War on Drugs

Ron Paul opposes the War on Drugs.

On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:

“[…] the federal war on drugs has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime. But if you question policy, you are accused of being pro-drug. That is preposterous. As a physician, father, and grandfather, I abhor drugs. I just know that there is a better way — through local laws, communities, churches, and families — to combat the very serious problem of drug abuse than a massive federal-government bureaucracy.”

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  • This is the reason that the war on drugs must end.


    Sure our civil liberty’s are important. Our right to choose and make decisions that effect only ourselves should not be infringed. However people need to remember that along with the choices we make comes part and partial the responsibility to make sure that our actions do NOT effect anyone else adversely. Not sure if I’m going to be allowed to post the link here. I hope so.

  • Marijuana should be legalized in my opinion and taxed.
    How ever possession of cocaine crack heroin and meth should require a life sentence if the person is caught with enough to distribute first offense.

    • Terry. Methinks you are not seeing the big picture here. You are looking at only one tree, and I think that may be just a bit selfish. The simple fact is. Ending the war on drugs has to be all inclusive in order to mitigate the damages that it’s continuation causes innocent non-participants. The only way to do that is to remove the profits reaped by the cartels. It’s not rocket science. Just plain old economics.

      • James

        Yes, let’s talk simple economics. The war on drugs cost a lot of money. Right now there are many costly raids and busts. The equipment is expensive, the training is expensive, the time to complete is lengthy and therefore expensive, it is not uncommon for there to be a human cost as well. The money could be better spent (not to mention fewer casualties)by decriminalizing, not legalizing, druguse. Dealing would remain criminal activity. However the focus shifts from chasing down drug dealers to chasing down drug users. Drug dealers would only be arrested if it caught by coincidence. Drug users on the other hand would be sought out. Since the use of drugs would be decriminalized jailtime wouldn’t be on the table, they would just pay a fine, preferably a steep fine. This would increase the cost of using drugs therefore decreasing the demand for drugs. Drug dealers would then have to raise prices to make the same a mount of money, which would further decrease demand etc. Alternatively they could lower prices to get their customers back, making drug dealing a less profitable and therefore less appealling endeavor. either way if you take away or at least reduce the customer base you cripple the drug trade.

        • James P.

          Yes, let’s fine people for eating/smoking/vaporizing a weed. Full legalization is the only path to liberty and freedom.

    • Chase Langston

      why would you tax pot? i believe that is the worst statement. marijuana should be grown freely, used freely, and distributed freely. YOU CANT PUT A PRICE ON NATURE.

      • Joey

        This is the truth.

        It doesn’t seem to be freedom if i’m being prohibited to grow a beautiful plant from nature that i use in my personal time to enjoy myself.

        I don’t feel like a criminal for smoking, i don’t feel like a criminal for growing something from nature. These backward laws, and bad propaganda are contributing to the american consensus of what marijuana is.

        Marijuana is NOT the devil, and will not cause cancer. It will NOT make you stupid or lazy you would be these things regardless.

      • Steve

        “why would you tax pot? i believe that is the worst statement. marijuana should be grown freely, used freely, and distributed freely. YOU CANT PUT A PRICE ON NATURE”

        This post got 5 thumbs up! LMAO!!! People cannot be this dumb! I suppose if you smoke marijuana you can be!

        OK, this is for the dumb people on this thread.

        If you legalize and sell something in this country- it can be subject to taxation. There is a sales tax placed on the sale of apples and oranges, which are “grown, used, and distributed freely”.

        I know, I know! “But, dude I was referring to growing my own pot!” Really? Does “pot” grow spontaneously or do you need to plant new seeds once you harvest and smoke it? What happens when you run out or want to try a different “version” of pot (like a person who owns an apple tree. Surely, they may want some grapes or lemons sometime.)? The point is legalizing marijuana will lead to it’s national sale and distribution, which will and should be taxed if we continue to tax other goods that are consumed. This would be a good thing.

        • jbellamy7

          Idiot liberal… next they’ll tax the tomato in your backyard with that bend-over, arrogant attitude.

          You can’t possibly understand the economics of weed without smoking it for 2 years. Think about it: the value, the plant cycles, and especially the law and politics of it. It is just too damn easy to grow – so why buy an ounce for $200 when you can harvest a pound and a half?

