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Look what is the point of lengthy costly prison sentences when the position that drug dealer held has already been taken over with an hour or less of their arrest? China went as far as executing people for even simple drug possession and it didn't work it didn't even make a dent in drug trafficking.
We should just legalize most drugs and tax them heavily and use some of that tax money to pay for drug rehabilitation programs. There was a time when you could order Children's Strength Cherry Flavored Heroin from the Sears & Roebuck catalog and some how the moral fiber of the United States didn't collapse.
I really believe we should look to some of the successful drug treatment programs in Europe. What an adult does to himself is no ones business but their own until that person hurts another person to pay for their drug use but if that person uses his own income and doesn't hurt anyone who the hell are we to tell them what they can or can't put into their bodies.
Ive been going to a pain management clinic for years because of the injuries i suffered in the service and all the crap i have to go through to get legal prescriptions i can see why some people just say to hell with it and buy them illegally. Random drug tests, pill counts, the way some people look down on you.
but back to the topic at hand it doesn't matter if you made it a 200 year prison sentence if capital punishment didnt work, it won't stop the demand, and therefor it won't stop the next dealer to step up and get rich feeding that demand.
December 15, 2014 at 12:46 a.m.
This is what happens when you let idiots not vaccinate their children. When i read things like this i get so angry at Dr Wakefield the fraud who published that false article about vaccination and autism. Being stripped of his license to practice wasn't enough. He should be culpable for every parent's child that gets sick from a preventable illness and in part responsible for every fatality. The parents should be equally accountable for the preventable death.
December 11, 2014 at 4:32 p.m.
We've been doing that for decades now. Look at the harsh prison sentences handed out from 1950 onward for Heroin. Then in the late 80s you have the federal statutes for crack and such. As long as you don't treat the demand people are going to continue to use and there will always be willing to feed that demand and make money doing it. China instituted a death penalty at one time (not sure if its still in force) for even simple drug possession and it didn't stop it. You realize that it costs about $68,000 a year per inmate to lock them up just at a county jail. Thats just the actual cost to house them not adding the cost of the police man power to investigate, arrest, and the legal costs to try them in court.
The way to curb the flow and I mean curb because we will never get rid of the element of society that wants to get high either for excitement, to cure boredom, or to temporary block the misery in their lives is to treat it like a medical problem. Statistically speaking Methadone Maintenance Therapy (I haven't seen long term figures on Suboxone) have the highest efficacy rate over 5 years at 28%. The recidivism rate for those inmates who were not treated in prison is over 80%. It seems that a better use of our money is providing treatment not putting them in prison.
Also lets say for a moment that lengthy prison sentences did work, what is that person supposed to do upon release? A conviction like that would bar them from any kind of employment except the mosts menial. Why would somebody want to work 60 hours a week at McDonalds for minimum wage when you could make thousands a day by slanging boy. I'm sorry but it seems that people who advocate the lock them up and throw away the key approach just don't want to deal with the issue.
December 11, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
that doesn't matter at all conservative. The demand is too high and the profits too large for their places to be vacant. I guarantee you there are people already moving to fill their shoes.
December 11, 2014 at 9:13 a.m.
Once again some parents are trying to make everyone pay for their child's mistakes. You know it can't be their fault or their child's fault it MUST be the state's fault.
December 10, 2014 at 4:21 a.m.
you think that a citation, a fine is going to do that? these drug convictions are the very definition of minor. Look at the quantities reported I mean if this was catch and release in a stream any other PD would have tossed those minnows away.
December 7, 2014 at 10:59 a.m.
Campbell is just stuffing its courts with idiotic petty drug offenses. every other day the vindy is reporting how some one with 0.2 grams of pot in a roach was arrested
December 6, 2014 at 11:23 p.m.
Senator Ryan!! Hooah
December 5, 2014 at 3:21 a.m.
I think its a great idea. I'm going to go get one of those kits they are offering in January for my medkit.
When did drug use suddenly mean your life was worth nothing, not even a $2 nasal spray
December 4, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.
I fell asleep at the wheel once and took out at least 100 yards worth of mail boxes on the side of the road, im just thankful that there were no people or telephone poles, just mailboxes.
December 3, 2014 at 11:37 p.m.