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12 February 2007 @ 01:47 pm
Would Lincoln have legalized drugs?  
"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

- Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)
grimspace on February 13th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Absafrikinfabulous quote! Though I don't suppose anyone will think to haul it out in an effort to STOP THE MADNESS re: The 'war' on drugs'

Tapatitapati on February 13th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
You're welcome. I just ran into that quote and was so surprised and happy to see a political icon of the past saying just what I think about the issue that I had to post it.

Imagine if prisons were reserved for the violent criminals, the murderers, rapists and pedophiles? We could incarcerate them for longer terms and keep people safer at no extra expense over what it costs to house so many drug dealers and those in for possession. Plus the money saved on drug enforcement and the money gained by taxing drugs heavily could go towards treatment programs. The only catch I can see is the seizure laws would go away and cities have begun to rely on that as a steady source of income. Perhaps the property of murderers and rapists could be seized instead.