          It’s idiots like you that, for some fucked up reason, believe people should be punished for having a form of happiness that you don’t have. Jealousy? Lack of understanding, for sure.

    • EmmaLouise

      I find that wrong.. People who do cocaine, meth, and other drugs should be treated, not criminalized.. but if you are distributing and all that stuff, yes, jail time. But for ‘using’ a drug? you should have to be punished that way.. Like portugal.. they dont ENFORCE any drugs.. they know that people wont change from going to jail or prison.. you think sending someone to jail or prison for doing crack is gonna make them a better person? psh.. get into reality.

      • Steve

        “I find that wrong.. People who do cocaine, meth, and other drugs should be treated, not criminalized.. but if you are distributing and all that stuff, yes, jail time.”

        What about jail time for physicians who prescibe and pharmicists that dispense narcotics like oxycontin and morphine, benzodiazapines like ativan and valium, and sedatives/ barbituates like propofol and phenobarbital? I find it funny ,but sad that many people posting on here seperate drugs like cocaine and “meth” from marijuana and prescription drugs. THEY ARE ALL ADDICTIVE AND POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS! Actually, cocaine is a milder “high” than most marijuana these days. You guys are idiots!

        • EmmaLouise

          excuse me steve.. but is cocaine naturally grown from the earth? I don’t think i can walk out my door and find a morphine plant either.. hmm.

        • Russ


          I’m truly sorry that you are so misinformed. Yes things like pain killers are potentially addictive and hazardous, but that is why they are strictly controlled and only prescribed to people who truly need them. Risks aside, they still serve a purpose. As for marijuana, it is neither addictive or hazardous. Tobacco and alcohol kills thousands of people a year, but are both perfectly legal. NO PERSON HAS EVER DIED FROM INGESTING MARIJUANA!!!! Get you facts right.

        • Russ

          By the way, you have contradicted yourself several times in your arguments, Steve.

        • jbellamy7

          Cocaine comes from the cocoa plant, morphine I THINK comes from the poppy tree (opium), since it is, after all, a narcotic, which is a class of drugs that includes heroin, but not coke or meth (they are stimulants).

          With that being said, there is a preparation process to make the cocaine out of the substance of the plant, while marijuana also is not simply picked off the plant… well, it’s dried and that’s about it, but honey oil hash is definitely a process.

  • Sandra

    It doesn’t matter if one is a junkie, a conservative, a stoner, a “just-say-noer”, a reformed drug addict, a liberal or a believer in reefer madness – there is no way to deny that the government’s war on drugs is an abysmal failure.

  • Adults should have the choice to put in their bodied what they wish.

    • You said:

      Adults should have the choice to put in their bodied what they wish.

      I have seen an adult white female 21 or 22 in a truck load 5 or 6 black men.
      She looked stoned out of her mind. I have no doubt she was had by all of them so she could get money for her drugs. That drug made her the slave to the black men. I have no doubt she would not be with any of those men if she did not need money to feed her addiction. Is you daughter next or niece?

      • Ian

        Maybe they were her friends you racist prick….

        • Ian.. Calling people names serves no useful purpose here and only damages the conversation’s. The topic is a complicated and costly one. The solution is not. People that come to this page in some cases are looking for answers to questions on this subject in many cases and may be sitting on the fence. We really don’t want to run them off with ill advised childish behaviors. Peace my friend.

          • Toni

            freakin hippie. He was making a valid point. How was he in the wrong for stating that the other dude was clearly being overly racist with his thought?

      • Gu77ed

        My daughter would not be next.
        Because she would be raised with more common sense and responsibility for self.
        However, if after all her lessons she then decided to go after the life of a junkie, while it would hurt me deeply inside, it would be HER choice.

      • Alex

        what it all comes down to is yourself. plain and simple. if you have self control and understand that you dont NEED these things, youre good. I dont believe any drug is addictive.
        I know people who say their addicted to weed, but i smoke weed, and i can go months without doing it if i have to.
        I know people who were addicted to cocain and other harder things and they got off of it, with help and without help.
        It all comes down to you, and the power you have inside of you, called self-control.

        that drug made her a “slave” cause she let it.
        and who knows, maybe that was never the case at all.

