Is it me rationalizing? Naturally, I've considered that possibility myself. But, I still conclude from all I have experienced; seen, read, written and thought about this, over the past seven years of my life, that the things I have to say [about prohibition] are for the most part true and universally so. I've even dawned upon how to realize rationalizations. Perhaps those who are eminently rationalistic use less words to defend things over time and those who are realistic use more until they run out of words and ways with which to elucidate.
Considering how it is that anything even remotely non-negative about drugs (except alcohol or caffeine) is so frequently ostracized, I feel the elaborate testimony into my personal experiences is highly relevant to the matter at hand and to facilitate an understanding into the dismantlement of the myth that prohibition and enforcement of current drug laws is for any reason good for society. It is really only good to the terrorist and criminal organizations who can profit from the black market status of such frequently sought after substances. Perhaps it is also good to the powers that be, to keep us in check and a staggering percentage of the male (and especially, ahem- African American, male) population behind bars. It works wonders in politics to provide the illusion that certain affiliations are "tough on crime", redirect attention, or point the blame elsewhere. And, it sure provides a great niche for the doctors of rich people like Michael Jackson, too. Interestingly enough all the drugs Michael was on were 'legitimately prescribed', and much more dangerous than your primary street drugs of concern.
I suppose the status quo dictates that all drug users are morally wrong and disgusting human beings, if they're even human at all! Humans and drugs go too far back to be dismissed so quickly. They are intricately woven into the fabric of our existence. Sometimes I think they strive so hard to get our attention for a reason. It is a common misconception that in order for a substance to exert an effect on consciousness it must be physically damaging to the brain or body. This is simply not the case. Some substances are undoubtedly toxic at very low dosages, methamphetamine is a dangerous drug. Substances like LSD, psilocybin and of course the primary cannabinoid's present in marijuana are only potentially lethal at dosages that are virtually impossible to consume by ordinary means, not that they wouldn't have profound effects on the mind for that temporary duration which they are exerting those effects.
I indeed have a high sense of appreciation for mind altering chemicals. They're all so magnificently interesting and wonderfully varied in the ways they work and how they might make a person feel. Yet I get a constant impression that many of those who live among us think that all drugs are more or less the same, worthless and intrinsically evil as the one's who use them. Ironically, in my high school experiences it typically seemed like the asshole jocks primarily drank alcohol, while the people who engaged in marijuana smoking or other experimentation were for the most part likely to be more accepting of things. But even those people turned into assholes when they drank enough! Smoke too much pot and you'll forget there was ever a problem before any violence can escalate. No matter what, people are going to hate what they don't understand, hate it and try to destroy it even if it is no real harm to them, except in this case it can't be destroyed no matter what.
If you could for a second just try to see through whatever image your mind draws up of your stereotypically drug user. Even if you might have somehow had a bad run in with somebody you assumed was on or involved in drugs. I assure you that the drug isn't entirely at fault, the fault lies with the person. Someone who is an asshole will be an asshole whether they're on drugs or not. That is, a drug might appear to bring out the worst in someone, but it didn't just plant those qualities there. Such tendencies begin to manifest before any drug use occurs. Then, how can we be certain just what exactly was caused by the drug and what was due to prohibition and it's impact on a users' mind?
Here is a really good opportunity for me to break this down for you, in terms of Nulls' simple[y too complicated for me to consistently explain here] theory of human existence in the universe. Remember now that shit happens all the time. This shit would include you, and of course, drugs. Of course, you happen all the time...and drugs happen all the time as well, thus the odds are tremendously in favor of shit happening to you as a possible result of drugs. But hold on, wait a second... in the society we live in, there is also a prohibition that happens all the time! Existing logic, even history has shown that prohibition has not, does not, will not ever actually remove drugs from the list of 'vices' or shit that happens in everyday human existence in the universe. It will never discourage use, only proper use. Thus, it is not only tremendously likely that shit'll happen to you because of drugs, it is outrageously improbable that nothing will ever happen to you as a result of drugs and/or prohibition.
As a result, whatever 'consequences' will now be greatly enhanced; for an addict it means that an arrest for possession of the smallest amount of a substance could possibly lead to being dragged to jail or a 'State Hospital' (a teeny tiny step up, maybe) to experience withdrawal symptoms... opioid dependence is characterized by an acute physical withdrawal syndrome: chills, cramps, cold sweats, goose bumps, excessive yawning, upset stomach with nausea and/or diarrhea, insomnia, muscular aches, bone aches, aches in places you didn't know existed and these are just the physical symptoms not to mention what is going on in your head. The withdrawal from opioid's is rarely fatal, though you'll certainly desire death or a bag of dope, and fast! I would wager that the only reason we don't have dope sick junkies offing themselves left and right is because they just don't have the energy to! Still, complications can arise and lead to death, especially dehydration. (Side note: there are some substances that harbor more severe withdrawal syndromes, extreme heavy use of barbiturates, benzodiazepines and alcohol, for instance, more frequently leads to things like seizures, coma and death.)
People are, unfortunately, forced to withdraw "cold turkey" every day, even though more comfortable and sensibly feasible- some might say humane, solutions are attainable. Even better ones might be had if people could get past their urge via law enforcement to simply throw the one's they can catch in concrete cages. Even in cases where it is your first offense and you might not necessarily face immediate jail time, probation\parole will still throw you into the system for some period of time. Being in the prison system is definitely worse, but either way you'll have to deal with good ol' authority figures who not only have a vested interest in further litigation against you but who probably only received limited and probably slightly twisted training in how to handle junkies (remember we're all the same!). Odds are this will only keep you clean enough not to get caught, and some people will do some freaky things to keep from letting the man obtain or be able to accurately survey their pee. At the end of the day, the hostility and rage against the 'machine' and that sense that you're just an outcast in society only grows, longing for the day when your pee is just yours once again and you and your drug of choice can catch up and frolic about in the night.
I could go on, and on, and on. Perhaps I'll write a book some day, too bad it would never be published.
In any case, if you're somehow unable to find any way to relate to my statements, if you truly cannot see how such blasphemy could have the slightest flicker of truth; in that case I can only beg that you'll at least try to trust me. Remember above all else that I am not trying to get anybody to believe that no harm ever came to anybody as a result of drugs, just that those harms are made extensively worse and indiscernible by prohibition. I want to show people that prohibition makes it all so much worse, because I truly believe that if I can get a few folks to get their minds up and thinking for themselves then they might influence others to stop this atrocity and actually get together and make this a better world for my children and yours'. Were it not so I would not be wasting so much time here with so much to say.
This post has been edited by LoveIsNull: 03 January 2010 - 01:37 AM