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penguins, you speak of truncated lives as if that is something that would only happen if we change drug policies, but it is obviously happening all around us right now.
With licensing and taxation, families would have more tools available to combat and prevent addiction. There would be funds from the users themselves to pay for counselors and treatment, and licensing could even offer a mechanism for detecting the onset of habitual and addictive behavior.
Families (and users) would be spared the risks of unpredictable or tainted supplies and worries about who their children are interacting with in order to get their drugs. Without the incentive to hide illegal activity, fewer users would slide into addiction.
Despite 9's tedious efforts to confine the conversation to the most extreme corner, I am talking about "jonesing for a bowl." Treating marijuana, which is less addictive and less dangerous than alcohol, in the same manner as more dangerous drugs undermines the whole effort. Policy should be tailored to a substance's actual dangers, and there is political will to change marijuana laws. It is happening all over the U.S., and Colorado is now considering going beyond treating it as a prescribed medicine into full decriminalization.
As a final note, you may not have interacted with Number 9 during the years he has spent polluting discussions on message boards all over town. Defending him is something you'll regret. Numerous boards have asked him to leave, begged him to leave, suspended his account, blocked his IP and even blocked all anonymous comments just to shut him up. He never knew Henry and has no interest in this discussion beyond the opportunity to slander me and Metro Pulse.
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