    • Steve

      “Adults should have the choice to put in their bodied what they wish.”

      I assume you meant “bodies”.

      Yes, I agree. However, when they do, and get sick, then the taxpayers should not be obligated to pay 1 cent for their health care (medicaid, medicare, etc..). Private health insurance companies should be able to require mandatory drug testing and adjust their premiums as needed.


  • Ms. Peace

    Transfer all the wasted money being paid to cops to trick people into completing a petty drug transaction only to arrest, detain, process, convict, and jail them, and put it into things people really need like healthcare, research, education, space exploration, and our disaster relief fund.

    • James

      The money is not really being wasted. Generally speaking cops don’t arrest for the simple transactions they follow the trail to a more major source. not to mention most crime in this country is in one way or another drug related. people fighting and killing over territory. people fighting while under the influence of drugs, people stealing or prostituting to pay for drugs or to pay for food after spending money on drugs. I would have to agree that it’s not perfect but it’s better not doing anything. less money would be needed for healthcare if there were less overdoses and drug shootings, education isn’t much good to someone who’s been killed over drugs or smoked their last brain cell to death. most importantly space exploration is the most wasteful use money this or any country has ever come up with. the only argument I’ve ever heard to the contrary is that a lot of technology we use today for instance some of what we use in modern cell phones was developed by NASA. cell phones are an important part of modern society but I’d rather the government spend money geeting drugs off the street than figuring out how many different ways I can acces facebook.

  • Anything you say about the illegal drug industry in America, be it the cause of violence, it’s run by politicians, there are too many harmless people in jail, or the drug in question may or may not be as terrible as alleged there is one truth. Illegal drug use is rempant and almost ubiquitous and it leads the users to have no respect fcr the society that condemns it. In other words,. drug use illegaliy has disenfranchised millions of Americans at a time when we need people to pay attention to our collective “mess” more than ever.

    You can also point out that despite illegality it is unregulated and the products are available anywhere “without anyone knowing about it.” Ha! Illegal drugs are living examples how a free market works even under adversity. Of course legalization, be it only marijuana or others will produce a drop in price and take the market away from those who have a vested interest in the status quo. This is why whever I, personally, see some pundit condemning the drug trade, I wonder if he or she is not involved. Those that are involved, do so by remaining silent and it is up to those of us who are NOT users but are sympathetic to be even more vocal. Ron Paul is one of these.

    Ron Paul for President!!!

  • Scuba

    I am a Canadian but have been following Ron Paul for many years. As someone said in a previous post he is a walking contradiction “a politician that actually has something meaningful to say and does not flip flow whenever it is convenient.”
    The USA needs Ron Paul as leader and the rest of the world needs Ron Paul to lead the USA.
    The sorry state of our world today will only get worse if we continue to do the same old things the same old way.
    The failed war on drugs is only one example of a horrible government inititive built and continued to support special interests with no regard to success or failure and total disregard for the thousands of lives negitively affected.
    I hope the citizens of America will recognize what a gift they are being offered by this man before it is too late.

  • Mathew

    How true today do the words of Thomas Paine ring clear to our hearts today as we think of our goberment and society…

    Thomas Paine “Common Sense”
    Philadelphia, February 14, 1776

    Of the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise Remarks on the English Constitution

    SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

    Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.

    In order to gain a clear and just idea of the design and end of government, let us suppose a small number of persons settled in some sequestered part of the earth, unconnected with the rest; they will then represent the first peopling of any country, or of the world. In this state of natural liberty, society will be their first thought. A thousand motives will excite them thereto; the strength of one man is so unequal to his wants, and his mind so unfitted for perpetual solitude, that he is soon obliged to seek assistance and relief of another, who in his turn requires the same. Four or five united would be able to raise a tolerable dwelling in the midst of a wilderness, but one man might labour out the common period of life without accomplishing any thing; when he had felled his timber he could not remove it, nor erect it after it was removed; hunger in the mean time would urge him to quit his work, and every different want would call him a different way. Disease, nay even misfortune, would be death; for, though neither might be mortal, yet either would disable him from living, and reduce him to a state in which he might rather be said to perish than to die.

