segunda-feira, 26 de abril de 2010

Drugs: Many benefits to descriminalization

As a program coordinator for Live Free, a Puyallup-based grassroots coalition to keep children drug-free, Filiz Satir has noticed a disturbing trend.
While illegal drug use is declining, a national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration found that teens are now turning to prescription drugs. In Pierce County, 12 percent of high school seniors and 10 percent of sophomores have admitted to using painkillers within the past month, according to a recent survey by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. The same survey found that more teens abuse prescription drugs than any other illegal drug except marijuana.
“I think (that) is a microcosm of what’s happening at a national level,” Satir said.
Recently my daughter and granddaughter went to the Tacoma Public Library and feared for their well-being from the obvious drug addicts who have taken over the library. Unfortunately, that is a small sample of an America that has been eroded by the new-age culture and accelerated with the election of President Obama.
This culture does not value merit or hard work in academics or the workplace, denigrates Christian values, tolerates illegal drugs, praises aliens, gives noncombatants legal protection, expedites frivolous lawsuits and regulations that waste tax dollars, etc. – all under the umbrella of political correctness.
We old folks want our America back, where our children can use all of our public libraries and roam all of our streets without fear.
Tri-City pot trade spikes; meth still biggest problem
Tri-City pot trade spikes; meth still biggest problem
Methamphetamine continues to be the biggest drug problem in the Tri-Cities, but last year marijuana topped the list of seizures by the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force.
Detectives seized 25,918 plants -- more than double what they saw in 2008 -- along with more than 47 pounds of processed pot, according to Metro's year-end statistics.
"We hit a tremendous amount during eradication season -- we saw more plants than we had in years," said Kennewick police Sgt. Trevor White, who leads the multi-agency undercover unit. "... Washington is one of the top five in marijuana eradication in the country."
POT: Medical marijuana laws needs reform
POT: Medical marijuana laws needs reform
Re: “Drug laws should matter, even with pot” (editorial, 3-30).
The editorial criticizing “quasi-commercial marijuana dispensaries” operated in residential neighborhoods highlights the need to reform Washington’s medical marijuana law.
The law says physicians can authorize patients with terminal and debilitating medical conditions to engage in the medical use of cannabis, but it provides no guidance on how to obtain it.
Maybe legalizing drugs would be best tactic
Maybe legalizing drugs would be best tactic
Re: “Mexico can’t win drug war without U.S.” (editorial, 4-21).
A colloquial definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.” We’ve been throwing billions upon billions of dollars and hundreds of law enforcement and military lives at the drug problem for decades. At what point to do we take a breath and rethink our strategy?
It is an immutable fact that humans will engage in certain behaviors for as long as they walk the Earth. It has been going on since the first hominid ate a piece of overripe, fermenting fruit and got high from the alcohol content.
Published: 04/26/1012:05 am
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It was very satisfying to read MacKenzie Allen’sargument for legalizing drugs (TNT, 4-22) .
Criminalizing the use of drugs has created a hugely profitable industry intent on encouraging use and addiction, especially among the young. The idealistic motive for this war on drugs has only led to the brutalization of our society and of those societies that furnish our insatiable demand. It’s Prohibition all over again.
It is past time we consider decriminalization. We should take some of that $45 billion we spend per year on our drug war to finance a major effort to treat drug addiction and to educate our population to avoid drug use. The fight against tobacco use suggests this approach would work.
The immediate benefits:
• Save innumerable young lives from being wasted.
• Drastically reduce crime.
• Reduce prison overcrowding.
• Generate funds by taxing drugs.
Why is it taking us so long to realize it’s time to change our approach? Read more:

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