Philosophy

Ending The War On Drugs

By on November 29, 2016

This is a continuation of my previous post, if you haven’t read it – I’ll sum it up by saying that I believe the war on drugs offers society no advantages, whatsoever.

In this post, I will be discussing a couple of the shortcomings of prohibition, I will also present a couple of alternatives to prohibition that I believe would work better for humanity as a whole.

Firstly, I would like to point out my current gripes with the illegality of drugs.

Prohibition Ensures:

  • Underage individuals can acquire illicit substances more easily than regulated substances. Note that drug dealers have no obligation to request identification documents to certify that a client is of age. The implications of this are self explanatory, our lack of regulation should not make it easier for underage members of society to acquire potentially deadly drugs. For the most part, I believe that underage individuals lack the knowledge to responsibly use drugs, which brings me to my next point…
  • Misinformation is nothing but encouraged by the stigma that has been erected around the use of illicit substances. Because illegal drugs are risky. You are breaking the law as an illicit substance user, which is a gamble that a lot of people are too scared to take in the first place. Couple this with sycophantic ideologies prevalent in modern day reality & we end up with loads of people talking nonsense about drugs, because they are unknown, they are surreal & because they are known to be risky, they can at times be used by people as a subject for fallacious discussion. Religions love to lash out at drugs & do a good job of convincing devotees that drugs are of an evil nature. Ultimately, laws are followed by law abiding citizens, meaning if we don’t want ignorant citizens, we shouldn’t have outlandish laws reinforced by ignorant politicians. This brings me to the point of this point… the illicit component of drugs means law abiding citizens aren’t really taught about them. They are left in the dark by the educational system.
  • An actual gateway drug issue. Because illicit drugs are generally dumped into the same bucket of “bad”, by the law, when a person ends up trying an illicit drug (for instance Cannabis), they may realise that it actually isn’t that bad, even in comparison to legal drugs such as alcohol. This can lead a user into believing that since we were lied to about Cannabis, for instance, we may have been lied to about other illicit substances too. Now, one could quite safely venture into a reality without drug stigmas, but what is most important is education regarding substances, and the desire to understand if it is responsible to do a substance before doing it. The law is all we have to currently blame for the lack of truth surrounding drugs.
    There is no more gateway effect without the gate.
  • Cutting. This is the process of mixing an ostensibly pure drug with other substances in order to maximise the profits that can be made off the pure drug. Cutting enables dealers to mix adulterants (cheaper filler drugs) with their main product in order to make up for the missing product. So let me give an example of a usual case of this. Have you ever taken MDMA/Ecstasy? Well, if you have, have you tested it with a Marquis reagent before taking it? If not, chances are, it wasn’t only MDMA. Most MDMA/Ecstasy sold is a mixture of other potentially easier to acquire and cheaper substances – such as but not limited to Methylone, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Caffeine & other more obscure substances. Because it is a black market, there is absolutely no certified quality control system. This means that we have thousands of people dying daily due to receiving cut drugs, we don’t get to know what we are taking. Misrepresentation is in my opinion the biggest cause of death when it comes to the drug world. We frequently have totally different substances sold in place of desired substances. In these cases, drug knowledge becomes useless because the drug is not what was researched. Fentanyl is an opioid which is almost always misrepresented, it is extremely deadly & commonly leads to overdose related deaths because the lethal dosage is below 3 milligrams, for a user without opioid tolerance. 25i-NBOME is a dangerous psychedelic which is often sold in place of LSD. People have died from 2 tabs of 25i-NBOME.
  • Governmental bias towards drugs like alcohol and tobacco means that illicit drugs are often used just as an act of anarchy. Again the core issue is a lack of drug related education.

Respective lethal dosages:

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Partial Solution?

I think that we should decriminalise all drugs, from there, I think we should legalize all plants. I think we should make potential chemical weapons such as Carfentanil illegal for non-medical/under-qualified applications, this class of “drugs” should in my opinion be criminalised if handled in an illegal matter, with penalty. A lethal dose of Carfentanil is 100x less the Fentanyl pictured above, it is simply too dangerous to make legal for citizens to acquire. I do not think that research chemicals should be produced until they have met some sort of physical safety & research criteria. The criteria would need to be lenient enough to accommodate existing popular drugs, so don’t worry about the criteria being too strict. To be honest I don’t actually think there would be the same demand for research chemicals under a lenient government, anyway. Since research chemicals often serve as legal alternatives to illegal substances. The key here is for things to be done, but only in your best interest. I think we should then legalize & regulate all remaining & researched drugs that meet the demand for production. I would like to address how I think this should be approached.

  • I think that individuals should, in the same way of attaining a drivers license, attain a drug license. The government and the people need to cooperate with eachother. Drugs are substances which can be used irresponsibly. I feel that they are volatile, so I think they should be bought from employees who are well versed in the scene, able to tactfully extend a helping hand if ever desired.
  • In order to acquire pharmaceutical grade drugs through a legal stream, I think that an individual should need to complete an exam regarding the drug in question. Multiple choice. Nothing unnecessarily complicated. Just the important stuff. If a person passes the exam, the drug in question gets added to their drug license.
  • Drugs should be separated into two separate classes according to their physical safety and addiction potential. The first class should become available when the person turns 18. The second becomes available when the person turns 21.
  • Breaking drug laws should not be treated as a criminal offences, but rather as an opportunity for the government to help where they can. The point is not for people to be forced into buying through the legal system, it is for them to know that if they buy through the legal system, they are in good hands. Obviously the foundation of my entire theory is a government that works with the people of the world.

Culture has many duped into the belief that our governments see us as something more important than a revenue stream & business. Maybe some governments want more holistic businesses than their competitors, I won’t argue against that. But at the end of the day our government’s sole purpose should be ensuring that all citizens are living the best lives possible, through pragmatic developments done to better the lives of the people of the world. Obviously money needs to be economically spent and properly utilised, but I promise you that if Donald Trump was responsible for spending my tax money, I would be incredibly incensed.

Thank you for reading & for existing in this bizarre reality, with me! I think we can look forward to making big things happen! ❤

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