Prompted by “Drug offense sentencing requires major overhaul nationally”: http://www.drugwarrant.com/2015/09/drug-offense-sentencing-requires-major-overhaul-nationally/
Some people believe in moral relativism, and while I understand that belief, there are results defying any honest and sensible conclusion of being anything but evil (i.e. all human beings are naturally subjectively compelled to only honestly being able to call it evil).
Sharanda Jones is currently serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole at Carswell Federal Prison in Texas. Life without the possibility of parole is the second-harshest sentence our justice system can mete out, short only of the death penalty, and that not by much. What, you might ask yourself, did Sharanda Jones do to merit this sentence?
She was convicted of a single, non-violent drug offense involving crack cocaine. This conviction stemmed from her first ever arrest, and she was not even caught with crack in her possession…
…The fact that Sharanda Jones received this sentence for what amounts to being a drug mule is indicative of the unthinking and senseless drug sentencing policy that infected this country for far too long and which has resulted in a gradually worsening over-incarceration problem in the United States, which costs American taxpayers billions of dollars a year.
There’s no doubt that cocaine (especially in smoked form) is a terrible idea on a recreational level. Like for opioid (if not any automatic) painkillers, damage done by way of this euphoric drug comes fundamentally from reality’s inevitable need for balance — i.e. the balancing anti-euphoria (hell) that most consumers seem unaware of upon being introduced to such risky substances.
From the cocaine wiki entry…
By prescription, it is available in the U.S. as a solution for local mucosal anesthesia, but is infrequently used due to safer alternatives, such as lidocaine or benzocaine.
The drug leading to a life sentence without parole (from non-violent acts) is possibly prescribed by doctors.
We need credible education (not scaremongering via yet another obviously failed prohibition in the land of rampant hypocrisy and other forms of reason abuse) to increasingly prevent people from using cocaine. Responsible entertainers leveraging the vast expanding quality of entertainment tools (thanks to rapidly improving computer technology) should be on the front lines of that educational effort.
This entertainer may have tried cocaine a couple of times way back during my high school days (or it may have been a dream, as far as you know, if you catch my drift). It was basically like caffeine. Compared to psychedelics (e.g. the LSD I may have tried days prior to cocaine), cocaine is a laughably pathetic drug — including awfully expensive (free for me then) due to black market forces (enabled only by prohibition) and risky in terms of addiction (due to the cycle of euphoria and hell accompanying any euphoriant that eventually has serious physical entrenchment). I never felt the euphoria, nor any inclination to continue using cocaine (I had a solid bit of fun staying up late and talking a lot with a friend of mine a couple of times, but that’s all folks).
Stay away from any form of cocaine. Let that message go viral, but ultimately, society must address the poverty stressor blinding vast areas within certain communities from understanding that solid message (a stressor exacerbated by the war on some drugs).
Cannabis (upon its inevitable full legality) is a vastly superior (including safe, flexible, and inexpensive — all upon proper use) stress management tool that should negate the need for cocaine and painkillers. By responsibly replacing alcohol and other horribly destructive stress management “solutions” (that too often lead to violence and other poor choices amplifying the poverty stressor), cannabis (effectively as clothing for the mind) then helps poor communities heal and take control against the hideous cycle of thuggery and corresponding misery.
While we are making great strides in reforming drug policy, there are still horrific abuses happening in the drug war.
I disagree with the notion of making great strides. The traditional political leftist approach of ignoring the epitome of instantly undermining the entire war on some drugs (i.e. the fact that the Commerce Clause, or anything else negating the need for a constitutional amendment similar to the one needed for Alcohol Prohibition, cannot possibly rationally uphold that war) leaves the whole process unacceptably torturous to the horrible detriment of way too many innocent lives.
By turning prohibitionists into the criminals they factually are, society instantly reverses the strike in recognition of the true evil — drug prohibition addiction — which has factually harmed roughly millions of non-violent people for several decades and counting with minimal opposition (even cannabis legality is slow in achieving its lawful acceptance).
Complicit in that evil is the mainstream media (irresponsible entertainers). Seriously abandoning their journalism code of ethics to demonstrate serious bias for prohibitionists (e.g. government folks consistently supplying “newsworthy” information about tragic events — a serious conflict of interest amplifying law abuse), the mainstream media still largely refuses to ethically challenge prohibitionists on the effectiveness of their approach (zero effectiveness by any concrete measure, despite billions of precious taxpayer money still spent/wasted each year).
I watched a major news player passionately challenge Donald Trump with questions pressing upon how we can possibly achieve an illegal immigrant free America (sound familiar? — think drug free America). If such a challenge would equally passionately and often press against the effectiveness of Certain Drug Prohibition (nonetheless its legality), the war on some drugs would be widely seen as the abomination it truly demonstrably is, and the American people would be understandably outraged by being played in large part by those people taking an oath to serve and protect the public (not their wallets against public safety).
It’s not enough to legalize marijuana. We must end this drug war.
Now there’s something any sane person must agree upon to help preserve their sanity.
To end that war, we must take away the one thing upholding that war via publicly assumed prohibitionist credibility — the law itself. By factually proving the war on some drugs is nothing shy of blatantly illegal, we take their weapon and hold it at their metaphorical throats — end this war now, or we will do it for you — for the sake of good law enforcement and constitutional law.
While all other major drug policy reform organizations refuse to address the legality of Certain Drug Prohibition in the court of public opinion (the true highest court of the land) — apparently due to the fact that undermining that legality also undermines the legality of traditional political leftist presses to judicially increase government power in the private sector — our Respect Cannabis campaign does not.
Anything shy of that promptly righteous end leaves the aforementioned non-violent woman (at least arguably severely punished due insanely to racial attributes) — and way too many other non-violent folks — to unethically rot in the land of the increasingly incarcerated for profit and other evil ends — ironically the antithesis of justice.
Just as certain drugs have an anti-euphoria, benefiting from Certain Drug Prohibition also meets that agonizing fate by reality’s inevitable and rationally undeniable need for balance. Prohibitionists are dutifully forewarned, as is the rest of society continuing to abusively ignore this powerfully serious national/international issue shredding our society by abusive law from abusive reasoning.
Reality is never played and remains perfectly immune to abusive reasoning or any other offense.