Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

What will our society look like as we transform outlaws into clients?

What will our society look like as we transform outlaws into clients?

There will be millions of people on drugs.

There are currently millions of people on drugs.

But there would be significantly fewer human tragedies; fewer broken lives and families; less crime on the street; fewer people in jail (especially minorities); less State Police and State Department corruption. We would live in a safer, gentler country.

Many drug addicts will be cured and live normal lives.

Many will never kick the addiction but will live mostly normal lives, like functioning alcoholics; holding down jobs, remaining in marriages, and raising children; a monkey on their back, but getting by.

And many will remain mired in drugs. They will consume drugs as the morbidly obese consume food -- until they self destruct. Even with legalization and control and all the support in the world. Some folks will simply fail, and their failure will be a small though intense tragedy. But it will be theirs and that of their families. Not ours. Not everyone's.

As long as Eddie lives in fear of the government, we will live in fear of Eddie.

It is time to stalk the politicians and demand that they confront this issue the right and honorable way.

No half way measures. Full legalization and control.

Bill Fried is executive director of the Lakeview Manor Tenant Association in Weymouth.  

LEAP even gets a special mention in this delightfully frank op-ed, and in a favourite and influential paper of mne, the Boston Globe.
Blair Anderson
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