Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kartini: Regarding California's plan to legalize, produce and tax drugs.

This is an excerpt from an Indonesian girl's writings of a century ago, translated into English.  Kartini is the subject of a post by Tikno.

"The opium tax is one of the richest sources of income of the Government - what matter if it go well or ill with the people? - the Government prospers.   This curse of the people fills the treasury of the Dutch Indian Government with thousands - nay, with millions.  Many say that the use of opium is no evil, but those who say that have never known India, or else they are blind.


What are our daily murders, incendiary fires, robberies, but the direct result of the use of opium?  True, the desire for opium is not so great an evil as long as one can get it - when one has money to buy the poison; but when one cannot obtain it - when one has no money with which to buy it, and is a confirmed user of it?  Then one is dangerous, then one is lost.  Hunger will make a man a thief, but the hunger for opium will make him a murderer. There is a saying here - 'At first you eat opium, but in the end it will devour you.'" - Letters of a Javanese Princess.

Supposedly marijuana isn't as bad as opium, although the desperation for which marijuana is being pushed means that it is on a similar trajectory.  Then there is the dysfunctional legal environment that makes it easy to push harder drugs that are as bad as opium.

4 comments:

Delirious said...

The whole idea behind making it legal is that the government would be able to tax the growers. But how are they going to find them? Although there are quite a few in Humboldt county to which the police turn a blind eye....

Looney said...

We will probably have a system that is totally inept. I imagine government subsidized growing operations that are trying to undercut the non-government growers. Then we would have a reverse situation where the tax money was used to prop up the growers!

Rummuser said...

Leaving aside the problem of grass, let us look at liquor. Why is it that it is perfectly acceptable that a substance for getting high, liquor, acceptable but not other substances?

Looney said...

The issues related to liquor are quite broad. Prior to refrigeration, liquor was a good way to preserve calories in a drink that was free from parasites. A moderate amount to supplement a diet would be beneficial.

My son came back from college being disgusted with the smell of alcohol. My family doesn't drink, but he was exposed to a lot of drinking parties with people left sick and vomiting. The universities encourage the kids to experiment with drugs, alcohol and sex. That is what becoming an adult is all about. You almost wish the Sharia Law folk would go on a rampage.