I Hate Dope

I Hate Dope

I don’t make a habit of getting in people’s faces about spiritual things.  So I won’t get in your face right now, either.  But I do have a problem with people using illegal drugs, including marijuana. I have heard one too many rich kids tell me that using marijuana is a victimless crime.  I have heard one too many smug teenager tell me I don’t know anything, and tell me to pound sand because I’m stomping on their buzz.  I am not thinking that I am better than you because I don’t use and you might.  There, only by the grace of God, go I. But I want people to understand that my issue with illegal drugs isn’t whether you get high or not.  My issue is that the money people spend in our suburban high schools to buy drugs is spent on our streets to support other things.

If a high school kid in Brookfield buys a bag of dope for $10, chances are you bought it from someone who paid a lot more than that for a bigger bag of it.  Sometimes as much as half of that money goes back to the supplier who is almost always engaged in other enterprises.  A 20-round box of 7.62×39 ammo goes for $4.99 at the local sporting goods store.  Congratulations, someone just bought a magazine of ammo for an AK-47.  A couple of times a year, some gangster drives by a party and unloads a full magazine into a crowd.  Anybody ever seen what an AK round does to the human body?  It makes a hole the size of a tennis ball when it exits.  What does that look like on the torso or head of a 12-year-old kid who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?  Gangs in Milwaukee control the drug trade, so the money that gets spent to “party it up” is used to buy guns and bullets that are murdering and maiming and crippling kids on our streets.  When you buy a bag of dope, you buy a box of bullets.  It’s just that simple.  Using dope is not a victimless crime.

Five blocks from our food pantry, 15 and 16-year-old girls sell their bodies on the street corner to buy crack or heroin and to pay off their pimps to avoid a beating or worse.  The same people who sell crack, sell marijuana.  It’s just another product in their catalog, just another income stream in their larger enterprise. Some of the money from that “innocent” little dope purchase goes to support that business, too.  I want every single kid who is thinking about just using a little dope to have a mental image seared into their brain of a 16-year-old prostitute in the hands of a disgusting 50 year-old man one night, and being beaten by her pimp the next night for not turning enough tricks with other disgusting 50-year-old men.  And I want every one of those kids who are buying bags of dope in the local high school to know the name of one of those prostitutes and the names of her terrified and helpless parents, and see the dollars that they spent on their good time going into the hands of the person beating that kid.  I want them to know the name of at least one kid who will spend the rest of their lives in wheelchair because their spine was severed by bullets bought with those kid’s innocent allowance money.  I know several of them.  If you think I am lying to you, give me one day of your time this week, and I will introduce you to some.  And I will introduce you to their parents and brothers and sisters and children.

We can argue about whether marijuana ought to be legalized.  But today the world isn’t what it ought to be.  It is the world that is.  In the world that is, marijuana is illegal and buying it supports horrible things.  There is nothing innocent about dope.  If you use it, you have blood on your hands.  End of lecture.

“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

– Mother Theresa

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  1. Sam Said:

    WOW!!! You hit the nail straight on the head with this one! I am speechless, honestly, at how well you have worded one of the main problems with society at this point in time. With no one willing to take responsibility for their actions, and the damages that their actions cause. Thanks again Max, and I am so very proud to call you my friend and brother.

    Sam

    • The Guardian news agency in Britain estimate that 35,000 people have been killed in Mexico over drugs in the last four years. The numbers of dead in Columbia are just as devastating. Not to mention that we have U.S. troops on the ground in Columbia whose lives are put at risk by bullets and RPGs bought with drug money from the U.S. The post didn’t even talk about that aspect of this. At what point do we begin to call drug users “traitors”? Who do we think is funding that holocaust? Again, we should be having a conversation about legalization, but until that day comes, people “partying it up” are paying for bullets that kill huge numbers of God’s precious children.

