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

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Schapelle, Drugs and the Roots of Prejudice

(as addressed to someone with the monicker "Indian" who wrote that Schapelle Corby should be and deserved to be in jail / Blair)
“For use by white persons” – sign from the apa...Image via Wikipedia
There was a time when it was OK to flog slaves. It was even 'legal' to do so. There was a time when institutionalised apartheid was de-jour. Governments did business with bad Governments. We dunked people to see if the died and were thus innocent. We burned people for reading the wrong book. We enslaved and massacred people for praying in the wrong direction. We jailed people to correct sexual orientation. We gave shock treatment to 'cure' masturbatory inclinations.

And because all these thing happened in a time when it was 'alright' to do so... there were people who said stuff much like your self.

Yes, they really do burn crossesImage by eldan via Flickr

Just because something is legal and or common doesn't make it laudable..

Babs getting Shock Treatment!?Image by Deaf RED Bear via Flickr
We don't do that anymore, and that others do, doesnt make it right either.

Putting someone in jail 'for drugs' will soon come to be seen in much the same light. Not so much for the act that got that person there but for the policy that induces that outcome. If we are collectively responsible for that policy, we each bear a portion of the responsibility for its outcomes.

Even if you don't think so...

If you were uneducated and or poorly informed there would be some forgiveness for your horribleness. But that is not the case here is it. You just like being horrible. It is such weaknesses of character that made it easy for folk to turn the key on the locks of the carriages dispatching people to Auschwitz. It wasn't the money. And it wasn't the job. It was closed minds. Shut off to reason and shared humanity.
The lawyer for a Queensland woman facing drugs... 
Such views are dangerous... far more than cannabis could ever be.

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