unintended? don't break the law and you won't have a wrecked family, life, etc. it's rather simple, dont you think?
No life and law are never simple. In many instances the law might not be just or be unjustly applied. Would you say the same about someone (yourself even) who wanted to have a beer when alcohol was illegal in the states?
I don't believe govt should be overly protective when it comes to drugs. Let people make choices :)
Yes that is true but the goverment does a role in protecting the individuals, However when that function is perverted to criminalising a million of poles that use drugs somthing has gone terribly wrong. I watch with amazement when the anti terrorist squad to breaks down, doors, throws in a few flash grenades and run with automatic weapos. just to bust a weed dealer. The anti terrorist units in the polish police (BOA) are used once every two days!
We need to go beyond the war on drugs/legalisation debate. Drugs could be still illegal but the penalties should be civil rather than criminal.
The czech republic is a great example of drug reform. It's still against the law to possess 15 grams or less, but it's tolerated and the police have the power to give you a fine. People can grow up to three plants, again tolerated but with the possiblity of a fine.
Whilst maintaining its paternal protective role, the czech goverment has stopped the war on its own populace and in fact decentralised the profits from the marijuana trade, putting the money into citizens pockets rather than the mafia. In fact a whole industry has sprung up including hemp hand creams, weed seed vodka, hemp clothes etc.