The Next Drug to Go
I don’t do drugs. With one notable exception that we’ll talk about later. I just want to go into a little background first. I’m for the legalization of everything. I go WAY libertarian on this one. The only difference between me and a crazy Ron Paul supporter when talking about the legalization of drugs is that I don’t make it the entire platform of the party. I don’t care whether you want to do pot, heroin, LSD, or some weird thing your friend made by combining rice and fire ants in a blender (Disclaimer – I’m pretty sure that’s not a thing). It’s not my place to take your potentially strange ways away from you, and it’s not the government’s place to do so either. If you choose to do that, more power to you. I could really care less. Hell, if we tax it we could actually get some money out of it. And God knows California could use some of that.
This brings me to my drug – caffeine. I love it. I live off of it. Without it I’m not sure I could survive. It’s a chemical compound that I don’t know that I could live without. It is the main cause of most of the moods I’m in, and I know that without it I’ve certainly at the very least annoyed a few people. So yeah, it’s a drug. My prediction for the future, however, is that this can go either way.
1st scenario – Drugs are legalized. Pot is the first to go, first under medical licenses. Then people will finally realize that medical licenses are nothing but excuses for people with no legitimate problems to get pot. Getting the license is therefore nothing but a formality. Pot will become legal. They’ll tax the hell out of it, but it’ll slowly become accepted into mainstream society. Maybe it’ll be looked down on like smoking is now, but it won’t be a big deal anymore. The other drugs will slowly follow. Call it soma if you will, but that’s scenario one.
2nd scenario – We go t’other way with it. Drugs go the way of smoking. There’s always going to be a few who do it, but it’s pretty ingrained in our minds that smoking is bad (at least in my generation). It’s very reverse Brave New World, but the example of smoking has shown that it’s not too hard to change the entire psyche of the country on issues like this. Not that I’m advocating smoking. In fact, I think the opposite. I’m just saying that it’s scary that national opinion on an issue like that can change that quickly and that dramatically. Drugs could be the next to go. All it takes is a couple billboards, a few 40 year old videos in elementary/middle school health classes, and some losers with nothing better to do than stand somewhere and hand out pamphlets.
Who knows what will happen. I wonder though in 200 years whether or not people will be looking back at the year 2010 and wonder how we could possibly put the crap that is caffeine into our system. Luckily, though, the year is 2010 and not 2210, and I need my caffeine to survive. But I’m just saying, maybe caffeine is the next to go. They did away with smoking, which was pretty accepted 200 years ago; maybe coffee is going to be the smoking of 2210. So, let’s legalize everything and play out the first scenario. It’s not going to impact me if the government decides Americans can take whatever drug they damn well please, but just the thought that the government can tell us that we’re not allowed to do drugs if we’re inclined to is insulting. I’m not a Ron Paul supporter, because the guy is pretty much crazy, but at least he has something right.