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Tucson Citizen Police Academy Week Three by tucsonmike on 30 September 2008 4:01am
 
Finally got around to putting it up. Last week, we got the lecture about drugs.
I was always on the fence about legalizing drugs. Not after last week.

This week is the visit to the Crime Lab.
 
Re: Tucson Citizen Police Academy Week Three by peripatetically on 30 September 2008 12:02pm
 
Which way did you fall from the fence, Mike? For or against legalization?
 
Re: Tucson Citizen Police Academy Week Three by geordiegirl on 30 September 2008 2:35pm
 
Know what you mean about drugs, Mike.
Seeing young men with no teeth & hggard expressions begging for money or for travelling-cards which can be sold on is enough to put me off.

You are doing a really good thing here.
 
Re: Tucson Citizen Police Academy Week Three by Miss-M on 1 October 2008 4:11am
 
Put that pipe away, Mike!
 
Re: Tucson Citizen Police Academy Week Three by tucsonmike on 1 October 2008 4:16am
 
I'm dead set against legalization.
 
Re: Tucson Citizen Police Academy Week Three by peripatetically on 1 October 2008 2:27pm
 
Me too.
 
Re: Tucson Citizen Police Academy Week Three by sighthound on 1 October 2008 9:24pm
 
I'm not. The War on Drugs is another example of failed Reaganomics. It has been totally ineffective in stopping drug use; in fact, it defines "counter-productive" in terms of dealing with addiction and its associated crimes but has been very effective in making fortunes for people. It has turned drugs into an enormously larger business on both sides of the legal fence. There is so much money involved now for the drug cartels (Anybody else here remember when pot cost just $10 for a few ounces?) and for drug enforcement (who have all those nice laws letting them confiscate property connected with drugs even if the property owner was totally innocent and had no idea that his car/house etc. was found to have drugs in it) and, of course, our privatized prison system which makes billions housing perpetrators of victimless crimes. The U.S. imprisons more of its population than any other country due to enforcement of drug laws.

Lelegalize drugs which will take the profit out of it. If there are no huge profits, the glamor of drugs will be drastically reduced and fewer young people will be sucked into the drug world. And then spend money on treatment programs. We spend billions on prisons and next to nothing on treatment to stop addiction. We also spend next to nothing to make sure that inner-city youth can have a better hope for their future than by selling drugs. I've volunteered in inner city schools and I find that any youth who survives them and thrives without resorting to illegal business to be a miracle.
 
Re: Tucson Citizen Police Academy Week Three by peripatetically on 1 October 2008 11:18pm
 
Young people will experiment regardless of the cost and availability.

And the richer, young and older, use them regardless of cost or whether they are legal or not. It's just something else they wish to try and do for attention and to drown their woes.
 
Re: Tucson Citizen Police Academy Week Three by tucsonmike on 2 October 2008 1:26am
 
At first, I was surprised when Lt. McCarthy said he was opposed to legalizing drugs. I asked him, wouldn't your workload go down?
No, he said. We would just be arresting them for other things, (Driving impaired, domestic violence, etc).
 
Re: Tucson Citizen Police Academy Week Three by sighthound on 2 October 2008 4:04am
 
I'm sorry, Mike, but that just does not make sense.

Does Lt. McCarthy not want to deal with the underlying problems that result in anti-social behavior or is he only interested in making arrests?
 
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