Do our nation’s drug laws address public interest?27 comments

By Yul "Spencer"
Posted on 20 Apr 2009 at 12:23pm

smokeandflyIn observation of the national pot smoker’s holiday (4/20 aka April 20th), I thought a bit of dialogue on our nation’s alcohol and marijuana laws would be appropriate. Posted at Huffington Post, Norm Stamper (retired police chief) writes about his experience with anti-drug laws, specifically related to the differences between alcohol’s and marijuana’s effects on human beings in our society. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Over the past four years I’ve asked police officers throughout the U.S. (and in Canada) two questions. When’s the last time you had to fight someone under the influence of marijuana? (I’m talking marijuana only, not pot plus a six-pack or a fifth of tequila.) My colleagues pause, they reflect. Their eyes widen as they realize that in their five or fifteen or thirty years on the job they have never had to fight a marijuana user. I then ask: When’s the last time you had to fight a drunk? They look at their watches.

All of which begs the question. If one of these two drugs is implicated in dire health effects, high mortality rates, and physical violence–and the other is not–what are we to make of our nation’s marijuana laws? Or alcohol laws, for that matter.

Very interesting point of view. I think our laws regarding these substances should be closely examined and reviewed. Check out the full article and let us know what you think!

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