lambert13 wrote:Thanks for the info. I hope it can help people make the "right" decisions as to what they carry with them.
I do not partake in drugs at all (aside from prescriptions) but I am 100% in favor of drug law reform and/or elimination. A 10 year sentence for possessing something that occurs naturally is absolutely ridiculous, barbaric and against what this country is supposed to stand for.
Here in New York I have seen too many cases of horrific child abuse that garnered a prison sentence not even 1/4 of that. How is that justified?
Our fearless leaders will be more than happy to let you drink yourself to death or pay fortunes on prescription drugs whose side effects and dangers often are way above and beyond that of illegal drugs. But heaven forbid you want to smoke the leaves of a plant (unless it is Tobacco), pick a few mushrooms out of a pile of cow shit, use the sap from a poppy flower like people have been doing since the birth of man or any of hundreds of other natural remedies. Do that and you are an enemy of the state. It is bullshit and it has to stop.
I read eplaya a lot - barely post. I really appreciate this post. It's nice to hear when non-drug users recognize the futile, inhumane barbarism that is the War on Drugs.
I get tired of replies to topics like this in the vein of "if you're going to be 'stupid' and use illegal drugs, you get what you deserve."
NOBODY deserves prison time or any sort of legal punishment whatsoever for exercising individual freedom and domain over their own body.
If it weren't for these cruel drug laws, the U.S. law enforcement community would be half it's current size, and there would be no such thing as prison overcrowding or people being killed in violent, unwarranted, paramilitary-style police raids.
If you think cops with night vision goggles at Burning Man are making the world a safer and more just place, explain why. If you don't, speak up. Don't apathetically accept it as a fact of life, because there are tens of thousands of harmless Americans with kids and families rotting in prison cells right now. Some of them are probably brilliant people.