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Congress: End the Insane Drug War Now!

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Prohibition is overt government tyranny.

Argument 3) There's no moral justification to criminalize any drug use

The most insidious and evil aspect of the "drug war" is it manufactures its own enemies by simply criminalizing our most basic human right-the right of sovereignty over our own bodies.

Prohibition could not exist without our government inventing a bogus crime.

The use of drugs (even dangerous drugs like alcohol and nicotine) simply doesn't meet any reasonable moral definition of "crime". Real crime requires action that harms another. Real crime requires both a victim and a perpetrator.

Even if the act of ingesting certain drugs were somehow a crime, we can't commit a crime against ourselves. Just as it's not criminal to stab ourselves, or to rob ourselves, we can't be criminals for merely putting something into our own bodies. Only a corrupt, depraved government could invent a crime we commit against ourselves.

Living, breathing human beings are being taken from their loved ones and locked up for a "crime" created out of thin air by our government.

Prohibition is overt government tyranny.

Argument 4) Users of illegal drugs are not debased human beings

Human beings in all cultures throughout history have regularly altered their minds with a wide variety of drugs. Drug use is hardly an isolated anomaly-it may even be part of human nature. Billions around the world derive positive benefits from mind altering drugs (especially from alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and marijuana).

Many respected, productive people, including many of you honorable members of Congress, are (or were) regular users of illegal drugs. Many of you are regular "users" of alcohol or nicotine. Demonizing and criminalizing some drugs, while approving others, without rational criteria, is patently arbitrary and deceitful.

Just as the vast majority of alcohol users consider their drug of choice a positive part of their lives, the vast majority of illegal drug users consider their drug of choice a positive part of their lives. No matter what their drug of choice, we should show compassion and help those with problems. They need treatment, not prison. We don't put alcoholics in jail.

Why are "drug dealers" condemned for "pushing poison" or "ruining lives", but alcohol and nicotine dealers aren't?

Propaganda generated by our government (and other special interests that profit greatly from prohibition) necessarily demonizes those who use prohibited drugs. It's fine to have a few beers at the ball game, or smoke cigarettes to get a mental boost, but if you relax with a joint, you're a low-life "drug user" or "druggie". It's then a small propaganda step from "druggie" to "criminal".

Yet more prohibition insanity

The "drug war" also causes considerable collateral damage. Promising research on medical uses for marijuana and LSD has been forbidden or forfeited to other countries. An entire industry, hemp production, was eliminated.

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Carmen Yarrusso, a software engineer for 35 years, designed and modified computer operating systems (including Internet software). He has a BS in physics and studied game theory and formal logic during his years with the math department at (more...)
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