Are Cocaine Users Killing the Rainforest?

The argument that cocaine users are destroying the environment is rapidly leading its proponents into a spiraling abyss of irony and incoherence:

If you're into charlie, snow, or a few lines of snort, Colombia's Vice President Francisco Santos Calderón has a message for you: your cocaine use is a "predator of the rain forest" and a serious threat to human life.

"Cocaine use requires a disposable income and during the week many users drive hybrid cars and recycle. Then, on the weekend, he or she destroys everything they believe in," Calderón said. [Huffington Post]

Wait, what!? Did he just say that cocaine users are successful and well-educated? Shall police start profiling Prius drivers for drug searches? I remember the good old days when cocaine was supposed to make you steal things and kill people.

I can’t even begin to imagine why you’d argue that cocaine is part of a healthy lifestyle if your goal is to make people stop doing it. If all this is true, then we can conclude rather easily that the problem with cocaine is how it’s produced and sold (which can be changed) rather than what happens when people use it (which cannot).

The two options are 1) illicit cocaine cultivation in the rainforest, or 2) regulated cultivation somewhere else. There is no third option in which everyone agrees not to do coke. If you wait for that to happen while the rainforests burn, you’re a bigger part of the problem than the party people who drive Priuses.
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not to mention aereal

not to mention aereal eradication efforts do a heck of a lot of harm to the environment as well

Now we know.

Columbians driving Hybrid Escalades are going to have to deal with some serious profiling.

The chicken shit Colombian govt allows this market exploitation

They really oughta know better. Lets just stop buying diamonds, cocaine, oil, alcohol because govts around the world have allowed violent gangs to control those markets in their delusional effort to wipe all those markets from the face of the earth. The govt can eliminate a market but govt can't regulate one?

How many people died from drinking brain boosting Coca Cola when it had cocaine? I've read about this and don't recollect reading about any lawsuits originating from the public over health problems associated with drinking Coca Cola with cocaine.

Blame Games

Now that coke consumers in the U.S. are being blamed by President Calderón  for rainforest destruction in Colombia, we can all forget about the clear-cutting of rainforest in Brazil and the huge swaths of native habitat that are wiped out only to be replaced with cattle grazing and the attendant commercial meat production that funnels megatons of hamburger to consumers in the United States.  Take that, meat lovers.

Blaming cocaine consumers is easier than blaming carnivores because cokeheads are in no position to defend their honor or their Priuses.  It’s possible to blame coke users for anything.  However, all you’ll get for your accusation is some snickering and muffled laughter.  Anyone can play that game.  If Sr. Calderón really needs to blame someone, he should blame John P. Walters for causing the ONDCP’s loss of its virginity.

Giordano

I've got good news for everyone!

Coca isn't the only plant containing cocaine! The world will soon learn that a very common North American weed has twice the cocaine content of coca. And the extraction is a breeze! And the product is soooooo sweet! Drug war morons---go pound sand up your asses! I may divulge more later.

better keep that shit under raps

you no if your not full of shit anonymous if they find out that shit will be illegal tomorrow but man that would be so sweet to have a secret that those bastards could not stop us from indulging in our taste and if you find opiates cousin. please do tell at least we can have a nite with that boy

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