Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Straight Dope

"I would decriminalize drugs in a heartbeat," says David Simon. "Take all the incarceration money, all the enforcement money, and hurl it as fast as you can at drug-treatment and jobs programs".  Bill Moyers interview

7 comments:

Silk Hope said...

Bill Moyers...LOL, the guy is a fossil. Worthless as tits on a Bull.

Gunnar Berg said...

David Simon was the object of my affection, not Bill Moyers, who was merely a conduit. Regardless of fossilized bull tits, do you disagree with Simmons position?

Oldfool said...

Americans will never do anything as rational as that. Americans will go down the path that the christian taliban dictates. Our religions insists on punishment. For everything.

Silk Hope said...

I tell you what I've alway thought Simon an interesting guy. Instead of doing the normal glossing over. I printed it and will read it in detail and get back to you.

Jackson

Anonymous said...

The Netherlands is pretty tolerant and famous for it. They do really well statistically when comparing rates of drug addiction vs. most other industrialized countries, too, so it's an interesting case. Amsterdam is a city where just about everyone is awash in a haze of pot smoke, it seems. However, hard drugs are not legal. The other thing that skews the data is that there's virtually no poverty there, so you don't really have the hopeless hardcore users that we have. I don't know if there's a good answer to the question, but i agree that incarceration isn't such a great idea or a good investment for most drug offenses.

mw

Gunnar Berg said...

My position is that it is not a function of government to tell me, as an adult, what I can put into my body.

Mimbres Man said...

What I've read so far; excellent. The war on drugs is like pouring water down a rat hole, a futile endeavor.

Someone said (Einstein?), "Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Time to try something different.