Why would Brad Pitt, a father of six children, want drugs to be legalized? Well, for a couple of reasons. Firstly because, as he says, "The only way to end the war on drugs is to take the profit out of it." He's 100 percent right, and he knows what he's talking about -- that's why he produced The House We Live In, a sobering new documentary directed by Eugene Jarecki about how the so-called "war on drugs" started and why it's a complete failure. See, Brad Pitt is no stranger to the drug scene. As he explained in an introduction to The House We Live In:
My drug days are long since passed but it's certainly true that I could probably land in any city in any state and get you whatever you wanted. I could find anything you were looking for. Give me 24 hours or so.
So Brad Pitt is experienced, as Jimi Hendrix would say. He has experience with illegal drug use, and, as anyone with similar experience knows, every experience isn't always a good one.
Which leads me to the second reason why, I'm guessing, Brad Pitt wants drugs to be legalized -- and as a mom, I whole-heartedly agree -- he knows his kids will be safer in the long run. As he pointed out in a recent interview:
"And there's another issue [with legalizing drugs]. You can control quality. The quality of drugs is higher than it's ever been, but it’s still all over the map. If you decriminalize, then they could control the quality ... and I would propose you would have fewer deaths."
Again, he's 100 percent right. Those bad experiences I was talking about too often end up being deadly experiences. Buying drugs illegally means you never really know what you're getting -- what chemicals the drug has been cut with, how strong it is. If these drugs were regulated, there WOULD be fewer deaths, because the exact dosage would be clear and the odds of anyone mixing some strange cannibalism-inducing substance into the drug you bought would be as low as they are now when you buy aspirin or antacids.
Brad Pitt's no fool; he's been around the block a few times. He knows that his kids will most likely try drugs at some point, no matter what he tells them -- just like I know my kids will most likely do the same, no matter what I say. We can't, ultimately, stop our kids. But at least we can try to protect them.
What do you think about Brad Pitt's stance on legalizing drugs?
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