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Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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4 Responses

  1. ChrisWWW says:

    But you know, if growing a certain plant was legal, then this wouldn’t be a problem.Report

  2. Chris Dierkes says:

    I’m not convinced legalization would solve all problems, but I think in general it would be a much better scenario than this. I think the main thing is to de-escalate the weaponization and criminalization of marijuana.Report

  3. Roque Nuevo says:

    Of course legalization is not a cure-all. Cure-alls don’t exist. That’s not the point. Criminalization was supposed to be the cure once upon a time–for what, I really don’t know for sure. If you support criminalization, like it seems you do (albeit in a wishy-washy way) then show that it benefits society more than the status quo ante, which, by the way, existed for thousands of years. Drugs were perfectly legal before criminalization. Where’s the evidence that this was an untenable situation? Because I think we agree that today’s persecution of drugs is untenable.Report

    • Chris Dierkes in reply to Roque Nuevo says:

      My position would be something like legalization for pot and decrimininalization (not legalization) for other drugs.

      Here in Vancouver where I live there is a place that does clean needle exchanges, and as much as there is constant talk that this encourages drug use, study after study shows that’s bogus, and the needle exchange seriously reduces the spread of infectious diseases. I think that’s obviously a good idea.Report