Colombia:Save the rainforest by making Cocaine legal

The argument that cocaine users are destroying the environment is rapidly leading its proponents into a spiraling abyss of irony and incoherence: If you’re into charlie, snow, or a few lines of snort, Colombia’s Vice President Francisco Santos Calderón has a message for you: your cocaine use is a “predator of the rain forest” and a serious threat to human life. “Cocaine use requires a disposable income and during the week many users drive hybrid cars and recycle. Then, on the weekend, he or she destroys everything they believe in,” Calderón said. [Huffington Post] Wait, what!? Did he just say that cocaine users are successful and well-educated? Shall police start profiling Prius drivers for drug searches? I remember the good old days when cocaine was supposed to make you steal things and kill people. I can’t even begin to imagine why you’d argue that cocaine is part of a healthy lifestyle if your goal is to make people stop doing it. If all this is true, then we can conclude rather easily that the problem with cocaine is how it’s produced and sold (which can be changed) rather than what happens when people use it (which cannot). The two options are 1) illicit cocaine cultivation in the rainforest, or 2) regulated cultivation somewhere else. There is no third option in which everyone agrees not to do coke. If you wait for that to happen while the rainforests burn, you’re a bigger part of the problem than the party people who drive Priuses. http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle_blog/2008/dec/08/are_cocaine_users_killing_the_ra

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