Five weeks ago the question was posed:
[image from Tekstovi-Pesama] So, just one question for those who want to de-criminalize hard drugs: what are you willing to give up for the freedom to use hard drugs? Obviously, the answer for Whitney Houston was "success, adoration, wealth, recognition, achievement, and fame."
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Was Whitney Houston unique among those who gave up success, adoration, wealth, recognition, achievement, and fame? Not exactly.... Click here for a list of notable people who have died from drug-related causes.
But what about the not-so-notable? Do we just say, "Go ahead and ruin your lives. You don't really matter, anyway?" Well, that won't happen. If it's not a crime, it's protected... you're protected.
We'll just create a new cabinet level position heading up the Department of Drug Abuse to provide community services and rehabilitation at the cost of hundreds of billions of dollars each year. But we'll empty a lot of prison cells as an offset. No crime; no punishment. No crime; no consequences.
We'll tell children that you really shouldn't use hard drugs. That should handle things.
But if you do you don't have to worry because the government will fix things for you. And if you never learned a skill or fried your brain, don't worry because the government will take care of you. In the "new freedom" era, you don't have to worry about punishment or consequences because you have the right to be happy in your own way. You have the right to have other people pay for your right to be happy.
It's not a crime to be happy, is it?