Before I say anything on this subject, I would like to say that I have never in my life done any illegal drugs. I am not fighting for it because I want to legally be able to get high, I earnestly believe that legalizing drugs will solve a lot of problems, and here's why.
First, there is the crime involved with drugs. If drugs were legalized, then many of those crimes would decrease. Because drugs are so expensive on the black market, people have to shell out a ton of money for a small amount of substance. If drugs were legalized then the prices would decrease drastically and people wouldn't have to take such extreme measures to get their fix. Also, since it is illegal, when there is an issue involving drugs it cannot be taken up with the law. Legalizing drugs would give people that opportunity, rather than them feeling like violence is the only way they can solve it.
Second, there is the black market. If drugs are legalized, they will become easily available to everyone, eliminating the need for a black market. The cartels and gangs will fall apart. They will be forced to create companies or quit, and if they create companies they will have to answer to the law. There won't be fights over territory any more, reducing violence by a large percentage.
Third, there is the issue of prison overcrowding. If you took away all of the people put in prison for simply owning or selling drugs, that puts the prisons at just over maximum, rather than way over. Then, if you consider that on average 40% of other crimes are drug related, it reduces the criminals in prison to comfortably below the maximum. Our tax dollars can then be spent on other more important issues than on trying to keep people on drugs in prisons.
Fourth, many people are worried about overdosing and a major increase in druggies. However, it has been proved time and time again that if the people want something they will get it, regardless of the law. Legalizing it will hardly affect the number of people doing drugs. It will affect overdosing, though. The most common reason for overdose is the varying percentages of pure drugs. Many street drugs have been diluted with other substances that are similar looking. The problem is that they aren't all diluted the same. If you take heroine that is 3%, and then the next time take the same amount of heroine that is 5%, you are nearly doubling your intake. If it's legalized then people will know exactly what they're putting in their body. That will reduce the number of overdoses by a huge amount.
I could go on, but I feel that those cover it pretty well. It's simple really. We legalize drugs and enforce different laws pertaining to them to ensure people are consuming them safely. It won't solve everything, but it will definitely help many of the issues surrounding drugs.
Personally, it makes me offended and angry that any government would tell me what I can and can't use. Whether for pain relief or recreation. Doesn't matter. The problem here, is people who think they have the right to tell others what they can or cannot do with their own bodies. Setting aside all other arguments, to be quite frank I think they should all go screw themselves. Sure, if someone commits a crime that causes harm go after them. However stop projecting your fear and control towards me. Thank you very much. This is a polite request on behalf of all people who love freedom and respect the dignity of their fellow human beings.
I think drugs should be legalized because some people get really stressed and some drugs relieve that stress. Drugs also relieve pain, so some drugs if they are legalized could be used for medical purposes. So in my opinion drugs should be legalized as long as they are in an area that is suitable, and where they cannot harm others. People who disagree, just take a look at the people who smoke tobacco. Tobacco is if not a more harmful drug than a drug such as marijuana. Tobacco can't even be used for medical uses. Therefore drugs should be legalized. Aged 14.
Who are you to tell me what I can and can't to to my body in the privacy of my own home as long as doing so won't harm others? It's as simple as that. Sure, drugs can be abused but that can be said about anything. Coca Cola can be abused but you don't see the government closing down all establishments that sell it. Consenting adults should be able to do whatever the hell they want to their own bodies and who are you to say that they can't?
America has been fighting a war on drugs for decades and it's not working. The number of consumers has been increasing ever since. Declaring drugs illegal only makes them look cooler to a lot of stupid people. Take a look at the dry law. It was when alcohol was prohibited that it's consumerism was higher. People who really want to take drugs will do it whether it's legal or not. They don't care.
I think that this is very similar to education. If your parents are really strict and don't let you do anything, you'll eventually end up doing it anyway. Every teenager likes to drink at parties and take a smoke every now and then. But you'll be all by yourself and the chances of losing control and screwing up are much higher. O the other hand if your parents say it's okay to do it as long as you let them no what you're doing and let them help you understand the risks, they can control you. So if they see you're doing in too much they'll stop you. It's much more efficient under this approach.
