Saturday, May 1, 2010

Legalise Drugs

No, I’m not a drug addict – apart from nicotine and caffeine – but this whole thing with drugs being illegal just leads to endless crap. I mean, if people want to take drugs, they will, and because they’re illegal, the crooks make a fortune out of making and supplying them, and governments spend a fortune trying – and failing – to stop them. So, if people really are stupid enough to want to fry their brains, let them! Make drugs legal and cheap, hell, governments could give them away for free if they used the millions they spend trying to stop drug traffickers. Drug traffickers would be out of business, and all the crap that goes with them would stop.

People wouldn’t murder, steal and sell themselves into prostitution to buy them, and governments wouldn’t spend fortunes on drug rehab programmes, prisons and police. Just think how much tax payers’ money could be saved if the prison population was halved? Probably more than halved, come to think of it, because not only would there be no drug traffickers, mules or addicts in them, there would also be fewer murderers, thieves and prostitutes, since people wouldn’t be killing, stealing and selling themselves to buy drugs.

Legalising drugs would instantly halve crime! Seriously, if people OD on drugs, good riddance! If they are really that stupid, they shouldn’t be allowed to breed anyway. Plus, with the planet’s population now up to seven billion and rising, we need more people to die! Or less babies to be born, but that’s another rant. Why is committing suicide frowned upon? Anyone who wants to shuffle off this mortal plain should just do it. In fact, let’s give them a hand, then there will be more room for those of us who want to live. I mean, if they really don’t want to live – and this world is becoming a crap place to live in – then why do we want to stop them? Okay, their friends and family won’t be happy, but hey, death is inevitable, it’s just a question of how and when. So why prevent them? Good grief, even people with a terminal disease, who are suffering mind-boggling pain, are forced to live for months or even years! That’s just torture, folks. Anyone who tries to help them end their pain, however, is called a murderer. Huh?

So, back to drugs. Why are they illegal? Because people enjoy taking them? Do governments really not want us to have any fun? Drug addicts live in abject squalor and suffer needlessly, when they could be comfortable and live relatively normal lives if the drugs were free. Crooks wouldn’t be able to force innocent young girls into prostitution by addicting them to drugs. Dirty needles wouldn’t spread Aids if people could go to a clinic for their fix. Drug addicts wouldn’t be living on the streets and stealing, or becoming prostitutes to support their habit. Just think about how much crap would be stamped out, simply by making drugs legal.

Amsterdam did it, and Holland hasn’t descended into debauchery and crime. Why are these ‘hard core’ drugs illegal, when the drug that causes the most problems, accidents and death, alcohol, is legal? The Americans tried to stamp that out, and look what happened. Crime went through the roof! As soon as booze became legal, all the crime associated with producing and smuggling it went away, and now we’re just left with the sickness and accidents that result from it. What’s the difference between alcohol and crack? They’re both mind-altering drugs, but one’s legal and the other’s not. That’s it.

Okay, so maybe people who take speed or coke and crap like that aren’t fit to be in a normal society – they go a bit potty. Well, let’s put them all into their own city, then they can go potty with each other and do their thing without affecting the rest of us. Simple solution. Supply them with free drugs, and they’ll kill each other, or themselves, thereby solving the problem. I mean, if they’re stupid enough to take those drugs, why do we want to keep them alive? We’re supposed to be free, so why do we lock people up because they take drugs? Let them! They’re going to do it anyway, and OD and kill each other, so let them do it, somewhere else. There would be a lot less of them! Seriously, this is the solution to the drug problem, and it would stop so much death, debauchery and destitution. If addicts want to stop, great! Have voluntary rehab clinics, but if they want to take drugs, they should be allowed to do that, too. Live and let live, people!

Smoking versus Drinking

Okay so come on, who are they kidding? They’re trying to stamp out cigarette smoking, citing health issues, but what about alcohol? Can anyone deny that it’s a lethal poison? No? Didn’t think so. Proponents of the stop smoking campaigns, guilds, leagues, groups and clubs all say smoking is objectionable. Non-smokers don’t like the smell, and therefore, more and more smokers are banned from indulging in their little, harmless pleasure in public places. We have to sneak off to broom cupboards, loos or stand outside in the freezing cold and pouring rain. That kind of defeats the whole purpose of the exercise, because it’s enjoyable when you’re not shivering and soaked, or cramped in a toilette or squashed in a broom cupboard in mortal fear of being discovered.

So, some people get lung cancer. Whether or not smoking actually increases your risk is debatable. Many people live to a ripe old age, while smoking 30 a day. Who says those people who do get lung cancer wouldn’t have got it anyway? With the amount of pollution in the air these days, maybe it’s the soot and crap in the air we breathe. Let’s say it can cause cancer, I’ll give you that. It’s possible. Most smokers are adults, so if they want to smoke and take the risk, isn’t that their choice? Do we live in a police state these days, where we’re told what to do?

Nowadays, smokers are vilified, and the governments are all jumping on the bandwagon to tax cigarettes, which pleases the alcoholics no end, and fattens the government’s coffers. It doesn’t stop people from smoking, though. No, we’ll just find a cheaper brand, or cut out some other luxury, in order to pay for our habit. Yes, we’re addicts, but so are alcoholics, only they’ve got a fancy name for it, but they’re alcohol addicts!

Cheaper brands, by the way, are higher in tar and nicotine, and are therefore worse for you. Smokers are banned from smoking in public places, and even in their own homes, if they have small children or a maid who doesn’t smoke. Is this going to stop us? Not a chance. That non-smoking maid will simply get the sack, and we’ll hire one who smokes. There are plenty of those, who will appreciate a working environment where they can smoke, too. Maybe smoking does cause some health issues, but what about alcohol? Why isn’t that vilified to the extent that smoking is? Smoking doesn’t make you incapable of driving a car, or lead to acts of violence.

Nor can you die of smoke poisoning, but you can, and many people do, die of alcohol poisoning, because it’s a poison! That’s why it causes mental confusion. It’s poisoning your brain, and killing a whole bunch of grey matter in the process. Why is this fact always swept under the rug? Everybody’s okay with that!

How many people die every year, hell, every day, from drunken driving, domestic violence, liver cirrhosis and alcohol poisoning? Then there are the people who get drunk and do stupid things that lead to their, and other people’s, death or injury. Non-smokers claim that many people die of smoking-related diseases, but how does that number compare to the number of people who die of alcohol-related diseases, violence and accidents? It’s a drop in the ocean by comparison. Yet drinking alcohol is encouraged, advertised and accepted. Smoking never caused a car accident, or made a husband beat his wife, or made soldiers commit horrendous atrocities, but alcohol has, and does, all the time.

So, let’s ban alcohol rather, and reduce the number of fatal road accidents, liver cirrhosis, heart disease and violent deaths, and let people who enjoy smoking tobacco, a relatively harmless pastime, have their little pleasure. As a teetotaller smoker, I’m all for that!