Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on prohibition. Interesting in that it managed to not even mention today’s prohibition once.
Drug prohibition doesn’t work – so what do we do next? – a good OpEd by Chris Middendorp in the Sydney Morning Herald
The focus of any drug debate should not be morals or the law; it should concentrate on the welfare of human beings. The common use of the term “junkie” helps us to maintain the belief that users of substances are in some way lesser beings. Part of the reason we’ve comfortably followed the prohibition path for so long has been mainstream culture’s view of drug users as subhuman creatures who need redemption. What they really need is medical support and laws that make sense.
As long as we’re down under, Logan sent me this delightful article about a real Australian individualist from Mountain Creek.
A MOUNTAIN Creek man told a magistrate yesterday that he grew his own marijuana crops because he refused to fund the Sunshine Coast’s illegal drug trade.
Terry John Lanigan said it did not matter what penalty the magistrate handed down, he would continue to grow organic cannabis for him and his partner to use. […]
â€œI don’t mean to be cheeky, but I’ll always continue to smoke marijuana and grow a little bit of marijuana for myself.â€
Another nice article by Tim King at Salem-News.com. He’s pointing out the position of a particular local candidate, yet manages to take the time to point out the history of hemp in the U.S.
On the other hand, check out this bizarre editorial in the Democrat Herald: Forty years of â€˜drug warâ€™ What a pathetic editorial staff. They seem afraid to take a position.
The obvious question: Has the drug war been worth it, especially in regard to marijuana?
Nobody can say for sure.
Perhaps if, after 40 years, you can’t say for sure that it’s been worth it, then maybe that’s evidence that it hasn’t, hmmm?