Pubdate: Fri, 13 Oct 2006
Source: Kootenay Western Star (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Kootenay Western Star
Author: Chris Buors



Tom Fletcher is on to something with the notion of giving so-called
drug addict free shelte rand drugs too boot.

No doubt it would cut down on all the so-called "drug-related crime."
Tom is right that the public is not quite ready to surrender.

I propose a compromise solution that seems to appeal to the Canadian
notion of fair play.

How about we restore our natural right to drugs, all of them and sell
them on the open market just like Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman has
been advocating for more than 40 years?

Heroin Heaven, Coca Palace and LSD Psychonautics could open to provide
the same service opium dens provided for thousands of years.

The model already exists.We call them bars.

Alcohol is the ceremonial and ritual substance of western
Christian-based civilization.

Opium and cannabis served that role in the mid-east and asian
cultures, coca still serves the people of South America in those roles.

It is Western civilization's preoccupation with subliminally
conquering the planet that is at the root of drug prohibition; He
turned the water into wine.

The popular notion of drug courts resonates with our Christian-based
culture for the same reason forcible conversion of others appealed to
our ancestors.

Deep down inside, Christianity indoctrinates the belief in demonic
possession; the devil has been blamed for getting ahold of people and
making them do things for thousands of years.

That notion manifests itself into the firm belief in demonic chemicals
from the periodic table getting ahold of people and overriding their
moral senses.The truth is drugs act on our bodies, not our morals.

Addict is a stigmatizing term that is culturally conditioned.

Addiction is not a disease; it's a choice people make to cast
themselves into the role of the downtrodden.

In short, addicts are a social construct just like alcoholics

Alcoholic means the person drinks too much for their own good in the
judgment of the person doing the labelling and addict means the person
uses the wrong social drugs no matter the amount.

Needless to say, any coercion of these individuals is doomed to

Self-help, the saving of one's own soul as Thomas Jefferson would have
phrased it, cannot be achieved with legislation that is immoral and
unjust to say the least.

All manner of beating, torture, jailing and death have been tried in
the past and not one of those methods has ever built a single moral
fibre into humanity.

Restoring our natural right to drugs and letting the forces of caveat
emptor that served our ancestors well for thousands of years rein again.

The ancient Roman sensibility served us right up until we medicalized
drugs, and life along with it, 100 short years ago.

Perhaps it is time for Canadians to reconsider the folly of absolving
ourselves of our personal responsibility for what passes our lips.
Passing the buck to medicine serves the state and medicine, but not
the individual.

It's time to separate medicine and state, and deal with the moral
issue of ceremonial and ritual substance use in a truthful and
educated atmosphere.

The press ought to call on the anthropologists and the
pharmacologists, not the police and the politicians, if they want the
truth about drug issues.

Chris Buors

Winnipeg, Man.
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