by Carly Hill
HuffPo just published an article saying that Americans are against legalizing hard drugs…and also against jailing drug users. Reading the title made me think that the author of the article was implying some sort of hypocrisy there, and I clicked in while thinking to myself, “Um…I think I’m like most Americans.”
Remember the creepy/un-friggin-believable headlines last year about people doing bath salts and then being compelled to eat peoples’ faces off? Yeah. I’d say hard drugs put other people in danger. People who do them don’t know what they did or where they were when they were on hard drugs. The people I know who have done them, anyway.
I think that the Americans surveyed in the polls used to generate that HuffPo headline are right on. Pot heads taking up jail cells that should be reserved for murderers and rapists is ridiculous. That being said, hard drugs should warrant punishment…maybe just not jail time.
I put pot in the alcohol category. People who smoke pot don’t eat their friends’ faces off…so…to each his own. I agree with the masses in that, I think drugs should warrant fines and/or community service time – not jail.
The Influence of My Libertarian-ish Leanings
My politics are very liberty-focused. I am all about small government. Let people decide what they will and will not do – as long as it doesn’t hurt another person. My conservative views have been heavily influenced by Julie Borowski and the libertarian movement. Libertarian-conservatives like Rand Paul have stirred young people like me to action – by focusing less on the politics of politics and more on the Constitution and freedom of the people.
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