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Lessons from the Failed War on Drugs


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:29 PM

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The global war on drugs has cost billions and taken countless lives -- but achieved little. The scant results finally have politicians and experts joining calls for legalization. Following the journey of cocaine from a farm in Colombia to a user in Berlin sheds light on why.

"Pablo Escobar said to me: 'One shot to the head isn't enough. It has to be two shots, just above the eyes.'

Jhon Velásquez, nicknamed "Popeye," is sitting on a white plastic chair in the prison yard. "You can survive one shot, but never two. I cut up the bodies and threw them in the river. Or I just left them there. I often drove through Medellín, where I kidnapped and raped women. Then I shot them and threw them in the trash."

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

Hey, while we're at it, let's legalize herion, cocaine, pcp, meth and LSD.

Can't hurt no-one.

Edited by pallidin, 23 February 2013 - 07:46 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:45 PM

But it helps putting drug abusers into prison? The stuff is illegal, and still tons of people are on it. Legalise drugs, regulate them, educate people, and try helping the abusers.

Yes, it may hurt some people, just like alcohol or pharmaceuticals hurt some people. Regulation is the key, and prohibition does not help anyone, except for the drug cartels. In the end it is YOUR choice if you want to do drugs - whether they are illegal or not.

Edited by FLOMBIE, 23 February 2013 - 07:45 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:46 PM

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Hey, while we're at it, let's legalize herion, cocaine, pcp, meth and LSD.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:50 PM

View PostAsteroidX, on 23 February 2013 - 07:46 PM, said:

OK

Should be in elementary school vending machines.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:52 PM

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Should be in elementary school vending machines.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

View PostAsteroidX, on 23 February 2013 - 07:52 PM, said:

OK

Should be everywhere, I say. Just like buying chewing gum.
Oh, and there sould be a needle dispensary in those elementary school vending machines.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:57 PM

OK. Preschools as well. No bettter way to calm a colicky baby then a shot of H.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

View PostAsteroidX, on 23 February 2013 - 07:57 PM, said:

OK. Preschools as well. No bettter way to calm a colicky baby then a shot of H.
Indeed; works much better than ritalin from what I've seen.

Edited by FLOMBIE, 23 February 2013 - 08:00 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:02 PM

Hard drugs everywhere, over-the-counter for 5-year olds. I like it.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:16 PM

I cant remember us ever getting along so good on a subject Pallidin  :tu:


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:23 PM

It pretty much is everywhere already.  A simple google search will already show 12 and 14 years olds already buying it.  I think that probably is the first lesson that the war on drugs showed us.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

Call something taboo and it gains power tenfold.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

View PostAsteroidX, on 23 February 2013 - 08:16 PM, said:

I cant remember us ever getting along so good on a subject Pallidin  :tu:

Yeah, and I'm about ready(give me a couple minutes) to inject heroin into all my kids. Fun, fun!!!

I like to see them squirm.

Edited by pallidin, 23 February 2013 - 08:32 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:35 PM

View Postpallidin, on 23 February 2013 - 08:29 PM, said:

Yeah, and I'm about ready(give me a couple minutes) to inject heroin into all my kids. Fun, fun!!!

I like to see them squirm.

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