Originally Posted by valanhb
Congratulations to them, but I think they would be the exception rather than the norm.
I find this thread very interesting thus far and intend to dissect it somewhat more fully when I have time.
However, I have to agree with Mike.
As an ex-addict myself, I was absolutely immersed in drug culture. What many don't seem to recognize (and what a professional has never had the opportunity to capture or been welcome to see for the most part) is that there are several drug sub-cultures within the framework of being a user or an addict.
I was one of those who used 'recreationally' for years on occasion before "allowing myself" to spiral downward. I knew street addicts in my time and I've known weekend users. It really takes all kinds and there are many variables involved in being a user and/or an addict.
Studies of addicts and addiction aren't necessarily accurate. In fact, I would say they are one of the least credible self-report studies.
Addicts lie and love to string along those they think they can get something from or screw with the heads of those who lead a "normal" life.
There is alot of propaganda out there and this is why there are still those that believe that one hit of any narcotic will have you stealing from your mother's purse the next day (not saying anyone here has said this..but you wouldn't believe the amount of times I do hear this).
However, in no way do I support the legalization of narcotics at this time. Overall, I think the concept could hold up though, I just haven't thought about it in a long time and would have to see hard stats of users and proposed facilities, need of particular resources, etc.
I DO SUPPORT safe injection sites and shelters that allow addicts to come in high..
That being said, I also think its no coincidence that alcohol is still legal. The leaders at large still have to opiate the masses somehow. Its also no coincidence that when marijuana and say, opium, were outlawed that the users made up a primarily ethnic and socio-economic facet of the community.
But guess what the fat rich upper middle class boy's choice of drug was?
Take a look at the movie "reefer madness" to have a good laugh and see what the perception of marijuana users was in the earlier part of the last century.