And yet felony drug charges can exasperate an otherwise paltry crime to the point of a life imprisonment. I know somebody like this.
I don't like Requiem because it wallows in its sorrow a bit too much. It's technically a great film, but the content is kind of bland, if you ask me.
Hard drugs are horrendous things to be roped in by- I don't think it's easy to have such a hard opinion on US policies when you've known people who fell into them. Admittedly, the US and many supposed "1st world" countries handle them with typically undue punishment, as addicts need far more help than they do incarceration, but in the game it becomes an invisible line between where addict and trafficker begin and end. There is a completely justified notion to weed out the element (heroin, meth, etc) entirely within society in my opinion, but the methods are obviously neither working nor are they particularly fair. You cannot consider it a matter of 'freedom' when dealing with substances that truly rob people of their free will.
Requiem handles this with all the respect it is due, I believe. It's at times somewhat comical to see people being put through such a gauntlet of horrors, but I don't believe the point was merely that drugs are bad- there's a lot more at play. It's really not the film's fault if most people who see it take it merely as a cautionary tale.
//lol, "weed out the element" heheheheheee
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.