My friends, I am an anthropologist. I am not a police officer that has joined Coachella to slowly gain your trust and then report all of you. I'm sure none of you think that anyway, but I'm supposed to say that. I am writing a small research paper on the drug violence in Mexico, I'm sure many of you have heard of it.
The point of my research paper is to recommend action that will help Mexico, as well as the United States. In my case, I am looking at how the legalization of certain drugs in the United States might help the situation at hand. If any of you would like to participate, feel free to fill out this interview. You could e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not feel comfortable posting it in the thread. I'd rather you not PM it to me, because that box gets filled; but you could do that if you want. Also, you can post in this thread and discuss the issue of drug violence in Mexico or the United States, and your ideas of legalizing drugs. I might quote some of you in the actual research paper. If I do, I will use fake names, and you have my word that I would never give any information about any of you to anybody. As an anthropologist, I have an ethical responsibility to put you guys on the priority list.
Here is the interview:
1. Do you believe that a lift on the prohibition of certain drugs in the United States would decrease the amount of violence in Mexico and the United States?
2. Which drugs should be legalized, if any?
3. Should there be limited and designated areas to use drugs, if you feel that they should be legalized?
4. Which drugs should not be legalized, if any?
5. Do you believe that the legalization of certain drugs in the United States would increase the risk of drug-related deaths due to health concerns like overdose?
6. If you do believe that the legalization of drugs will increase health-related risks, do you think the overall result will still prove to be beneficial because of the possible decrease in drug-related violence?
7. Can you think of other benefits, if any, aside from a possible decrease in violence, that could help the United States and Mexico?
8. Are there any illegal drugs that you consider to be more dangerous than cigarettes?
9. In your experience, is it easy to come into contact with illegal drugs?
10. Do you have any experience regarding the current Mexican Drug War? If so, could you share your stories?
Thanks! I'll show you guys the paper when it's finished.