I just finished watching Breaking the Taboo (video posted on this site) and I found it to be the most well-rounded and least sensational drug documentary I have ever watched. Plus I was thoroughly educated.
The debate over The War on Drugs is reaching a critical mass and in order to engage in this conversation individual citizens being educated away from dogma and stigma that has dominated drug conversation decades.
Washington and Colorado have legalized. Yesterday Obama told Barbara Walters that a conversation needs to happen around drug policy http://boingboing.net/2012/12/14/drug-policy-alliances-respon.html
I personally feel that this could be apart of the 2012 shift that so many people feel is going to happen.
I am going to take the risk and share a link to Breaking the Taboo on my Facebook page I ask all Hethens to do the same!
Broke that taboo long ago by posting tons of videos and articles about proper drug education. Gotta have an open mind to be my friend these days. I’ll check out this video though, sounds cool. I hope that the movement catches on mainstream and the people with power can make some decisions.
I have not yet watched the video, which I will, but surely you do not mean all drugs should be unprohibited. I’m all for the legalisation of marijuana (I don’t even count it as a drug, it’s a plant) and psychedelics, but heroin and crystal meth? I really hope they stay prohibited because conducive to good times.
See, the thing is though, @chekovchameleon, if drugs go through that period people are going to use that wildly skewed argument, “Oh, well if THESE drugs are bad then ALL drugs should be too.”
I mean, technically anything should be legal so long as the harm it causes is self-inflicted. As an adult, each person has a responsibility to make good or bad decisions, but if those decisions only immediately affect them, then it should be legal. Technically that makes the harder, stupider drugs an option.
I know that no drug goes without a victim when you enter into the harder stuff, but the same can be said for tobacco, alcohol, and basically any other risk anyone ever takes with their life. It’s touchy, but if it’s gonna happen it should at least be consistent…or else the foundation for the argument is crap
@chekovchameleon, I agree heroine and meth are not really good choices for recreational drug users. I’ve never tried them myself, but I understand they do have their uses in medicine. Some people are actually prescribed methamphetamine by a doctor, and of course morphine is a commonly used medicine. I don’t see what short-term experimentation with heroine or meth would yield for someone though… I would hope people take time to think and research before trying something new. And I think that’s the point of the decriminalization and legalization movements, taking the power out of dealer’s hands and putting it in the public. By removing the taboo, people will educate each other about what is or isn’t right for them. Instead of just being told not to accept a substance, they will know why. I think this is an improvement over the underground, uninformed setting that the drug trade is in now, leaving people to make choices they aren’t really educated on.
@lytning91, is right on the grand scheme of things it appears that all drugs shou. ld be legalized with the focus being on treatment rather than punishment. No one wants to become a crackhead, but we live in a society where, if you are, you are a criminal, therefore it is difficult to get access to medical and or dental treatment. Furthermore, because of the addiction or due to a past criminal record it is likely that you will not be able to find legal employment, thus a person resorts to dealing drugs, stealing, or prostitution.
There is a movement call Harm Reduction made popular by Gabor Mate and his best-selling book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts and it is a wonderful read.
I feel the marijuana produces the least amount of harm when compared to just about any drug (alcohol, cigs included) but if we really want to make a change we have to help people rather than force them into the darkest corners of society.
@versai, thanks for taking the time. It is tough subject to talk about until seeing the video. I just feel so strongly that the time is right for this change to occur. I want to fight my own apathy and start to do something about it.