"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." Friedrich Nietzche

"Any and all non-violent, non-coercive, non-larcenous, consensual adult behavior that does not physically harm other people or their property or directly and immediately endangers same, that does not disturb the peace or create a public nuisance, and that is done in private, especially on private property, is the inalienable right of all adults. In a truly free and liberty-loving society, ruled by a secular government, no laws should be passed to prohibit such behavior. Any laws now existing that are contrary to the above definition of inalienable rights are violations of the rights of adults and should be made null and void." D. M. Mitchell (from The Myth of Inalienable Rights, at: http://dowehaverights.blogspot.com/)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Narcotic Drug Use Is Legal

If I were to ask you, is it legal to use a narcotic drug that was not prescribed by a medical doctor for legitimate medical reasons, you would probably answer, absolutely not. You would be wrong. Alcohol is a true narcotic drug. You merely have to be an adult with the desire to imbibe an alcoholic beverage and the money to purchase it, no doctor needed.

Cocaine is not a narcotic. The government's use of narcotic to describe nearly all drugs is Orwellian. They are trying to brand the presently illegal drugs as evil narcotics. In the meantime, the favorite narcotic drug of the police, politicians, and judges is alcohol. Alcohol is also the narcotic drug that causes the most violent crimes merely from its use. The violence related to the other "narcotics" is caused by the prohibition of those drugs.

This situation then begs the question: If I, as an adult, can legally use one narcotic drug, why is it illegal for me to use another one? That is, if it is wrong to use one narcotic drug isn't it wrong to use any or all such drugs? Obviously not. And I guess I shouldn't confuse the issue with logic.

How or why does anything get done? Because one or more people have the desire to do it and they also have the ability to do it. Let's not get things muddled up with concepts such as rights and non-violent, non-larcenous, consentual adult behavior. Laws are no different than anything else that gets done. If some people want a law passed and have the ability to do so, then the law gets enacted.

There was, and still are, a group of people who believe that some narcotic drug use is immoral and therefore should be illegal. They got the laws of the United States and of the several states to reflect their personal moral/religious beliefs and certain substances become illegal. Anyone who made, sold, or used them became evil, heinous criminals . . . regardless of the fact that when those substances were legally available there was no criminal justice problems associated with their manufacture, sales, or use.

Religion (which equates to emotion), not logic, rules the day when it comes to the drugs issue.

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