to Walgreens and buy a bag of skittles and a bag of something, you don’t think more people will use more often? Will less people drink now and just get blasted on cheap narcotics?
2) “I doubt it” is your definitive rebuttal on point 2?
3) You know a few stoners. Ok, but that is anecdotal and no indication of the entire population.
4) Pee tests are easy enough to get around and do not stop fraud in social programs where they are instituted now.
5) They are jumping jobs because all they really care about is lying around and going out and getting drunk or partying. It is a cost to society. You can’t quantify that this won’t happen or increase.
6) DUI penalties don’t deter hardcore users, even when they are increased.
7) Cell phone usage is a non-sequitur.
8) We already have education about drugs as we do about drinking and driving. I don’t see where more will do that much good. If we have more and more people are put through it because of arrests or addictions then social costs go up. Again I agree 100% on the Meth comments.
I have not been trying to say that there will be no benefits from decriminalization. I just believe there will be many more detriments and unintended consequences as there always are on big change in policies.