Now here's another point of view. Imagine you're totally broke and you have your kids at home, starving. You've got no job and nobody's hiring. The prices of the most simple things are getting higher and higher and you have no way out. Except selling drugs. It's easy and provides you the money you need to put food on the table and pay the rent. But since it's illegal you'll probably be arrested sooner or later and the laws on drugs are tough. Specially if you're black. So what are your options? Even if you don't have kids to look after. Think of your options. Starve, be homeless or deal drugs and maybe get locked up. Either way your life's ruined. And the sad thing is is this happens all the time in america and there's no way out this life. Nothing you can do. So maybe if drugs were legalized, these people would have a way out without risking jail for years
Lets look at what facts are available to us. Drug use is incredibly wide spread, it is a major component of the global economy and is built into our very nature, cats can be seen chewing catnip, jaguars eating the psychadelic roots of plants. The war on drugs is not a war on drugs, but on human nature. If you are reading this, have you ever taken a drug? You may say no, but what about your morning coffee, nicotine, alcohol, codine containing painkillers, why do we use drugs? Because they serve a purpose, some users use for their pain releaving qualities (very few people will argue that painkillers should be illegal, even paracetamol, which is the leading cause of poisoning in the western world) others use drugs to feel better, or feel pleasure, but over all drugs are used to increase the positives, no drug user wants to become ill, but unfortunately over use of many drugs leads to health and social problems, alcohol causes death to a quarter of its users, tobacco kills half of its users, over the counter medications such as ibuprophen and paracetamol can and do cause liver damage, caffiene can cause anxiety, headaches, withdrawal symptoms and even death, despite this, these drugs are regulated, and taxed, which allows the profit made from drug use to go towards better causes, such as rehab and scientific research, health care and policing. Drug use will never go away. An argument commonly used by prohibition supporters is "what about crack users, heroin users, what about their children" let me first point out that alcohol and tobacco ruin more childrens lives that crack cocaine and heroin combined. Legalising these hard drugs will not increase their use significantly, if at all, why? Well would you take heroin if it where legalised tomorrow? No. Do you truly believe that the law is preventing would be heroin and crack users from choosing to use the drugs? No. Drug users use drugs regardless of laws. And people also abstain from drugs regardless of legality, I very rarely use alcohol, but on the occasion that I do you could rightly call me a recreational drug user. Do I believe that total legalisation is the key? Maybe it is.
Legalizing all drugs removes the moral-ism from drugs. During alcohol prohibition the United States was the largest importer of cocktail shakers, with a speak easy on every corner. Now that alcohol is legalized and regulated as a controlled substance tax revenue funds many programs, alcohol products are safe because they are produced under regulations/standards. Highly specialized products have been developed and are sought after by discerning connoisseurs (as with tobacco). Jobs are an economic benefit of legalization. Those jobs will not be a risk to the lives of those employed or their neighbourhoods the way drug distribution destroys neighbourhoods today. Reduced policing saves communities money better spent on building community programs rather than policing moralistic laws. How can tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs be legal and the so-called 'illegal drugs' not? For every drug dealer or drug king pin captured and put in jail a number of others take that spot. And the illegal trade simply continues to get more sophisticated and guns get bigger. The illegal trade is ruining entire communities.Regulate, legalize and prosper.
I think it is our choice to determine what we put in our body's, not the government. As long as we do it without affecting others, and we don't drive under the influence of any drugs, then it should be legal to do any drugs that we want, because it's our bodies.
In my opinion, if there was a drug to be legalized it should be Marijuana. To all of you anti-marijuana, stuck up people, come on. Have you ever known someone to smoke marijuana and turn into an abusive person? Absolutely not. Have you ever known someone to drink alcohol and be abusive? Absolutely. If you think that Marijuana is harmful, you are ignorant. Smoking tobacco does more harm to a person, than Marijuana ever could. Yet, it is perfectly legal. The cigarette smoker knows it will eventually kill them. But, Marijuana on the other hand? It can be used for medicinal purposes. Where's the harm in that? i think i've made my point.
