Author Hunter Keeter Sends Me a Short Email–My Other Friend Is Leo Tolstoy

Hunter Keeter is a writer, editor, and consultant. He has authored five books the latest being Tools of Violence.  Hunter is also able to produce six paragraphs of argument against drug legalization in about 12-and-a-half minutes after receiving a link from me on the subject.

The link I sent him was from this Weekly Standard Article. With permission here is his response…

I agree with Mr. Walters’ article in almost every point he made but I’m
going to go a little further to the right. The so-called “drug war” may have
resulted in more $M being spent on anti-narcotics law enforcement at the
national and state levels, but I am not so sure it has really had the
universally positive effect at the local level that some hope it would have
had by now (since the Reagan era, anyway). What I mean is, I think the
politicians use the concept of a “war on drugs” to make hay during election
time, but I think that in fact we have seen a de facto surrender to some
drugs, especially marijuana. I think there are many, including police and
politicians, who see pot as “just one of those things” kids do, “no big
deal,” unless you get caught with a huge amount of the stuff. I wonder how
many people who get caught with pot in quantities the cops see as “for
personal use” just get let off with a warning, and what that number would
have been, say, 30-40 years ago? It seems to me that our culture has
caved-in and come to accept pot as part of normal life. We even fell,
hook-line-and-sinker for the “medical marijuana” fallacy.

There is no scientific basis for the uncontrolled use of pot to soothe a
patient’s suffering. What rubbish! Now states issue people cards to use this
foul stuff for medicinal purposes. I have to show the bull___ card on that
one. What’s the dosage? What’s the strength of the material being smoked (is
it “skunk” weed, or Sensimilla, Thai stick)? How much is being smoked? For
what purpose? How frequently? No one can answer those basic, medicinal
questions, which they could do for almost any other controlled substance,
even for over-the-counter meds. In my opinion, if there isn’t a satisfactory
answer to those basic questions, then the so-called medical professionals
who signed off on the issuance of those cards and that pot should be
stripped of their licenses for irresponsibility. No other drug that has such
unknown and unstudied properties and effects is so carelessly handled by the
medical profession.

If someone has a severe illness and is in pain, there’s a lengthy list of
tested, clinically proven and controlled drugs they can safely take to make
it better, or more tolerable. Pot isn’t on that list. Pot will never be on
that list. Medical marijuana is the snakeoil of the 21st century. The whole
idea, the terminology, is bunk. The people who thought this up are the
lackeys of NORML and other propagandists who want to see pot generally
legalized. They admit (Google Keith Stroup, NORML) that the PR campaign
behind “medicinal use” is, in fact, a red herring argument intended solely
to crack open a chink in the legal armor against pot legalization. And we,
as a society, have bought it. Shame on us.

Why is this significant? It is because when substances become more available
to any segment of the population, then it becomes more likely that children
will get hold of them. The more people smoke pot and get away with it, the
more kids are going to use it. What worries me is that there is a growing
body of evidence that shows that pot use, especially by adolescents, may be
linked to the development of schizophrenia, depression and other major
mental health problems by some of the people who smoke it (Google Robin
Murray, cannabis; or Patrick Cockburn, son, schizophrenia). The thing is: we
don’t really know because no one has studied it properly. And yet these
so-called medical and legal professionals are more than ready to issue
medical use pot cards and say “go for it.”

The other issue, relevant to the law enforcement side of this debate, is
that even if the “drug war” were filling up the prisons, that’s no moral
reason to stop sending people down who get busted for using and trafficking
the stuff. In my opinion, the more we shift our focus from the demand to the
suppliers, the less able we are to get at the real cause for the epidemic of
drug use that has plagued western society since the cultural revolution of
the late 1960s and 1970s. It’s the drug users who are, through their
childish insistence on their “rights” to gratify their greasy pleasures,
sponsoring the criminal narcotics crisis in this country and the widespread
violence, disorder and almost unimaginable misery of those people who are
unfortunate enough to live in nations plagued by the rule of narco gangs (49
decapitated victims of Mexico’s Las Zetas cartel, or the Colombian cartels
of the 1980s come readily to mind). When we, as a society, embraced the
counter-culture message that included increased usage of drugs and the
general breakdown of traditional institutions like the family, we opened the
door to the general decay of our social fabric. That’s not just some tired
conservative political platform. That’s borne out by even the briefest
examination of the facts. What we have got, 40 years on, is this:  much more
drug use (of all types of illegal drugs) today than in 1965 or any year
prior to that; much more youth crime and increasingly violent crime (not
because of guns but because of the drugs culture, the gangs and all the
other vice crimes that have become rampant in our cities); and a dramatic
transformation of our social framework. I’m talking about all those
attendant problems that are correlated to illegal drug use: teen pregnancy,
juvenile delinquency, school dropouts, etc.

In addition, we must acknowledge that there has been a general
transformation of the police function in this country, from community-based
patrol to the types of police forces we have today, which increasingly are
militarized, technologically dependent and distant from those they are
supposed to protect and serve. This isn’t meant as a criticism of the good
and honest work done by law enforcement officers, but rather to point out
that policing has become something other than it was intended to be in this
country. Police forces aren’t supposed to be “military” organizations. By
definition police forces are civil agencies whose members are responsible
for and to the communities they serve and live within. But today, most cops
would see themselves as troops and everybody else as “civilians,” or
perpetrators. This is another consequence of the so-called “drug war.”
Because the drugs culture that the counter-culture movement brought to us
has resulted in the rise of well-armed and well-funded violent gangs, the
cops have had to become all-SWAT, all the time, just to survive. 

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