LEGALIZING (HARD) DRUGS

Jack felt that layman, like himself, should not have opinions about highly specialized topics like drugs.
It was very difficult to get him tot discuss the topic at all.

My opinion was that he new a hell of a lot about it however.
This is why I think it is in the general interest to put down some of his attitudes.

I will simply put down various arguments in favor or against specific policies.
They will always be balanced. It is not my intention to tip the scales in any direction.

QUESTION:

Should hard drugs and soft drugs be discussed under the same heading?

ANSWER:

They are as different as two things can be. But if you want to fight them both you could put them under the same heading.
I can understand people that would put them under the same heading as long as they have an idea what they are talking about.
It's like putting cancer and a very mild cold under the same heading when you want to consider health problems.
Would you want an astronaut to have a very mild cold before sending him to a space station?
Would you consider a person who constantly has a very mild cold an ideal candidate for anything if you had a choice?
I can understand Governments that would put hard and soft under the same heading if they want to start the fight against drugs right there. It would a be policy of prevention doctrine which I could certainly understand.
I can also understand people that have to make selections putting them under the same heading.
But I can also understand people that say: only complete imbeciles would put them under the same heading. You don't put cancer and a very mild cold under the same heading.

QUESTION

Under what heading would you put soft drugs?

ANSWER

If I HAD to put them in any category I would put them with sleeping pills and tranquilizers.
I am deliberately not talking about minor sleeping pills or tranquilizers.
I think no sensible healthy person would use sleeping pills or tranquilizers unless it was practically a matter of live and death.
They are habit forming substances with complex withdrawal symptoms, make no mistake about that.

QUESTION

You sound as if you think soft drugs are inexcusable under any condition?

ANSWER

If I was a ruler and I was faced with a nation where large groups had turned into aggressive mobs for some reason or other, I would certainly prefer these groups to be under the influence of soft drugs then of alcohol. Unless I wanted arguments to increase my armed forces...

QUESTION

But from the point of view of the individual?

ANSWER

I will only go as far as saying that from a theoretical point of view I could imagine a situation where a person in his right mind would be briefly touching a soft drug. A person in his right mind can make a mistake. A person that would be touching a hard drug could not be in his right mind.

QUESTION

It seems obvious that you are strongly opposed to any form of legalization of either soft or hard drugs?

ANSWER

If I was forced to make a statement, that would be my attitude.
Since I am not forced to make a statement I make no statement about such a complex area.
I know more about the questions then about the answers.

QUESTION

If you could ask only one question, what would be that question?

ANSWER

Thinking of a drug like Heroin, I would ask: Would you like to live in a country where sick people had to get to the streets every day to fight for their lives to get their medicine. Say a medicine like insulin for an advanced diabetic?

QUESTION

And if you had two questions?

ANSWER

Would you like to live in a country where people where seriously discussing to promote bubonic plague?

QUESTION

Which country would you choose?

ANSWER

Sometimes it’s stupid to try to have an answer for every question.

QUESTION

It is sometimes said our drugs policy is not getting us anywhere and that something HAS to be done.
Don’t you agree with that?

ANSWER

I would say two things:
1. Where do you think we would be without that policy?
2. Beware of the politician that has an answer for everything, just to get in the news. They may be an unavoidable curse of democracy but for god sake let them shut up about mortal issues like legalizing hard drugs.

QUESTION

You seem to be more concerned with hard drugs then with soft drugs?

ANSWER

I think the greatest dangers and the greatest problems have priority.
I think the greatest danger at the moment is the tendency in some countries to experiment with hard drugs in a legalized form.
I think the greatest problem is that it is not absolutely certain that they are idiots.

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