"Does government have the right to dictate whether or not someone can use a substance or drug? To what extent are the drug laws in the United States of America that prohibit the use of certain substances effective and moral?"
“Does government have the legal and moral right to dictate whether or not someone can use a substance or drug?”
Note: We have decided to debate the moral and legal authority to create drug laws.
“Human beings have the right to their own bodies and self, no one morally has the right to tell a human being what they can put into their bodies or not, government also does not have the legal authority to create laws that forbid the use of substances.”
Moral Authority 1:
Human beings own their bodies. Simply put no one can say what they cannot put into their bodies.
If someone consents to using a harmful drug, say methamphetamine it is their own decision to harm themselves. As long as they do not hurt anyone else they are fine.
To create drug laws is to say human beings do not own their bodies.
Drug laws treat drug users as criminals not sick people, this is immoral.
I am not condoning drug use, I am a strong opponent of drugs, but I do believe everybody has the right to put whatever they want into their own bodies, and that drug users are sick people not criminals.
Legal Authority 1:
The constitution does not give the legal authority to make substances illegal. See: the 21s amendment and: