Comments on: The Drug War at 40: Fascist and a Failure http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/06/10/the-drug-war-at-40-fascist-and-a-failure/ Property - Prosperity - Peace Sat, 09 May 2015 08:06:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 By: Jeff http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/06/10/the-drug-war-at-40-fascist-and-a-failure/#comment-2005 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:48:51 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=8676#comment-2005 Mr. Martin:

Americans still have the right to self medicate. They just have to do it legally. Anyone can go to the drug store and by mild cold remedies, pain killers, etc.
It takes alot of schooling, to become a medical doctor.
And people don’t get “permission” to use a drug, they get a “prescription”.
Marijuana addicts just may not want to admit, that they have a “mental health problem”. They say, they can quit anytime, but they probably don’t realize that, it is a “psychologically addictive” substance.

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By: Brian Martinez http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/06/10/the-drug-war-at-40-fascist-and-a-failure/#comment-1921 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 02:34:23 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=8676#comment-1921 Thanks for your comment, Ignacio, and I think you are correct. The drug cartels are not heroes. They have a vested interest in keeping the drug war going, as it increases their power, just as it does for the government.

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By: Ignacio Vega http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/06/10/the-drug-war-at-40-fascist-and-a-failure/#comment-1918 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:27:34 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=8676#comment-1918 Forgive pls my english. I am foreigner. I agree with you in a great part, but you don’t mention a very important thing: with this absurdn system drug dealers earn money in such quantities that normally is measured according to the weighth. They are not willing at all free drugs. We are idiots.

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By: Brian Martinez http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/06/10/the-drug-war-at-40-fascist-and-a-failure/#comment-1915 Sun, 12 Jun 2011 03:18:36 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=8676#comment-1915 Thanks for your comment, Nicolas.

I am aware that the government makes it very difficult, if not impossible at times, for people to obtain medication. I referenced one of the worst examples, that of prosecuting doctors for prescribing pain medication, in my post.

I don’t think all libertarians wrongly perceive the role doctors play in enforcing statist drug laws. I am opposed to all medical licensing requirements, just as I am opposed to all government prescription requirements. There should be no restrictions whatsoever on people obtaining whatever medication they feel they need, just as there should be no restraints on doctors to counsel patients and prescribe such medications.

But that is but one narrow aspect of the larger drug war. To catalog every crime of the state in enforcing this useless and idiotic war would probably require far more than a single blog post.

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By: Nicolas Martin http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/06/10/the-drug-war-at-40-fascist-and-a-failure/#comment-1914 Sun, 12 Jun 2011 03:00:44 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=8676#comment-1914 Drug prohibition is more than 40 years old. Americans lost the right to self-medicate in the early 20th Century.

While rightly objecting to prohibitions on the use of intoxicants, libertarians are strangely mute about the prescription drug laws that force Americans to get permission from government agents (physicians) to use almost all other medicines. That is probably because libertarians, like most people, wrongly perceive doctors to independent rather than licensed agents of the state. Against all logic, many libertarians actually advocate putting marijuana control into the same medical hands that control access to prescription drugs.

Thomas Szasz has spoken out strongly for years against all prohibition, and against shams like “medical marijuana,” but he is overlooked even by most libertarians.

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By: Brian Martinez http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/06/10/the-drug-war-at-40-fascist-and-a-failure/#comment-1907 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 05:00:32 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=8676#comment-1907 Thanks!

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By: Michael Barnett http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/06/10/the-drug-war-at-40-fascist-and-a-failure/#comment-1905 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:17:06 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=8676#comment-1905 Homerun, Brian.

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