In Portugal, the country where drug use has been decriminalized since 2001, addiction, according to the locals, is a non-issue. No drug addicted zombies in the streets. No drug-associated turf wars. No societal chaos. No fear; no drug war to fight. To them, legalization just makes common sense.
Chew on that for a moment.
I walked downtown Lisbon well after midnight and…nothing. Nothing, that is, except many nice people willing to bridge the language barrier so as to help a couple of lost tourists looking for a nightcap and something good to eat after a long day of traveling.
No one chooses to become an addict. They fall into
Societies, like people have shadow sides. What is repressed will always squeeze out sideways, manifesting in a laundry list of negative repercussions.
Drag those shadows into the light and they lose their power to control.
Heal thyself, harden thyself, change the world –