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... in that way, you extinguish any humour it may have contained.

So excuse me for a moment while I grieve its passing. sigh

OK, that's over. Now, if we must get all dKos-ish, once we have done the main classification, of physically addictive substances, then it becomes necessary to assess (1) the harm done if someone is addicted and (2) the difficulty of breaking the physical addiction.

I have been short enough of cash at various times over the past five years to know quite well what is involved in kicking coffee ... and further, to know that I will, indeed, kick coffee rather than spend money required for necessities in order to buy more coffee.

I have also kicked the tobacco habit ... twice ... and that was a wrenching experience, to overcome a physical addiction with long-established and well-know possibilities of truly horrific consequences.

So I have no trouble with Folgers being allowed to be a caffeine addiction pusher for fun and profit. But the greater the harm, third party harm, and difficulty in kicking the habit, the greater the justification for strict regulation.

And, especially, I do not want to see tax revenues from any addictive substance like tobacco or heroin being used for purposes other than public education campaigns regarding the perils of their use and public health services for those who wish to escape addiction.

On whether it should be illegal if it was in fact possible to thereby prevent its use, that's a counter-factual that I am not terribly interested in. Making it illegal does not prevent its use, but does substantially interfere with efforts to help people cope with and, in the best case, free themselves of the addiction.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 09:13:06 PM EST
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