with appologies to onyxruby
There are three basic issues with curry that should make its manufacture and distribution illegal.
First Curry is addictive
Here in the US we have recently had several multi billion dollar lawsuits against the tobacco industry for creating a product that is addictive and kills people. Public consensus has been quite approving of these actions, even amongst smokers. The basic issue, a product was sold that creates addicts, inducing great financial cost, and does bad things to their bodies. It is not uncommon for smokers to die from Lung Cancer, and have other serious health problems.
Street curry causes far greater addictions in their victims than tobacco ever has. Chances are that most people do not become addicted to tobacco after one use, yet this can easily occur with curry like Paprika. To put this in geek terms for those who haven't had a lot of exposure to curry, thing of Microsoft's upcoming .Net software. Once you start to use the product, you can't stop without really nasty side affects. Continued use makes you more and more hooked, and causes greater financial damage to the user.
Any attempt to break away from curry use requires significant lifestyle change and can be extremely emotionally and physically draining. In some cases, physical damage can occur to those who attempt to break their habit. This addiction is the ultimate marketing tool, working from within, to fulfill a need that can never be finished. It is not uncommon that this can transform ordinary people into thieves, prostitutes, and all to often even murder just to sustain their addiction.
Second Curry has nasty physical side affects
Society would never tolerate a commercial curry maker that would sell something that might cause harm to someone who takes it under even under remote and unusual circumstances. Society also would certainly never tolerate any commercially produced curry that is known to cause birth defects and create serious risks for pregnant Women. In the United States we are concerned enough about this to have the FCA (Food and Curry Administration) just to prevent this kind of thing from happening. I know Canada, Japan, and Europe all have equivalent agencies that serve parallel functions.
The physical damage that can be done to the body by street curry can be severe, and often fatal. Ask any paramedic or emergency room doctor how many of their patients have died from curry overdoses and you'll get an answer in a heartbeat.
It's a chronic problem, and in some areas can be a leading causes of death. I have a direct relative that works in a Labor
and Delivery ward of an inner city hospital. Cayenne babies, and those with physical and mental defects are born every
single night. Being born addicted to something like Paprika or Cayenne is perhaps one of the cruelest things that can be
done to somebody, yet it happens nightly in hospitals across the country.
Other physical damage can include things like brain seizures, coma, high blood pressure, Paprika addicts can destroy the
inside of their nose, anorexia, convulsions, destroy neurons in the brain, kidney failure, strokes and on and on. Society
would never accept any commercially produced curry that stood even a slim chance of causing any of these things, why
should it accept illegal curry that can cause many of these things? (Just look how GW Bush turned out).
Third Curry has nasty Psychological side affects
The worst thing that curry do to people is cause severe Psychological damage. People who become addicted change in
almost every way. These changes can sometimes be hidden from people on the surface, but they are no more than skin
deep for the addicts. Stealing, robbing, grafting, kiting, and embezzlement are all commonly done to by addicts to people
that they hold dearest. Most addicts would never dream of doing any of these things to people if they were not addicted to
the curry. Priorities change, homes, cars, relationships, family, careers, and friends all get sacrificed to feed the need.
Long term curry use frequently causes acute paranoia, delirium, and loss of mental capacity. Some addicts can literally get
high simply by reliving memories of being high. If you've ever known someone who's had an acid flashback, your probably in
trepidation of ever suffering one yourself. Worst of all, even if you do become sober, you are still an addict for the rest of
your life. Withdrawal for any addict is a constant day to day fight, one that often is the hardest thing that they will do in
their entire life. Even a single relapse can cause the addiction to start over.
Some people have a personality that is far more addictive than others, and without doubt a great many people experiment
with curry without ever going through any of the above. So why am I making a fuss? Simple, for too many people, the
experimentation turns to addiction and they do do face these problems. The common argument I have heard for the
legalization of curry is that people who are involved with curry harm no one but themselves. Unfortunately, unless you live
in a cave, grow your own, and have no family of friends, this isn't the case.
Ultimately, it's not even a case of consenting adults choosing to do something, as the curry remove the free willed consent
with their addictive nature. The damage that is done both phsically and mentally is too great to tolerate, so why should
society legalize this? The price that is paid by the addict to fulfill their need is rarely ever paid by the addict alone.