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except for some self-righteous rednecks ... racist ...

It seems to me that your not above making bigoted comments about people you don't know. Your comments about heroin being a safe drug, if used in pure form, are incorrect. It is a highly addictive drug, and user's have to constantly increase dosage to achieve their high. The fact that they lose their jobs because of drug use and inability to perform job functions leads to crime to finance the habit. In time, addicts become heavy users and fatality is commonplace. http://www.drugfree.org/portal/drug_guide/heroin "Withdrawal, which in regular abusers may occur as early as a few hours after the last administration, produces drug craving, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps ("cold turkey"), kicking movements ("kicking the habit"), and other symptoms. Major withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last does and subside after about a week. Sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users who are in poor health can be fatal". Prisons are for people who can't or won't abide by society's laws. Violent or non violent makes no difference. All know the penalties for their actions, but choose to become involved in illegal activity. Nonviolent pushers are just as dangerous as murderers, and they're killing our young people. "It is de facto legal in the Netherlands, and the percentage of users there is the same as here. (With teenage use actually being lower) So I don't think it would make usage increase". The Netherlands is actually moving to eradicate the drug trade because of the violence and horrible consequences of the users there increasing the crime rate. The reason jails aren't working are the relatively light sentences being handed out in the courts, or probation after serving only a fraction of their sentences. Other countries that have severe penalties have very low drug offenses. The end results of legalization would be the collapse of society. Prisons are there to punish criminals regardless of the type of crime. If people choose to do the crime, then they must do the time. Why do you think they call it "dope" anyway.

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