@Lisa Sorg: I totally agree that adult alcohol sales should be legal and responsible drinkers should not be penalized for the actions of others. There can be no question though that a lot of harm could be prevented and a lot of innocent lives saved by giving people the right to choose a far safer alternative to alcohol.
Marijuana doesn't cause the violence, disease and addiction that alcohol does, and legalizing its sale to adults would greatly aid us in reducing the amount of alcohol consumed in this country and reducing the amount of harm that it causes.
Exactly Jeff! Removing the legal supply of something that's in demand doesn't make the demand go away. All it does is make people buy from illegal sources - and that's a whole lot more harmful to them and society!
It's about time our country recognized that a lot of Americans like to get high with something other than alcohol. If the government really wanted to make people safe then it would legalize every recreational drug that's safer than booze.
That would retain alcohol as the most harmful recreational drug you can legally buy, and at the same time would give people the option of legally choosing drugs that are safer than alcohol - and that's definitely NOT something we can do today.
If the government really wants to keep us safe then why is it bending over backwards to make us unsafe?
This is a blatant reelection ploy. Criminalizing salvia will increase the cash flows of the cartels. They already protect their drug profits with daily murders, this will add to the problem.
I don't take salvia, I never have, never will and never want to. But I do know that making it illegal is a simple-minded thing to do. It is the action of a person who does not understand the workings of the economy, and does not have a clear comprehension of how many people are going to be harmed - terrorized, tortured, murdered and dismembered - because of this law.
A far better solution would be to license and regulate the suppliers and to educate our young people of the harms that this plant contains. By doing this we'd deny the cartels an opportunity to enter the salvia market. This law gives them a wide open door! A simple understanding of economics tells us that "where there is demand there will be supply". What will happen in a situation of unrelenting demand and no legal supply? Isn't it obvious even to the most simple-minded of us?
And by-the-way salvia is nothing compared to another legal plant out there. A plant that causes hallucinations, brain damage and death, a plant so bad that even heroin addicts know to leave it alone. And a plant that is legally sold in every garden center. I won't mention its name because plants should NOT be made illegal!!
Educate our kids so they have the skills to make safe choices. Don't take the simple and dumb option of prohibiting plants just because you're trying to get reelected and "looking tough on drugs" is one sure way to get the job done.
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