People who do heroine and LSD do not harm any one but themselves. There should still be laws against getting high and driving but for the most part, wether its legal or not people will all ways get the drugs. We might as well make sure people are getting what they paid for. Also it would be more helpful to send a meth addict to rehab instead of just putting them in prison and ruining their life in jail.
this video showed how fast food and even school cafeteria food is worse for you then most illegal drugs. most legal drugs are worse for you then the illegal ones, there is still plenty of propaganda and the people in charge of our country are running it to the ground and trying to make as much money off us as possible untill people start to realize whats going on here... WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! and the addicts are already addicted but there are also easier ways to get off drugs then most people know and why should an addict be put in jail where they can still get the drugs they were addicted to and when they get out they're still addicted and useually get locked up again, people also profit off how many people are put in jail. the laws should never be based on personal beliefs. wer'e allowed to smoke tobacco which paralyzes our lungs but arrested for smoking marijuana which after smoking works to rebuild ur lungs to 100% and they also say how tobacco tar will always stay in your lungs but smoking weed actually gets rid of it. Point is our country is based on lies
People get so offended and shocked at the idea of legalizing LSD, PCP, Cocaine, Meth and similar drugs, but the bottom line is that not only do people still use those drugs even though they are illegal, but the very existence of the mafia and gangs is due to the prohibition of drugs and alcohol.
Victimless crimes, including those involving drugs, have no place in contemporary society.
The government is spending too much money on the 'war on drugs' whichis going no where...
People should be educated more about drugs at school and else where so people know what it is and if it is in use of the individual, that they can use it safely.
Why have people not learned their lesson from prohibition? Banning something doesn't make it go away, it just makes it go underground, and then the more dangerous individuals begin to make a market off of it. The law doesn't prevent people from doing drugs, it just punishes the ones who do. It's a waste of money. Further more, the government has no moral justification for arresting someone who is only doing harm to themselves. If a drug addict gets high and hurts someone else as a result, punish them for that act. Otherwise, doing drugs is just like drinking; it affects you, and only you. Therefore it is unjust to punish someone for that.
People have the right to put whatever they want into their bodies. If they die from it, well then that's that. Now i know that sounds awful, but if someone wants to do meth then they are going to do meth. Just because something is illegal doesn't mean that people won't do it. the best thing we can do is educate people (mostly children) that drugs are bad (except one's that doctors use like, morphine, marijuana, and pain pills [if you know what i'm saying]) some drugs have very good medical benefits, and some can get you addicted and kill you. And if we did there would be absolutely no black drug market.
People are going to do what they are going to do. If it's completely illegal you can't control any of it. If it's legal within conditions then you can hold people interested in that activity within those conditions.
For the worst sorts of drugs people should be allowed to do them, but only within specially licensed businesses run by professionals who have been trained in dealing with people on the drug, and in preventing and if necessary providing an antidote for overdose.
in my opinion, most of the people take drugs because it is against the law. they like to go against the law and prove that they are greater than the law. so, if the drugs are legalized then there is the possibility of less number of people taking the drugs.drugs are also sometimes useful to cure the diseases after all the medicine that we take is also a type of drugs. so legalizing the drugs might not cause much harm.
I know drugs are bad and all but making them illegal is not working. As we see in many times in our society, this so called "war on drugs" is by far not working. And some people say legalizing pot will help but pot is actually a gateway drug. And as of right now it seems to be the drug of choice. But the drug of choice is always changing. For all we know one day doing heroin might be a social norm. So by legalizing drugs we might actually change some things. Think about it. If people do drugs or want to do drugs do you think making them illegal is going to do anything. Prohibition does not work. The famous example of alcohol prohibition is a great example. It caused more crime, more corruption with the police, and spent many tax dollars on fighting this hopeless "war." The same thing is happening with all illegal drugs in America today. Overall the only true way to stop harmful drug use in America is to make it a social norm not to use them. I would be glad to debate more about the topic.
We'd have more problems with crime? Really? A lot of the crime we have now is spawned because drugs are illegal. Cartels, gangs, drug dealers selling drugs, drug addicts having to steal things and do other illegal activities just to make money because the price of these drugs is so inflated because they're illegal. If heroin was legalized tomorrow, how many of you would actually go out and try it? This will make addicts less afraid of retribution just for trying to get help with their problem. Why do people go to jail for being addicted to a substance? Shouldn't we get them treatment instead of sending them to prison and ruining their lives?
