Undergrounders support decriminalizing of recreational drugs in Underground Knowledge group poll

Posted: December 13, 2017 in Underground Knowledge
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Do you believe society would be better off if recreational drugs were decriminalized? We’ve put this question in our latest poll to Undergrounders (members) of our Underground Knowledge discussion group on Goodreads – and interim results show two thirds of participants believe that would be the case.

 

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Poll results to date show that 65% of participants believe society would be better off if recreational drugs were decriminalized, 20% are unsure and 15% believe society would be worse off.

Participants’ comments make interesting reading. Here’s a few examples:

It depends a great deal on the drug. It would be better off to legalize a drug like marijuana. It would not be a great idea to legalize Meth, or heroin.

I see the War on Drugs tied in with the Prison Industrial Complex…And the drug and prison industries are two of the most profitable on Earth…And that’s a real concern to me, especially when you consider most people are in jail due to committing “victimless crimes” (i.e. they never hurt anyone, but themselves).

I can’t see any benefit in legalising meth, or heroin, or a number of other horrors.

The War on Drugs is a travesty in my view as it not only hasn’t worked, but I think it was designed to never work…In that, by making drugs highly illegal, it drives the price up 10 or 100 fold what they would otherwise be. And that profit incentive increases not decreases their distribution in society…

When I lived in Amsterdam the main crime was bicycle theft, the streets where safe and there were less addicts because it was legal it lost its appeal…It’s all politics, it got nothing to do with drugs!!!

If all and sundry have access to meth, recall an awful lot of violent crime is meth related, so that would grow. If you have ever seen a true heroin addict after a good period of addiction, you would not see any benefit there.

Portugal had a huge problem with drug users, especially heroin, and they have now legalised drugs. It is far from resolved, a mess building for decades won’t be cleaned in months, but they are making good progress.

I see at least 2 dilemmas facing legalizing recreational drugs: They will be taxed to the max, making ’em prohibitively expensive and the 2nd being the cartels looking to make up for the loss.

History tells us, definitively, that it’s better to legalize vices than make them illegal–which does not stop them and just adds a lot more crime, increases the number of victims and casualties, and enriches criminals. During prohibition, crime involving alcohol was rampant, gangsters got VERY rich and everyone (rich and poor alike) continued to drink.

Right now there is a recognised problem with overuse of opioids, that is technically legally obtained drugs. Why would opening up the supply and letting everyone have a go make that problem less?

There’s a massive financial incentive to make entire communities/nations addicted…the illegality is what drives not only drug syndicates and big cartels, but also more organized criminal elements within the CIA (the biggest profiteer from the War on Drugs it seems).

HELL NO! I’m almost 37. I can proudly say I’m both alcohol and drug free. I’ve never tried weed, nor will I ever…Smoking weed would not make me a better or cooler person.

What we need to do is obliterate the Drug Barons, smugglers, and unsafe drug cutters. We also need to be wise about which drugs we legalise. Akin to Prostitution, certain drugs need to be legalised, available from approved chemists; that the drugs are the genuine article is given. Add in tax and VAT [sales tax], and rip the heart out of this illegal industry. A fair price for a genuine product.

To view all comments, or better still to have YOUR say, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group?type=group

Poll ends December 24.

This poll was inspired by a few discussion threads in the Underground Knowledge group, especially in the “Drug Wars” and “Prison Industrial Complex” sections, as follows:

Drug wars https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group

The Prison Industrial Complex https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/

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We invite YOU to join our fast growing Underground Knowledge group! This global discussion group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind and a desire to gain or share ‘underground knowledge’.

 

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Comments
  1. Poll ends right before Christmas, cute. I saw your invite to discuss this on Goodreads and decided I should check out your blog. I am doing so, now. I did respond to your poll citing Milton Friedman and the first episode of Mad Men. I also reposted my response making sure to mention that you were the one who started the thread and that you were the author of The Orphan Trilogy.

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