…tolerable when we’re talking about window fasteners or computer mice but surely not when the product in question directly affects our health or even our survival.
If someone is experiencing problems with pot, fine, get them help. But locking them up? Feels like smashing a bedbug with a sledgehammer.
That’s not a large percent of the user population, but it’s among the sickest. That along might be enough to justify the investment; I’m sure a number of lives have been saved along the way.
The real issue is that Kratom use is already so widespread that attempts at a total ban would inevitably create hardship for those who are already dependent on the drug, as well as fuel the appearance of a thriving black market.
Once a problem such as opoid overprescribing is widespread, entrenched in practice, good luck eradicating it with new laws.
My concern is that these same hallucinogens have a pronounced tendency to escape the research environment and find their way out into the streets
…as one judge told me at a conference: “no matter how many jails you build, judges will fill them. It’s the easiest way to make this someone else’s problem, instead of ours.”
So if some enterprising MD or PhD were to show with a proposal for research designed to prove that drinking has definite health benefits, the industry will throw money at it.