Yes, I believe that drugs should be legalized. People who want drugs are going to get them any ways if they are illegal or not, so we should just legalize it so people will stop smuggling drugs. People kill over drugs, and all sorts of nasty things, so what harm can be done if we legalize it?
Drugs are not completely bad in anyway whatsoever, many drugs have a good side, especially marijuana, the medical benefits of it are so good, it can cure, or rather slow down the process of many ''diseases'', drugs will be bought whether their legal or not, just control them instead man
I’ve always agreed with the argument that drugs should be legal. I don’t have a problem with drugs or drug users; I believe that it is a person’s decision as to what they do to their own bodies, as long as they are not harming others around them. I feel that as long as a drug addict can use their drug in a controlled environment, with people who are trained to deal with others under these circumstances, then it should be legal. Also, if clinics like this were built, it would create more jobs.
If a heroin addict goes to their dealer to ‘shoot up’ there is a chance that the needle they are using is dirty, they could catch infections such as HIV, and then pass these diseases on. Also, the drug dealer is benefiting from other peoples addictions. Making drugs legal would cut out this form of criminal activity. Instead of the government spending thousands of pounds fighting a war that will NOT be won, they could invest it in helping those already addicted.
Many of the arguments saying that drugs should not be legalized say that legalizing would increase drug abuse, however we have real world evidence stating the contrary. More than a decade ago, Portugal made all drugs legal and they have reported that drug abuse has declined by half. This is because legalizing drugs is not condoning them, instead drug use is treated as a medical problem and people who abuse it receive treatment. This is not only cheaper than just putting them all in prison, but it more beneficial. Legalizing drugs would also take power away from the cartels. Therefore you cannot just use the argument "drugs are bad" to support not legalizing drugs, because if you really want to reduce the abuse of drugs, we need to legalize them. You can read the results of Portugal legalizing drugs here: http://www.Forbes.Com/sites/erikkain/2011/07/05/ten-years-after-decriminalization-drug-abuse-down-by-half-in-portugal/
Having drugs illegal is not making them any harder to get , the only thing Its doing is making them more expensive. I think legalizing drugs will have less people in debt and I also agree with this article saying that it will illuminate gang violence and get good people out of jail. Doing drugs does not make someone a bad person , it only makes them different from other that don't do drugs people with different interests. I believe if a person likes to do drugs and stays in school, has a job and has a good head on their shoulders then theres nothing wrong with doing drugs. But people just need to realize that there has to be some sort of balance in everything in life. Drugs these days are easy to get. Someone is gonna know someone , that knows someone and you can get any type of drugs you want and if you want to do drugs you ARE GOING TO DO THEM, regardless if they're illegal or not.
If someone decides to take a substance to enhance their mood or bring on feelings of pleasure, and they are fully aware of the consequences of their actions, then they should be allowed to do so and the government or any other official body/person has no authority to infringe that basic of human rights.
This is a copy and paste from a reply as I wanted to Yes vote but it wouldn't allow me to without a reponse. The post I commented on had already argued the obvious points like freeing up jail space for real criminals and alleviating crime, imagine what it would do to much of the ghetto in one fell swoop. Apart from bringing us out of an archaic age and way of thinking. Anyhow here is the post.
You forgot about the revenue created by taxing them. It creates 0 problems and solves about a half a dozen. War on drugs is a very very very archaic idea. We have gotten by without drug laws for 10's of thosands of years, but the last 100 we have back pedaled. They like to "classify" drugs as if alchohol or pot is less "bad" than snorting a line or taking a hit of acid. All you really need to say is "prohibition" lol. Unfortnately, logic and common sense point to legalization in a major way, but until someone comes along who isn't afraid of the older generations and the bible thumpers and the far left.... It wont happen. Ironically the "less" bad drug will be legal within 10 years tops. (pot) BUT pot has medical use right? Oh wait, they've been using opiates medically for millennia. Sigh I digress.
