Originally Posted by NotQuiteLost
While I suspect that your suspicions are correct, I further suspect that any time big publicity is made of a situation like this, it merely foreshadows some politician's BRILLIANT! idea to curtail freedoms in some way, all in the interests of 'protecting' people.
Call me cynical...
Hey... you got a 'Sir' out of it! I've never got a Sir.... Cur maybe..
I'm going to have a go at out-cynical..ling you.
You're a bit harsh on governments and pollies don't you think? The way they selflessly burn the midnight oil
to protect us from unimaginable horrors (and count on us not being able to imagine them.) 'tongue firmly in cheek icon'
Every year the government
(Aussie) slinks into a meeting with the other recreational drug industry...
"Same deal as last year?".. hooded industry guy.
"Pretty much. We're jacking up the price
a fair bit. The voters think we're acting in the interests of their health
... suckers. Truth is we reckon we can squeeze more than $6billion this time. And besides so many are trying to give up we HAVE to do something."
"How much do we get out of that increase?"
"Nuthin'. You're a disgusting, parasitic industry here on tollerance.."
"You haven't forgotten we're going to kill off... mmmm.... lets say.. about 18-20 thousand of your voters again this year?"
"Yeah. Bit of a shame about that. Do you really have to?"
"Fraid so... cost of doing business. Hey.. on the ones that put up a bit of a fight, well, you're still scoring general sales tax and company tax on the patches and lozenges too remember".
"You really have to kill off 20,000 don't you...?" (rhetorical question).
"You knew the deal before you sat down. You're not developing a conscience are you? You don't even know them... they're nothing. More get killed in one Chinese earthquake. Keep thinking of all that money!"
"Yeah. It's a good deal really. By the way, have you managed to come up with any ideas on how we can both cash in on the white powder/green leaf trade
"Well... you guys have to legalize it first."
"I know. We got the safe injecting rooms in... it's a start. Small steps. Keep your team working on it..."
How'm I doin'?