July 18, 2024

Just Say No

Thom Marshall of the Houston Chronicle says we need to help drug users more. “We’re criminalizing an entire generation,” says one area judge. That’s a valid point and something that is very likely not right.

But would it be better to legalize soft drugs and let these “offenders” off the hook? Many of them have not injured anyone. In our government’s zeal to fight a war on drugs, too many “almost innocent” people have been jailed.

What is the point, after all, of criminalizing drug consumption? I’m not sure I know. If Billy Bob wants to smoke dope, what is that to you or I? If he does it and crashes into your car, well, we’ve already got laws for that. If Sally Jane shoots up smack while her kids starve, we’ve already got Child Protective Services to handle that scenario, too. So what is the real deal then?

Regardless, I hardly think having the state take more of my hard-won dollars from my clutching hands is the answer. How about this one: Just Say No.


Marc is a software developer, writer, and part-time political know-it-all who currently resides in Texas in the good ol' U.S.A.

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