i love norm stampler. he's a former cop who speaks so eloquently for the legalization of drugs that i can hardly contain my pleasure.
“Want to cut back on prison overcrowding and save a bundle on the construction of new facilities? Open the doors, let the nonviolent drug offenders go. The huge increases in federal and state prison populations during the 1980s and ‘90s (from 139 per 100,000 residents in 1980 to 482 per 100,000 in 2003) were mainly for drug convictions. In 1980, 580,900 Americans were arrested on drug charges. By 2003, that figure had ballooned to 1,678,200. We’re making more arrests for drug offenses than for murder, manslaughter, forcible rape and aggravated assault combined. Feel safer?”
“The demand for illicit drugs is as strong as the nation’s thirst for bootleg booze during Prohibition. It’s a demand that simply will not dry up. Whether to find God, heighten sex, relieve pain, drown in one’s sorrows or simply feel good, people throughout the millenniums have turned to mood- and mind-altering substances. They’re not about to stop, no matter what their government says or does. It’s time to accept drug use as a right of adult Americans, treat drug abuse as a public-health problem and end the madness of an un-winnable war.”
“In declaring a war on drugs, we've declared a war on our fellow citizens. War requires 'hostiles' - enemies we can demonize, fear and loathe. This unfortunate catagorization of millions of our citizens justifies treating them as dope fiends, less than human. That grants political license to ban the exhange or purchase of clean needles or to withold methadone from heroin addicts motivated to kick their addiction.”
i used him a LOT in my research paper about why all drugs should be legalized. BITCH. and oh yeah, i know i'm talented enough to have won over 12 drama awards in the past three years on my own, not on some sympathy vote. yes, it was nice to have the affirmation, but that's not why i won. i won because i'm just that fucking good.