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*** I realize that many people will object to my opinion that drugs - ALL "street" drugs - should be legal and taxed.
Do I advocate recreational drug use?
No - especially not with my own history of chemical indulgence.
Do I think it is irresponsible to use drugs recreationally?
That depends on whether or not you're at work doing them, caring for children or senior citizens, driving a car or other vehicle, and several other factors - but you get the general idea.
Would my decision to stay away from drugs and the people who use them change in the light of their legalization?
No - I do not use drugs, and do not associate with those who would do them or be under their influence in my presence.
Should their be stiffer penalties and fines for irresponsible behavior as a result?
Well <b><i>DUH!</b></i> Of course their should Similar to a DUI, only with certain considerations.
Here's the biggest thing though for all you parents: It is NOT a drug dealer's responsibility to teach <b>YOUR</b> child to make good decisions and not be influenced by negative peer pressure. If you do <b>YOUR</b> job as a parent and jump through the necessary hoops to instill good values and judgement in <b>YOUR</b> child, instead of assuming they know how you feel about such things, then you significantly reduce the chances of your child being involved in this irresponsible lifestyle and culture.
Parents don't spend enough time with their children. They don't <b>MAKE</b> the time. They expect the television to babysit their children by allowing them to sit in front of the goddamned tv for hours on end. They don't play enough with their children and spend time with them outside. They don't listen to their children and make WHATEVER trivial thing they might have to say appear as though it were the most important thing they've heard all day. They don't participate in enough things with their children on a consistent basis. They don't spend enough time explaining why certain things are bad for them on an ongoing basis - because one or two times is just not enough. They dismiss their children on a whim because whatever they're doing is always more important than what their child might need.
Ask yourself this question, parents: Do you love your children? Do you <i><b>REALLY</b></i> love your children? Raise them to be responsible and independent people who will make a difference in their own community. Spend as much of your free time with them as you possibly can. Turn off the TV, read with them, color and paint with them, get out of the house with them, participate in their lives for a change instead of only having them participate in <b>YOURS</b>. Your needs, wants, and desires will <b>N E V E R</b> be as important as those of your children are.