Gut Rumbles

February 18, 2005

The war on drugs

Back when I was in college, I could buy a pound of marijuana for $90. I sold enough to friends to pay off my investment and kept the rest to smoke myself. I liked smoking pot back then.

Now, a pound of marijuana costs between $800 and $1200 and it's a LOT more potent than it once was. Guess what? I can still go buy it today if I want to.

I don't know who the hell I would sell it to, because all my friends kinda did like I did--- we just stopped smoking the stuff. But it's still out there. That's what the WAR ON DRUGS acomplished in that realm, which is not a fucking thing, except to drive up the price and make dealing drugs more lucrative than ever.

We've clogged a lot of jails with people who don't belong there and gone from cocaine to crack in the ghettos, because crack is easier to sell and can be doctored by a lot of nasty shit to make that pretty rock. When people were selling pure cocaine, we were better off.

We've corrupted people from the highest levels of law enforcement because of the money just LAYING THERE to be had in the illegal drug trade.

And we've produced doctors who won't prescribe pain killers to terminal cancer patients who NEED THEM, because the feds may be all over their asses for being "pill doctors."

Good job, drug warriors. You took a simple problem and made it worse than it ever was before you decided to "fix" it.


No arguments there. On a somewhat related note: did you ever see the movie "Traffic"? That was just amazing. Makes you think a little, too.

Posted by: zonker on February 18, 2005 04:42 PM

I want to know what our "exit strategy" for the war on drugs is.

Posted by: Larry Kephart on February 18, 2005 05:35 PM

He, we couldn't just fire the Untouchables after we repealed the War on Alcohol, could we? The governing classes must eat. That is priority number one.

Posted by: Brett on February 18, 2005 06:45 PM

We may have repealed the overt portion of the War on Alcohol but part of it went underground in the form of ever-increasing upward pressure on drinking ages, more draconian DWI BAC limits with limited effectiveness (thank you MADD), and so on. The other part transmogrified into the current War on Tobacco.

Make no mistake, there's plenty of people out there who wish the 21st Amendment had never passed and who wouldn't think twice about a second attempt at the 18th.

The War on Drugs, just like the War on Poverty, has proven itself completely counterproductive.

Posted by: Grumpy Old Ham on February 18, 2005 08:05 PM

The sad part is, this outcome was predicted in the 1800's. (Shameless plug.)

Posted by: Kevin Baker on February 18, 2005 09:05 PM

complete disagreement, sorry..

you can get a pound of shwagity in any near border area for lot less than those steep stats you were throwing around and that shwag probably compares with the shit you were smoking in college.

the pot that sells for $1200 a pound is, in fact, justifiable or it wouldn't bring that price. the difference is quality, and in a capitalist society we determine that price...the difference is huge--like comparing an asprin to oxycotton... it's not got a thing to do with the war on drugs, it's inflation and american ingenuity at it's finest!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

the way i see it, this is not a failure of our government but more a function of it... it ain't a perfect can't expect nor blame beuraucrats who appear to be the most ignorant in the reality of the true drug issues, for not being able to solve the problem...jeez, look at our schools!!

accentuate the positive for real...self medication is at the root of it...stop people from wanting to feel better at the end of a hard day? stop people from wanting to escape their lives? yeah, i'm for that too.. do that and you can end the war on drugs! it's that easy!!

take care

Posted by: amber on February 19, 2005 12:57 PM

My husband has had 6 spinal fusion surgeries, a spinal cord stimulator (so he can live with the pain of his damaged nerves..thanks HMO) and a morphine pump implanted to deliver a steady dose of pain killer. These devices make the constant pain bearable but he still needs to take percocet or oxycontin to help relieve the remaining pain and will need to take it the rest of his life. He has to practically beg for these additional painkillers. I have heard that marijuna is a good pain killer but of course he is not allowed to even try it. Could the addiction to marijuna be worse than the morphine and percocet addiction???

Posted by: NBC on February 21, 2005 01:18 AM

nbc, great comments!!

while yes i've known a few potheads that were rendered pretty much useless by their addictions to marijuana alone, it is rare...and i think you make an excellent point

i doubt post morphine and percocet, your husband would benefit from marijuana even in medical form...but in the land of freedom it is always discouraging to have your options limited and your hopes criminalized. bless you and your husband...

Posted by: amber on February 21, 2005 09:56 AM

You speak about shit that you don't know squat about.
The cost is determined by what it takes to get it smuggled, ummm, into the US...
You would pay the same for a lb of mouldy mexican compared to a lb of Thai stick?
liberal thought at its best. I hope you have no children!
I must assume you never wanted a drink at the end of a hard day, if you ever knew what a "hard day" was..
Legislate morality? Sign up girl, you could be the poster child. Fuck you! and the pompas ass you rode in on..
Self medication, I'm for that . If you, dumbfuck, want to feel bad at the end of your day?, I pity you. Just don't try to push your liberal shit of on my reading eyes. I could bash you til the cows come in from the south 40 but this is Acidmans site.
P.S. The drug is Oxicontin. cotton has to do with fabric

Posted by: murry on February 22, 2005 05:31 AM

Amber, you ignorant cock,
Sorry, but your ignorance beats all I have ever seen.
Please tell more.
I always enjoy a good laugh

Posted by: murry on February 23, 2005 02:31 AM


i apologize, you misunderstood me. i merely stated that dope at low cost exists and reaffirmed that it was lower quality. supply and demand determines price, and some of that high dollar bud and low collar crap(meth) are both manufactured here in the US saving on those skyrocketting smuggling costs that you seem so, ummmm, focused on.

my point was anti legislate morality...also known as sarcasm, meant to spotlight the fucking impossible.

and suprise endings for you sweet hater, i am ultra conservative, i booze it up regularly, i have multiple children!! and i do know too much about hard days. and i'm sorry you took yours out on me..

don't hate--relate
off on my pompous ass, amber
(your spelling sux too)

Posted by: a blinding glimpse of the obvious on February 24, 2005 02:32 AM

I live in Denver. I had neck fusion spinal surgery from C-2 to C7 on February 19th 2008 I also suffer from from other low back herniations and stenosis.
It's smoking marijuana bad for a recent neck fusion? Can it affect the fusion. I like to smoke it but a haven't done it one week prior to surgery. I had the brownies but it is not the same effect. Can you help me find an answer to my dilema?
Thanks a lot!

Posted by: Manny on March 19, 2008 06:12 PM
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