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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Except for the gun battles...

Rat banging lizard sucking sheep humping pig pooper licking crap sucking suit-and-tie-wearing fornicators of their own mothers.

An unusually bright mood today leads to my more complimentary than usual assessment (see above) of those who endorse and enforce the laws prohibiting people from enjoying the benefits of a few arbitrarily chosen mojos.

Except for the gun battles in the streets I like the current system. People have a choice. They can go tell a doctor their problems and the doctor can prescribe something that alleviates their discomfort. They can then buy Prozac or Oxycontin (both pain relievers of a sort) or any of thousands of compounds derived from herbal remedies, conveniently packaged in safe doses, all designed to accomplish two things: (1) make you feel better and (2) make you think you need the compound. That’s legal, government-endorsed drug dealing.

Another choice is to call up somebody you know who knows somebody who also has stimulants and depressants, also derived from herbal remedies, but whose products and business are (everyone involved hopes) off all radar screens. Punishing this group of people while rewarding the above-described group devours a large chunk of the economies of most communities in America.

Those who don’t want to risk arrest very much choose the first option. Those who don’t want to fiddle faddle around often take the second. It’s simpler, often costs less, and usually procures a product that is more effective and less harmful than the products they want you to use.

Except for the gun battles. There are people who could reduce the incidence of the gun battles by 90 per cent or so overnight. They are the principle targets of my opening cheapshot. I’d sacrifice the convenience of the illegal drug market if I could feel safer getting my medicine.

I hope you click here and read the piece that prompted my unusually bright mood.

When you get there, look specifically at the following story.
Nov. 7, 2010, Tracy Reynolds
Reynosa: Caught behind enemy lines

14 comments:

larry kurtz said...

Ok, Bob, you're King: Should private enterprise or the States provide safe distribution of meth in the US?

Bob Newland said...

Not king. Don' wanna be king. I don't care who distributes anything. I just want the State to quit putting people in prison for trying to feel better.

larry kurtz said...

C'mon, let's talk about this as small 'd' democrats. We can let the fuckers beat us or write a compromise to take to the legislature.

Bob Newland said...

Who is "we?" What do you suggest?

larry kurtz said...

Can the measure be tweaked enough to pass muster? Include pharmacies? Profit motivates the entrenched. Give the fuckers what they want.

Bob Newland said...

The fuckers have what they want. They want chaos, so they can impose whimsical martial law.

taco said...

Right on, Bob. Medicinal marijuana is something that can pass in SD - but money must be raised.

larry kurtz said...

You're right. The Black Market is the purest form of capitalism. Why mess with it? It's the Republican health care plan: Die quickly.

Bob Newland said...

Anything is potentially black market. All one has to do is engineer prohibition of its sale or possession. Legislators are magnetically attracted to prohibition laws. Makes 'em feel like they're serving their constituents.

larry kurtz said...

So, you're just venting? Is it worth fighting for?

Neal said...

And how many of the cowardly Republicans, just elected to office on the promise that they will work to shrink government, will consider changing drug policy?

Not even Rand Paul.

Bob Newland said...

Yes, I'm venting; that's much of what a blog is about. Yes, it's worth fighting for. I am searching for the battleground on which to engage, and the fighting force and weapons with which to engage.

Duffer said...

It'll be interesting to watch the process in California. The entrenched medical cannabis industry, as well as the established illegal (but unofficially sanctioned) growers in the Humboldt Co. area opposed the Prop 19 measure. Adding them to Asians, Seniors, and rednecks (GOP'ers) you have the margin of the measures' defeat.

California also (very narrowly) elected a new AG (Cooley) - a fascist Republican from L.A., who has advertised that he's going to bust these hippie assholes.

Prop 19 infighting - actually a turf battle - may end up biting them all in the rear quite soon. Might be the tie that binds them together for a good run in 2012.

South Dakota has to be a waste of time and money. A measure so restrictive it was deemed unworkable by many couldn't pass muster here. Keep your powder dry and watch the west coast in two years.

. . . and in the meantime, yes, it sucks.

Ken G said...

The pharmacies have nearly every street drug available in shiny pill form. If you have a job, doctor and health insurance, one can be a legal drug addict virtually costing tax payers nothing. The uninsured poor get their fixes from the streets, thus greasing the drug war wheel, all at enormous costs to taxpayers.

Middle class, health insured Soccer Mom gets a lecture about drug addiction from her doctor. While the financially destitute addict gets her door bashed in via a gun blazing SWAT raid. She's then handed a stiff long jail sentence. Hypocrisy at its finest.