Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pot Calling the Kettle Black

This is wrong on so many levels. So many people have been brainwashed by the "War on Drugs" propaganda, and this woman is no exception.

Some woman was upset about drug dealing, and she saw a guy on the side of the road who was checking his tire pressure, but she assumed that he was a drug dealer. So she pulled over and proceeded to punch the hell out of the guy.

Did I mention that the woman was under the influence of the infamous (but legal) drug alcohol?

Christina M. Hephner, who police say had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 at the time, confronted the man on Thanksgiving Day near 12th Street and Bluff Avenue, according to a criminal complaint. She is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and could face up to two years behind bars with a penalty enhancer for having prior convictions.

According to the complaint:

Hephner told police she was in the area visiting her child’s father, who had been talking about selling drugs. She was upset about drugs being sold around her child, but left the home when the father ordered her to go.

Hephner then saw several cars pulled over and assumed the people around them were selling drugs. She went up to one man, accused him of drug dealing and began punching him in the face.

The man, who had never seen Hephner before, was stopped to check on a tire that seemed low.

Now selling drugs around kids is probably not a good idea. I can understand why this lady would be pissed. But randomly attacking some poor guy on the street, even if he really was selling drugs, is grossly immoral.

But the worst thing of all is that this woman most likely doesn't consider alcohol to be a drug. It's legal, after all.

The War on Drugs has distorted almost everyone's perception of substance abuse to horribly absurd levels. People think that non-addictive marijuana is a gateway drug as opposed to highly-addictive alcohol. People think that ecstasy (which never killed anyone) is more bad for you than alcohol (which kills thousands). People think that it's ok to drive if you've had only a few drinks, but not ok to drive if you've had only a few lines.

So have non-alcoholic drug users become some sort of scapegoat? Most definitely. Do these distortions about drug use among the general public cause increased use of deadly, highly-addictive alcohol? Most probably.

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