There is a mean spirited person at the BU.edu website who insists on attacking individuals instead of comparing and contrasting ideas. He decided to attack me with his vitriol and I responded. My reply is below.
Curiously however, since I first read BU’s comment guidelines before I first posted, a few days ago, they’ve since revised their guidelines to allow ad hominem attacks. As I point out, this doesn’t bother me, because it only shows how shallow the kook is.
As of this writing, my comment is in moderation, however, I have pasted it below. It, I hope, can be found on this page, soon: http://www.bu.edu/today/2012/reef...
First off Carlitos Corazon I wish to thank you for your insults, insinuations, and ad hominem attacks. Although, it seems the comment guidelines have recently been revised to remove the word “ad hominem” it doesn’t bother me; because this merely shows future readers that science, reason, and history are on the side of drug policy reformers.
If you are truly interested in numbers and costs then I suggest you give close scrutiny to these two important websites:
500+ Economists say regulate marijuana similar to alcohol
Count the Costs: 50 Years of the War on Drugs
At both websites you can find copious research and LOTS of names for you to accuse of being “life destroying” pot heads! :-) Kind of like these folks perhaps? http://www.veryimportantpotheads....
Because everyone knows how horrible Richard Branson, Rick Steeves, Rodney Dangerfield, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Michael Phelps, Willie Nelson, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Carl Sagan, etc… turned out.
Please also let me introduce you to LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. http://LEAP.cc
Not only do they say legalize marijuana, but legalize cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, LSD, peyote, etc…
Many of them bought in to the “Reefer Madness” (title of this post) but no more.
In conclusion, marijuana, nor any drug, makes a person “dirty.” Jesus clearly says that nothing a person can take into one’s body makes a person “dirty” (spiritually unclean). Instead what makes a person spiritual unclean is what comes out of a person’s mouth (and writing, by extension): lies, slander, ad hominem attacks, etc…
And I added another comment too:
You know, I’ve thought long and hard about this for a very long time.
Why are you not happy that truth has come to light? That scientific findings have proved the overwhelming majority of those who consume cannabis are healthier and smarter: seems to me every rational person should be glad that data has been published.
In a similar vein, we also have tons of research which proves the overwhelming majority of those who drink alcohol are healthier than those who don’t.
Every honest business person wants his/her competitors to operate above board, but as long as we have drug prohibition, hundreds of billions of dollars will be laundered through sham businesses. That, as everyone should know, is harmful and can only be remedied one way. To bring drugs back into the law where we can control them versus leaving them solely in the control of the black market.