    Thus necessity, like a gravitating power, would soon form our newly arrived emigrants into society, the reciprocal blessings of which would supersede, and render the obligations of law and government unnecessary while they remained perfectly just to each other; but as nothing but Heaven is impregnable to vice, it will unavoidably happen that in proportion as they surmount the first difficulties of emigration, which bound them together in a common cause, they will begin to relax in their duty and attachment to each other: and this remissness will point out the necessity of establishing some form of government to supply the defect of moral virtue.

    Some convenient tree will afford them a State House, under the branches of which the whole Colony may assemble to deliberate on public matters. It is more than probable that their first laws will have the title only of Regulations and be enforced by no other penalty than public disesteem. In this first parliament every man by natural right will have a seat.

    But as the Colony encreases, the public concerns will encrease likewise, and the distance at which the members may be separated, will render it too inconvenient for all of them to meet on every occasion as at first, when their number was small, their habitations near, and the public concerns few and trifling. This will point out the convenience of their consenting to leave the legislative part to be managed by a select number chosen from the whole body, who are supposed to have the same concerns at stake which those have who appointed them, and who will act in the same manner as the whole body would act were they present. If the colony continue encreasing, it will become necessary to augment the number of representatives, and that the interest of every part of the colony may be attended to, it will be found best to divide the whole into convenient parts, each part sending its proper number: and that the ELECTED might never form to themselves an interest separate from the ELECTORS, prudence will point out the propriety of having elections often: because as the ELECTED might by that means return and mix again with the general body of the ELECTORS in a few months, their fidelity to the public will be secured by the prudent reflection of not making a rod for themselves. And as this frequent interchange will establish a common interest with every part of the community, they will mutually and naturally support each other, and on this, (not on the unmeaning name of king,) depends the STRENGTH OF GOVERNMENT, AND THE HAPPINESS OF THE GOVERNED.

    Here then is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government, viz. Freedom and security. And however our eyes may be dazzled with show, or our ears deceived by sound; however prejudice may warp our wills, or interest darken our understanding, the simple voice of nature and reason will say, ’tis right.

  • BillyEBarnes

    Let’s not lose sight of the fact that the important part of Dr. Paul’s standing on the drug issue is not about legalizing the drugs, it’s about giving the States their own right’s and taking control of the lives of American citizens out of the hands of big government. Like he says “personal liberties.” I don’t use drugs but I’m all for it, here in Colorado marijuana is basically legal and it’s hard to find anyone out here who portrays that as a liability at all. We tax it, therefore it’s doing more good than harm for our local economy.

  • BillyEBarnes

    Let’s not lose sight of the fact that the important part of Dr. Paul’s standing on the drug issue is not about legalizing the drugs, it’s about giving the States their own right’s and taking control of the lives of American citizens out of the hands of big government. Like he says “personal liberties.” I don’t use drugs but I’m all for it, here in Colorado marijuana is basically legal and it’s hard to find anyone out here who portrays that as a liability at all. We tax it, therefore it’s doing more harm than good for our economy.

  • PeoplePower

    More like The war on tyranny, these b*s are are going to jail …

    Go Ron Paul 🙂

  • After over 70 years of propaganda and groundless claims/accusations and rhetoric, I think I can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Mr. Paul, you are a doctor, and as such you can give an honest informed opinion on the matter. We have lived in fear long enough. I HATE perceiving law enforcement as the enemy… and hate being forced to deal with people who handle hard drugs..I promise I will do everything I can do to get you elected our next President. Promise me you will follow through and help us help others understand that the movie “Reefer Madness” was a joke and not a documentary… YOU know what a joke the current laws really are. YOU know the privatization of the prison system means every inmate equals a paycheck, and that is part of the reason things are as they are currently… Life is not fair, but things have been lopsided for way too long. PLEASE help us…….Thanks

    • Steve

      “……..and hate being forced to deal with people who handle hard drugs..I promise I will do everything I can do to get you elected our next President. Promise me you will follow through and help us help others understand that the movie “Reefer Madness” was a joke and not a documentary…”

