The two extremes of the drug debate are destroying Oklahoma. Not just culturally, but economically. The people of the Sooner state need to disregard the loud noise coming from both ditches, as we navigate out of the dire predicament our state finds herself in.
The prosecutor/law enforcement industry loves the power to go after hippy types with the authority that our 1960s teetotaler voter base gave them. That power only grew over the next six decades. We now have pirates acting as cops and taking people's wallets, cars, and even their homes; using the abusive 'civil asset forfeiture' excuses.
In reading up on the issue, I found a rather wise dissertation from the comments section of an 8 year old blog post.
Legalizing all drugs is not a solution. Legalizing some drugs is.
But as a teetotaler, I have realized my own past selfishness. My personal convictions seem very sensible, so I decided;
"If my convictions are good enough for me,
I'm only for anarchy for those marooned on a south Pacific island. For the rest of us who share common resources, there needs to be some sensibility in our quest to celebrate the liberty our forefathers secured for us, and we must secure the same for our posterity.
We can start by acknowledging that not all the hippy drugs are the same. Some are lethal and radically addictive(liquor is one such substance).
But some are neither addictive or lethal. They may impair us and make us dizzy, but so does some of the playground equipment at my neighborhood park. Yet we let kids use their own prudence around the swing sets.
We have to face the fact that many of our laws are influenced by cultural prejudice, in the same way that my parents gave me that 'disapproving' look when I'd come home from college for holiday break and stay out past midnight with old friends; then sleeping in (past 7am).