The other points I would have made, you covered. Such as prison crowding, crime, etc. One you didn't add is regulation. Many people die due to bad drugs and/or varying potency/quality drugs. Made legal they would be monitored and adhere to guidelines set by the body that taxes them for revenue. Kiss cartels goodbye. KIss associated crime goodbye. Then we can save the barbaric prison sentences for people who deserve them. Gang rape a woman, 6 years in prison. Buy enough heroin to last you the week to continue functioning as a dependant opiate addict and get caught, 20 years. WTF is wrong with that picture?!?!
The people who say no are essentially arguing "A government may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." This idea fails in principle, as seen in the movie I-robot; preventing humans from harming themselves altogether means restricting freedom; though freedom is guaranteed in our constitution.
The government should have limited authority over what its citizens can and cannot put into their bodies. If all drugs were legalized and regulated, substance abusers would be safer and would have a better chance at rehabilitation. The fear of punishment would be gone and people who are addicted would not be afraid to ask for help. The government should treat addiction as an illness, not a crime.
Recent research shows that nearly half of all 15-16 year olds have used an illegal drug. Up to one and a half million people use ecstasy every weekend. Amongst young people, illegal drug use is seen as normal. Intensifying the 'war on drugs' is not reducing demand. In Holland, where cannabis laws are far less harsh, drug usage is amongst the lowest in Europe. Legalisation accepts that drug use is normal and that it is a social issue, not a criminal justice one. How we deal with it is up to all of us to decide. In 1970 there were 9000 convictions or cautions for drug offences and 15% of young people had used an illegal drug. In 1995 the figures were 94 000 and 45%. Prohibition doesn't work.
- LEGALIZING DRUGS WOULD MAKE CARTELS OBSOLETE
Various areas of the world are run or predominantly influenced by cartels, Mexico being a prime example of such a reality. Policemen's lives are at stake, civilians are at stake, and what better measure is there to battle cartels than to have the government take over their business? By legalizing all drugs, cartels would become nearly obsolete, making those same parts of the globe safer and better for everyone.
- LEGALIZING DRUGS MEANS QUALITY DRUGS FOR EVERYONE
If the government was to legalize all drugs, then they would have to be the only drug synthesizers there was, to ensure quality and control. By using their own labs, the government would ensure quality drugs for everyone, no more flour or plaster instead of cocaine, or grass or moss instead of weed. These are the substances that, in tiny amounts, are actually harmful to your body. Government controlled drugs mean safe drugs for everyone.
- LEGALIZING DRUGS PROTECTS PEOPLE
Should the government synthesize drugs (see point above), then drugs would be sold on pharmacies. That means a tight control over who can buy those drugs, whether they are of age or not, and, more importantly, whether they have some physical or mental disorder that forbids them to consume drugs. By filtering these people out of the drug system, we can ensure a safer environment for everyone, specially for these people that need special measures. Not only that, but a tighter control over drugs means the state can easily know who does drug or not, info that they can use to better protect everyone.
- LEGALIZING DRUGS WOULD NET THE STATE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS
By selling drugs through pharmacies (see both points above), the state would be able to tax people, as they do with everything else. This means more income for the state, and more money for the country, for a better quality product you would buy anyway. Not only would the state stop spending billions battling drug cartels (see the first point), they would actually earn some of that money back by selling drugs themselves.
Physically addictive drugs like heroin/crack/meth etc should remain illegal but things like MDMA, LSD, cannabis etc should be legalised. Legalisation would cut out the criminals and dealers as pharmaceutical companies would take their place. These companies would then be regulated and have trading standards and include things like packaging with warning labels.
No matter what you do people will use substances, making them illegal creates criminals, guns, violence, etc. If legal, just tax it and regulate it, offer social programs for addiction, should work much better than spending billions on prisons and drug war.
Its the right wing elitists that want drugs to be illegal, because it keeps crime going, and keeps untaxed profits flowing.
Keeping drugs illegal, is the worst thing you could ever do, look at the alcohol prohibition and how well that went over. Make the drugs legal, and regulate them. PERIOD.