      What about hash, speed, or opium? Are these “hard drugs”? Alcohol and cigarettes have costed more money and killed more people than all of the “hard drugs” you idiots mention on this thread. Why are cocaine, meth, and heroin the “tabboo” drugs for y’all? Is it because you never tried them? Can’t afford them? Are scared of them? Don’t want to feel like you are a drug addict? Only “real druggies” use them? You think you have too much pride and dignity? “Of course, I would never stick a needle in my arm, but I’ll smoke some weed.. heh heh!!” YOU MAKE ME SICK! Legalize and decriminalize it all or none!! But, if we decide to legalize and decriminalize it all, then NO federal funding should be allocated for drug/ alcohol related illnesses. Mandatory drug tests should be given to anyone who asks for federal government health care aid.

  • Robin

    Greetings All 🙂

    Below is a link of a Canadian documentary entitled “The Union”. It’s 1 hour and 45 minutes long covering the contemporary history and use of both marijuana and hemp. It puts to lie all the current propaganda about “gate way drug”, health risks and – my all time favorite – no medicinal applications. As it asks in the film, if marijuana has no medicinal benefit, why did drug companies try to copy it, ie Marinol?


    Sarcasm Sign –
    Big government sure is looking after us, all right. Why, the DEA are even trying to have two Canadians extradited and tried in the US for their “heinous” crime of . . .um . . . selling seeds over the Internet. Oh, and they also budgetted $12 million to track down and prosecute a really REALLY big drug kingpin – Tommy Chong. Because he bought a bong. Yep, that’s how I want my taxes spent all right. (end sarcasm)

    • Hoot

      excellent video. thank you for posting it.

      • Robin

        You are most welcome 🙂

        Here’s to hoping our favorite Doctor becomes our President!

  • Hoot

    Who has the right to tell 20 millions Americans they can’t do something in the pursuit of happiness? Marijuana is harmless, and actually has multiple medical purposes as well. I have occaisonal asthma attacks and, believe it or not, smoking marijuana actually clears me up if I don’t have an inhaler (seeing as medical bills are so expensive without insurance but thats another story). Not to mention the endless list of products that can be produced by hemp. If my facts are correct a single acre of hemp can produce the same amount of paper as four acres of trees. And last time I checked one can grow hemp exponentially faster than trees.
    Addiction is a disease and we’re locking thousands of people up on a daily basis for it. Addicts need treatment not punishment. These people are our friends and family, not the enemy. Also, eliminating the ‘forbidden fruit’ aspect of drugs would do wonders to lower first time usage. Being raised a free American personally I don’t like being told what I can and can’t do regarding my own personal self.

    • Hoot

      I would also like to add that teaching our kids ‘just say NO’ and the like only does MORE damage. Whether you like it or not more than likely your child will one day try smoking pot (because you’ve told them not to) and when they do they will realize that everything they’ve been taught about drugs simply is not true. They will think ‘hey, this isn’t so bad. I’m not a fall down junkie waste of space like they said I’d be. I wonder if they lied about other drugs too.’ We are creating a “gateway” drug out of marijuana by equating it with other hard drugs. Telling kids marijuana is just as bad as other drugs is a dangerous lie. People, especially children, need to be taught the truth about the dangers of drugs, not simply ‘just say NO.’

      Drug addiction is an easy trap to fall in to and we need to stop putting people in jail for it. It is a vicous cycle and once you are in it you can never completely get out. Your criminal record will follow you forever. Drug addicts need to be GUIDED to recovery, not forced. When will people realize human beings naturally don’t like being FORCED into anything. OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE! The war on drugs is NOT working.

