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George Will: Legalized and marketed drugs would be “a public health disaster” | The NORML Stash Blog

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9 responses to “George Will: Legalized and marketed drugs would be “a public health disaster””

  1. aljamo

    Can anyone take George Will seriously? Every column I’ve read, he comes accross as an extreme right wing gasbag. Cannabis has been used for thousands of years to benefit mankind. Notice how the right vs left politicos have merged much farther right (wrong). We have no rights, indicated freely by the police state war on drugs and the provisions of NDAA, which makes all of us potential enemies of the state in our own country.

  2. dbeall

    George will looks and kinda sounds like my older brother,

    status quo, don’t rock my money boat.
    change is bad if it doesn’t put more money in my pocket.
    I am trying to keep my job long enough to get my retirement money.

    I know what your thinking,,
    he just needs to smoke a joint of nice fresh-from-the-garden 100% natural cannabis herb,, then he will change his uneducated tune.

  3. JWLaberdee

    This movement needs a mantra. I think that we should turn to the quote from Francis Young every time we are challenged over any aspect of involvement with cannabis. Our admittedly monstrously large mantra can never be challenged while simultaneously having the power of challenging every objection they can come up with.”Marijuana, in its natural form, is the safest therapeutically active substance known to man.”That should be our first response to every challenge made against our position.It also re-enforces the idea that we started this conversation with WEED and THEY dragged it off to the heroin and crack corner.This way we have a way to drag it back to cannabis, where it started.

  4. 365420

    When I typed “For nearly a quarter of a decade…” I meant to type: “For nearly a quarter of a century…”

  5. Italics Mine

    The bottom line is that there will be people who become addicted to things. Whether it’s lottery tickets, buying Hummel figurines, over using booze and/or other drugs. The responsibility of good government should be honest education and personal responsibility, and to help people in need. But somehow government has itself become addicted to making laws in order to solve problems by throwing people in cages.

  6. fallibilist

    Our ally Richard Lee put our preferred regime in the simplest possible terms: MJ should be “legal like budweiser, not legal like tomatoes.”

    Let’s have age restrictions, quality control (e.g., labeling percentages of THC and CBD), and restrictions on advertising.

    We can let adults enjoy themselves

  7. 365420

    Thanks for picking apart Will’s arguments piece by piece. Why is it we always have to use facts and statistics when we make our arguments and prohibition-happy people get by on emotional generalities. This double-standard stinks.

    One of the points I have issue with in Will’s article is his imprecise and incorrect assertion that “nicotine” is the drug in tobacco that kills. For nearly a quarter of a decade, smokers quitting smoking have been used alternate forms of nicotine administration (like gum) to curb cravings. Studies have fairly conclusively shown that nicotine by itself doesn’t increase cancer risks. Nicotine is not even recognized as carcinogenic by the state of California (remember, they recognize grilled foods as cancer causing!). Smoking cigarettes kills because of cancer-causing gasses like 1,3 butadiene released from combustion of tobacco – not due to nicotine.

    My point in calling out this fallacy in Will’s argument is to demonstrate that he doesn’t even need to use fact to sensationalize the dangers of drug legalization. What George Will is doing is what we call FUD in the computer industry (fear, uncertainty, and doubt). This is a common tactic of propagandists and one prohibitionists get away with over and over!

  8. Dad

    “That’s why nobody in drug policy reform advocates for legalizing cocaine or heroin in that manner!”

    This isn’t true, Russ – many of us believe that “hard drugs” should also be a personal choice. I don’t believe the U.S. is ready for this, and I wouldn’t hold up cannabis legalization to push for full legalization of all drugs, but I firmly believe that full decriminalization of all drugs should be done as was done in Portugal. It should not be a crime to use a drug no matter how much damage is perceived to be done by that use, because the fact of the matter is, I don’t want the government making that choice for me. Giving them that power is what leads to softer drugs being criminalized.

    As Ron Paul put it, just because heroin were to be legalized wouldn’t mean everybody would suddenly go out and use it.

    Put another way, these drugs are in demand and always will be. The more limits we put in place, the more the black market takes control. Recreational drug use should not be condoned, but it’s costly and ultimately ineffective to try to build rules around who gets what, when, how much, etc.

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