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Old 07-02-2008, 08:52 AM   #16
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:28 AM   #17
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No the original poster?
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:34 PM   #18
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It's amazing to me how the drug "industry" pretty much controls everything. Here in Honduras you'd be surprised how many people are involved, how many people are users, how many politicans are getting a "cut" from drug money. I've heard of so many cases where people who were involved with drug money have had terrible deaths (including one where this man from another city didn't want to turn up despite owing someone money so they kidnapped his daughter and had three men rape and kill her on tape and then sent him the tape. He eventually turned himself in only to be hung with a chain.) I've also heard talk of the drug lords sponsoring kidnappings and murders because while you're busy searching for the assassin of so-and-so you're not noticing the coke kilos being moved elsewhere.

I can't help but think if only people would stop doing drugs then maybe these men wouldn't have such power to do these awful things.
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:37 PM   #19
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I can't help but think if only people would stop doing drugs then maybe these men wouldn't have such power to do these awful things.
Or if they were legal

Which one is more likely?
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:56 PM   #20
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Or if they were legal

Which one is more likely?


Oh yeah, like your government or mine would do something that dumb. Make it legal so they would get less benefits? Keep waiting.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:11 PM   #21
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Make it legal so they would get less benefits? Keep waiting.
Now sure exactly what you are saying.

My point is legalization would provide taxes and remove the drug lords.
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Now sure exactly what you are saying.

My point is legalization would provide taxes and remove the drug lords.
I reckon the suggestion is that corrupt politicians and officials taking kickbacks, bribes, gifts, etc aren't going to legalize something that is lucrative to them personally since then they would risk the ire of the drug lords and also lose out on the monies. They do love the monies. As it is, they can take money and look good politically by fighting a war on drugs that they can't possibly win; pretty win-win for them. Of course, good people suffer, but pfshhh details schmetails.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:05 AM   #23
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Thankfully, I am not one of those Americans. At my age, I need all of my brain cells.
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cigarettes are drugs.
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So true......I battled with a nicotine addiction for years. Thankfully, I am free of this now.
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My take is, people shouldn't smoke, take drugs or drink booze excessively. (I reserve the right to break any of those rules, of course.)

One thing I noticed....alcohol consumption per capita in the US has gone way down in recent decades, but rate of illegal drug use have gone up...just mentioning that, I don't know what conclusions, if any, to draw from it.

Some - and I emphasize some - Americans seem to be almost puritanical about booze but look the other way regarding illegal drug use..I just find that strange, but it's a cultural difference I suppose.
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