      • Steve

        Marijuana, like alcohol, is a gateway drug. Both of these substances suppress people’s inhibitions. For example, a person may not get up on a dance floor because they are inhibited (A “voice” in their head tells them they will look ridiculous dancing). However, if they smoke some marijuana or drink alcohol, that “voice” goes away (they become uninhibited), and they dance anyway. They go home and say, “I had such a great time!” (even though they did, in fact , look ridiculous. They just didn’t care! lol) That is a harmless example. However, that same “voice” also tells them that they would never snort cocaine or do “harder drugs”. That “voice” (inhibition) is not exclusive to asking girls out or dancing. Hence, it is more likely that a person would try a harder drug while they were intoxicated (from marijuana or alcohol). Also, they are more likely to have sex and engage in antisocial activities. It is our inhibition (the “voice”) that stops us from doing those things. Marijuana and alcohol shut that “voice” up. Nevertheless, both should be taxed and regulated. Harder drugs like cocaine, heroin, etc.. should be legalized/ taxed and given only under the direction of a physician. We already prescribe oxycontin, morphine, etc… Same stuff! “Legal” narcotics are just as physically addicting as heroin, etc.. However, the “legal” drug dealers (docs and the pharm industry) take no resposibility for narcotic addiction. Evem though they prescribe the “legal” drugs that often lead to physical dependency. Once the “addict” needs more of the drug to prevent being “dope sick”, the physician “cuts him off” and he has no choice but to go to the streets and find the same “illegal” narcotic that the doc had been prescibing for years! Nice……. Morphine induced (Roxanol) suicide is another topic that should be discussed at a later date. Cheers.

        • s

          Sig Hile…another rant for more law and control.

        • Hoot

          Steve, how many gateways can there be? I would say if the concept of a ‘gateway’ drug exists it is certainly alcohol or perhaps caffine or sugar. Honestly though, I think the only ‘gateway’ drug is whatever is in our brains that makes us curious about trying things on our own. I mean, whats the ‘gateway’ to marijuana? or booze for that matter? Not saying I’m definately right, just something to think about.

          And S, who’s ranting for more laws and control? I thought both posts were in favor of legalization.

        • Ian

          Its only a gateway drug because it is in the black market. If it were in a store, the black market in america would practically evaporate. No one is going to find any hard drugs if natural plants that God has given man to use are in a legal store. Also it would be much harder for children to have access to it if it were legal and regulated.

  • Nick Britton

    I’m Canadian, and I want so badly for Ron Paul to win, he’s a walking contradiction, An Honest Polititcian!!! Not just America needs him, The Whole World Needs Him!!!

  • Marijuana was demonized by J. Edgar Hoover to keep all his prohibition agents employed. It’s time to stop the exploitation of so many Americans that smoke pot, end the opportunistic advantages of the criminals and give our farmers a true cash crop. Hemp has many uses and was the foundation for our Fouding Father’s riches.

  • America?

    When I was 15 years old, I went through a process called “testicle tortion”. I only have one testicle. It’s been depressing over the years growing up with it, losing confidence and having a low chance of starting a family. Cannabis has increased my sperm account, reduced pain in the testicle area, and allows me to relax after a day of work. It’s health and way safer then alcohol and cigarettes. I will only vote for the man who can legalize it, so we can regulate it and fix the economy. Ron Paul, be a true man and don’t be bribed. Do whats right, now matter who thinks you should’nt. *IT’S NOT ALL SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT MONEY*

  • Mark Moore

    I have arthritis,when I go to the doctor I am so afraid to ask for hydrocodone because I dont want to look like a drug fein.I have taken so many anti inflamitory drugs over the years to the point of have stomach realted problems due to the regimented intake.Recenlty while have stomach pain and arthitic pain a friend suggested marijuana.After somking a small amount my distress was relived and my pain went away.
    We are living in an era of an omnipotent opressive goverment that wants to regulate every asspect of a citizens life.
    Iwill only vote for the canidate that will stop this !

    Ron Paul 2012

    Mark Moore good day!

  • Eddiebtc

    Here’s one real example of the damage caused by our war on drugs:

    About a year ago I started suffering with lesions on my spinal cord, a condition called transverse myelitis. At times, when it gets bad, the skin on both of my forearms feels like it’s on fire. This pain is cause my the damaged areas of my spinal cord, not a problem with the skin on my arms.

    I did allot of research, especially early on, on treatment options, medication studies, etc. There are several studies out there, performed by real scientists at real universities, that were intended to determine the effectiveness of cannabinoids s in combating neurological pain. (cannabinoids are chemicals from marijuana) It wasn’t easy sifting through the BS from potheads – you know, that medical marijuana is the cure for everything. I tried hard to find objective, impartial studies and results.

    There are two cannabinoids based drugs on the market in the US: Marinol and Cesamet, are only approved by the FDA for cancer and AIDS patients to help them eat. So, I was afraid to ask my Dr. about it.