  2. Mr. Kite Said:

    Our government is just as much to blame as the gun slinging pimps, dealers and cartels. When a drug addicted child is tossed into jail for prostitution or posession, that is exactly what happens they are incarcerated and left in a cell for days writhing in pain as they try and survive detoxing without medical attention. Once released they will be put on probation and forced to follow a program which is designed to make the individual fail. Forced to give weekly urine analysis tests sooner or later the individual will fail or stop meeting with his/her probation officer, resulting in a warrant being issued for their arrest. Unable to get a real job with a warrant out for them the will be out on the street in no time. During this life of being in and out of jail individuals may or may not be required to attend drug counseling or rehabilitation. These programs cost money that many people cannot afford resulting in missed sessions, resulting in more jail time. Dissillusioned by the systems’ “revolving door” leaves individuals feeling more and more helpless. What person addicted to drugs at 15 can afford to pay $45/urine test, three times a week, drug counseling @ $40/session, twice a week and hold down a minimum wage job. These fees will require almost 40 hrs/wk woth of work which is hard to accomplish when you have to miss work for counseling and piss-tests and then how are they supposed to feed themselves much less house themselves because these children obviously don’t have someone that cares for them. These figures were from 2005 out of New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the nation so I hate to think what they would be in a state like New York. The point is if our government spent even a percentage of the money they spend on incarceration on drug counseling, rehabilitation, and housing for trouble youth(hey we could even throw in adults) our drug problem would be decreased drastically decreased. We are a long, long time away from our government(not to mention citizens) to consider an idea as radical as legalization so lets start with something easier and “acceptable”. On the other hand I thank god and our government every day for the small steps they have taken to legalize medical marijuana. Without it my grandmother who is 75 lbs dripping wet would be down to 50 lbs or dead without the THC pills she has been prescribed so that she has the appetite to stomach a half a piece of bread, one bananna and maybe her favorite, a mint candy every day. Before the THC she was slowly starving to death, we tried everything but she was withering away as the cancer took its toll on her. She will not be with us forever but I am very grateful she will not spend her final days letting her body eat itself. Not everyone that uses supports the nefarious actions of others and whether you believe it or not there are farmers out there providing legal pot for the truly needy. My grandmother does not toke off of a 3 foot bong every day she takes a tiny pill to help her eat. As far as our poor children that have fallen into the depths of addiction they are still our children, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephew, and one day will be parents and grand parents. These are people we love and we need to start treating them that way, with love. Help them help themselves, more programs assisting the addicted means less crime, addiction and death. It is a disease and we can all be a part of something that can change our country for the better. If you don’t like what you see around you, go find some program to donate your time and make a difference, they need all the help they can get.

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” -Ghandi

    • Mr. Kite,

      You make some great points, but you may not know that if you’re directing them towards me, you are kind of preaching to the choir. I agree with almost everything you say here. I run a street ministry to the homeless that has been up for about 10 years now. I also manage a food pantry/clothing ministry that is getting ready to open its third location next month. I participate in several feeding missions and homeless shelters around the city. I manage and participate in a prison ministry in the State prison system. And I both participate in and oversee a 12-step recovery program. So, I’m not sure what you mean when you say “donate your time”.

      That being said, I know very well that for all intents and purposes, it is illegal to be poor in our city. The laws are stacked against people whose financial means are limited, and they are stacked against people who have been incarcerated largely because these people have been gerrymandered away from any political clout. That’s real.

      My rant, however, was more about contributing to things that make things worse and not better, and hiding irresponsibility behind a cloak of morality by saying that drugs should be legalized. I just got fed up with one too many “rich” kid telling me that smoking weed is a victimless crime. Because of where I donate my time, I see where the money those rich kids spend goes.

      I am actually a proponent of legalization, but I don’t see legalization happening any time soon. So, in the meantime, refraining from participating in the drug trade saves lives. When real legalization is on the legislative table, then this becomes a whole different conversation.

      Thanks for your thoughtful and passionate response!


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