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The first international drug treaty was signed a century ago this week. So what was the war on drugs like in 1912?

Today it is taken for granted that governments will co-operate in the fight against the heroin and cocaine trade.

But 100 years ago, narcotics passed from country to country with minimal interference from the authorities. That all changed with the 1912 International Opium Convention, which committed countries to stopping the trade in opium, morphine and cocaine.

Then, as now, the US stood in the vanguard against narcotics. While the UK's position is unequivocal today, a century ago it was an unenthusiastic signatory, says Mike Jay, author of Emperors of Dreams: Drugs in the Nineteenth Century.

The real concern a century ago was over alcohol, he argues. "There was a big debate over intoxication as there was concern about the heavy, heavy drinking culture of the 19th Century."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16681673

100 years later... not much has been achieved.
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#2
Every civilization needs intoxication in some form or another. An alteration in state of mind is essential to human existence. Drugs provide it the easiest. People want... no, people need to get fucked up. Simple as that.
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#3
And we're never gonna win either
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#6
Not really a surprise. We're faster on drug wars, gay marriage bans, and internet intrusions than we are on solutions for wars and our struggling economy. How ass backwards our gvt is.
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If only you could back that statement up.
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#7
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Every civilization needs intoxication in some form or another. An alteration in state of mind is essential to human existence. Drugs provide it the easiest. People want... no, people need to get fucked up. Simple as that.

I couldn't disagree more.
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#9
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I couldn't disagree more.


Well you're wrong
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If only you could back that statement up.
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Wolfgang's Philadelphia Study. Look it up yourself.
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#11
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100 years of mindless deaths and gang violence caused by illogical laws designed to keep money flowing to the elite who have their hand in the pot.


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#12
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100 years of mindless deaths and gang violence caused by illogical laws designed to keep money flowing to the elite who have their hand in the pot.


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Every civilization needs intoxication in some form or another. An alteration in state of mind is essential to human existence. Drugs provide it the easiest. People want... no, people need to get fucked up. Simple as that.


...What?
#16
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#17
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100 years of mindless deaths and gang violence caused by illogical laws designed to keep money flowing to the elite who have their hand in the pot.


Perfectly summed up.
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#20
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I couldn't disagree more.


You don't believe that altering your state of mind is an important facet of life?

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...What?


Read it again? The statement is pretty self-evident - people like drugs.
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#21
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100 years of mindless deaths and gang violence caused by illogical laws designed to keep money flowing to the elite who have their hand in the pot.

lolololololololololololol
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#23
Ah, and what an efficient and necessary expense it's been.


Here's to 100 more!


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#24
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You don't believe that altering your state of mind is an important facet of life?

No.
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#25
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My roommate doesn't think so. He just turned 21 and he still won't touch alcohol.


Does he play video games? Does he listen to music? Altered state of mind.
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#26
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Does he play video games? Does he listen to music? Altered state of mind.

Where exactly do you draw the line for "altered state of mind"?
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#27
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Where exactly do you draw the line for "altered state of mind"?


Asking that question just altered your state of mind.
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#28
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Asking that question just altered your state of mind.

So every single action is altering the mind?
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#29
Quote by darkstar2466
You don't believe that altering your state of mind is an important facet of life?


Not with things that negatively affect you and those around you.

People want to do that stuff, and that's fine. But I don't see how it is necessary in a society.
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#30
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So every single action is altering the mind?


Yes. Even if doing nothing. (Especially if doing nothing actually, in the zen sense)
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#31
Affecting your thought processes with some stimulus that is not a substance is not the same as affecting your physiology with a substance. The alteration of mind comes about from the substance interacting with your body. It's a pretty well-defined line, if you ask me.

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My roommate doesn't think so. He just turned 21 and he still won't touch alcohol.

Good for him - we need people like him who won't waste their lives binge drinking.
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No.

Daz coo. I respect that.
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Not with things that negatively affect you and those around you.
People want to do that stuff, and that's fine. But I don't see how it is necessary in a society.

Drugs give us a way to reach outside our spatial, temporal, and social constructs, the last of the three being why we need it both as individuals and as a society.
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#32
Win at a video game, mind gives you dopamine candy.

Smoke dopamine candy, feel like life's a video game and you're winning.
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#33
Hundred years well spent.

Seriously, I love capitalism and its somewhat profitable morals.
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Yes. Even if doing nothing. (Especially if doing nothing actually, in the zen sense)

You're high right now, aren't you?
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#39
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Hundred years well spent.

Seriously, I love capitalism and its somewhat profitable morals.


The drug war is one of the most anti-capitalist things our government has ever done. Having the state decide which drugs we can and can't sell instead of letting the free market decide.
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#40
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Win at a video game, mind gives you dopamine candy.

Smoke dopamine candy, feel like life's a video game and you're winning.



I like you.
dirtbag ballet by the bins down the alley
as i walk through the chalet of the shadow of death
everything that you've come to expect


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