    Here’s where it all went bad:

    After 20 years of abstinence, I found some pot and smoked it. It changed the pain from fire to a milder electrical shocking feeling. So I found and bought a half pound of the stuff. (pot)

    Why a half a pound? Because I was dealing with a drug dealer I’d only met a few hours before at one of the “legal” eight liner gambling halls nearby. ( I live in Congressman Paul’s district) And I didn’t like being there or anything about the guy. He offered me to buy some crack at least 5 or 6 times.

    So, I get stopped by the cops, they find the pot, and I find out that it’s a felony to possess over 4 ounces.

    I’m on two years of probation. Harris County seized our family car. ( a 2007 Crown Victoria)

    What’s wrong with this picture?
    We’re supposed to be living in a free country.

    Imagine this:

    A group of young adults are out on a Friday night. They want to smoke some pot, but the dealer is out. He offers them some crack – the first one’s free – and since they’re half buzzed on beer, and none of them wants to be a chicken, they try it.

    Monday morning, one of the girls is still at the dealer’s house. Doing what she has to to get another hit.
    Never say never. This could happen to your daughter. I pray it doesn’t.

    • Nate

      You were in possession of a HUGE quantity of narcotics, what did you want them to do? If you have that issue with your arms, why are you driving?

      • DJ7

        He doesn’t have a problem with his arms. Did you even read that. He has a nerve disorder of sort; he didn’t say it affected his muscle function.

      • get real

        HUGE AMOUNT? are you serious? 8 ounces of shwag weed? Guessing he must have got pretty cheap mexican seedy brick packed shit and you seriously think thats a huge amount? he did buy it from a stranger so i doubt he just pulled out $1000-1500 for the high grade stuff. And to call it Narcotic dosent even seem fair. ALCOHOL should be called a narcotic. I have an uncle that wakes up and has to drink for breakfast. and another relative who is the most hard working responsible person you would ever meet. but for some reason drinks till he blacks out and falls asleep at the dinner table sitting up. people are so dumb to the facts. if you drink you know what to expect from the doseage you ingest. the first time you smoke pot is not the same as when you do on occasion because you know what to expect. think back to the time you saw someone get drunk for the first time?? pretty rediculous stuff if you can remember high school girls getting sloppy drunk and getting naked i suggest youtube it. what about the liquor store imagine a whole store full of potent mind altering and poisining hard liquor wow! thats crazy you could literally kill yourself drinking enough liquor. i think it would just take one jug of ol 1.75L should do the trick if you drink it fast enough? how many bottles can one store hold? HOLY Crap these are weapons of mass destruction. this uninhibiting poision that is just sold so casually usualy by some middleastern “not to sound racist but its true lol” DONT BE SO NIEVE ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO OD ON POT. AND IF YOUR GONNA COMMIT CRIME YOU WOULD MORE LIKELY DO IT ANYWAY NOT BECAUSE THE POT MADE YOU DO IT. WAKE UP

        • James

          double generally constitues huge. and whether or not it should be legal (I actually think it should despite having never smoked.) it is illegal.

  • 60srad

    According to a “propaganda” piece ( http://mike-gray.org/psa/Hamilton_Wright_Ad.pdf ), addicts were productive members of society until they were turned into criminals overnight through the deceitful actions of a Republican (surprise, surprise!) physician and political appointee whose primary contribution to medicine seems to have been the postulation that beriberi is caused by bacteria! Criminalization has served not to eliminate the problem, but to compound it and create a lucrative black market that breeds violence. The drug culture of the 60’s came about largely as a result of the hypocrisy and disinformation (such as the movies about teenagers smoking grass and then going out and cutting up their faces on the soda bottles they smashed against a wall to open, then getting hooked on scag the very next day–never mind that one can use it once a week indefinitely with no withdrawals or tolerance).

    According to an interview (on the REAL liberal medium CounterSpin) with former narcs, it was easy to tell when the CIA had switched its operations to a new venue because of the change in what was available on the streets. Not surprising when we look back at the phenomenal rise in cocaine during the Contra scam.

    • s

      ‘the cia funded the contra with drug money. ..as I am sure you know but others may not. EZ look up.