War Casualties, Continued

Dave Killion — January 12, 2011

Shortly after writing this post, I contacted the lady from Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society who had been quoted in the article, curious to know if her organization had a position on the War on Drugs.  With her permission, I copy her reply –

Hello

Thank you for taking the time to respond and to get in touch!

As an agency, we are quite neutral when it comes to the “politics” as our number one concern is education, prevention and support for those who are active in addictions.  However, the term “War on Drugs” is a term that personally is just not conducive to preventing our youth and others from becoming addicted.  As well, to continually target the “low level” dealers as is the case over 90% of the time, it does nothing to prevent the issue from continuing and even becoming worse and more dangerous.  Our jails are full of addicted individuals, and the research proves over and over that the “war” is not working.

I really liked how you worded that on your blog, it is very true!  By continually “removing” the low level, addicted dealers (who are selling to maintain their own habits) it certainly puts our community and people at risk for others to sweep in and result in more deaths, crime and a mess of other issues

Again, thanks soooo much for your response, if you would ever like to discuss or visit us, just let me know J

Take care,

Sincerely,

Karen

Karen Dennis     Executive Director     Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society

Phone:  250-388-6220     Email:  karendennis@varcs.org Website:  www.varcs.org

So just who are these laws supposed to be protecting?

Comments

CodeSlinger says

Dave:

Drug laws serve two purposes. Firstly, they act as a barrier to entry into the market, which restricts competition and keeps profit margins high. Secondly, they create an artificially enlarged number of so-called criminals, most of whom have harmed no one except – perhaps – themselves. The vast bulk of the evils associated with illegal drugs occur not because of the drugs themselves, but because they are illegal.

Having said that, I must admit that there are some drugs which are both addictive and harmful, and which we would be better off without. But criminalizing them does far more harm than good, because it doesn’t reduce their availability to any significant degree. Thus the harm done by the criminalization only adds to the harm done by the drugs themselves.

All of this, of course, serves to justify the infringement of rights and the curtailment of freedoms of the people, while multiplying the wealth and expanding the power of the corporate-statist plutocrats.

— January 15, 2011

David says

Codeslinger: true enough. I was hoping u would say something I can would disagree with but alas you preach to the require!

— January 15, 2011

CodeSlinger says

David:

Well, of course we are likely to agree. Where we may disagree is in regard to what should be done about it.

Personally, I think Canadians are much too passive. As long as the state knows it need not fear the people, it will continue to tighten the screws.

Therefore, as long as Canadians obey every law, whether it is just or not, they will continue to lose ground and unjust laws will not only continue to multiply, but they will become ever more egregiously unjust.

At some point the people of Canada must stand up and say, enough!

— January 18, 2011

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