If drugs are going to be legal, it is easier for people who really are those addicted to it and it will no longer be a crime... Another thing is that it is useful in the field of medicine, despite the fact that there must be dosage to take in, it is on the person's if he's going to be responsible
My argument is simple: I don't think the government should regulate what you do with your own body. I can understand enforcing DUIs and DWIs and things of that nature, where your substance abuse can endanger others. But personal, private use should not be anyone else's business. Our government is okay with a ton of different drugs and substances, like caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and preservatives put into our foods... Where's the logic?
If someone has a medical need(s) and an illegal drug or drug they don't have access to helps, they should be able to get that "drug" FOR THEIR MEDICAL NEED(S). The person should go through an evaluation of their medical need(s), if any medical need(s) show up for that specific drug they should be able to get it.
All drugs should be legal because the illegality of drugs is what causes most of the harms associated with drugs. Why would crime increase, as many of the "no" voters assert, if drugs were legal? If drugs were legal, it would no longer be a crime to buy or sell drugs, so the market would not be run by dangerous criminals who charge 100 times what the drug should be sold for. In addition, to think that all of a sudden we will have millions of new addicts if drugs were legal is preposterous.
Too many people try and force their opinions on everyone else. We should all be free to do what we want! We can smoke cigarettes and destroy our bodies and no one cares. But when someone wants to smoke some weed everyone is quick to condemn that person and put them in rehab because its for the good of our society.
The place of the government is to protect citizens from each other not themselves. If someone wants to get involved with drugs and risk ruining themselves and their health, and finances, then that is their right. I mean, is it my right or yours to tell someone what to put in their body? Additionally, drugs should be taxed, excessively... Just like nicotine and alcohol.
Drug gangs would go bust.
Citizens wouldn't end up paying money for people with a few grams of cannabis to be shoved in jail.
There are medicinal benefits of some drugs eg cannabis. (insomnia, stress, can help with cancer, MS...)
Alcohol is higher up on the scale of damage than most drugs, and that is legal. Alcohol is the thing that fills up A&E on a Friday/Saturday night, not ecstasy or magic mushrooms.
Tobacco is arguably more addictive. It definitely seems to be.
People would not die from heroin overdoses as they would know what they were getting. They would not be mislead on the content and accidentally use too much. It happens. Even if they're careful because they don't REALLY know what's in there. And it needn't happen.
You can say that ideally no one should be using drugs - and perhaps - but people will do it anyway, legal or not, and we can at least make it safer and stop spending money to put dealers in jail.
The drug war has destroyed millions of lives and lost this country trillions in revenue and productivity.
This debate is no longer IF drugs should be legal, but HOW to make them legal.
Unfortunately for every intelligent person in this country there are around 5 who cant think for themselves, but slowly that is changing for the better as seen in recent polls/.Gov reports on related issues.
Let the dumb people die and the smart survive. If the smart people survive eventually our society will be better in the future. If people could also manage their drugs they could really benefit from them. They could used as a stress reliever. Also, the government can make a lot of money off of selling drugs and use that money to help pay off their debt.
Adults in their own homes should be able to use substances that will potentially harm themselves and only themselves. As a democratic society we should have the right to do so as safely as possible. In addition the government can tax the so instead of the profit going to criminals it can go to an awareness program, take Portugal as an example. Also legalization will reduce the associated crime.
If a man chooses to take his life, he will grab a gun and blow his brains out. If a man chooses to get risky and gamble, he will head to Vegas and spend all his money at the roulette table without a break. What is the difference if someone will do heroin? Or methamphetamine? NONE! If someone decides they want to give hard drugs a whirl and risk their life, THAT IS THEIR CHOICE NOT THE GOVERNMENT'S! Though I can obviously agree hard drugs such as heroin meth crack cocaine PCP etc. have little to no health benefits. Legalizing these drugs will slaughter (no pun intended) crime-rates and save the government and tax payers BILLIONS of dollars. Now for (non) hard drugs such as hallucinogens and pot, really....... Does this need to be explained. There are a ridiculous amount of health benefits with pot and believe it or not hallucinogens. If this stuff is regulated, taxed, and grown by farmers. Billions of dollars into the massive hungry government pocket and millions of farming, distribution, marketing, I could on forever with the amount of jobs this could create. It is time us Americans to gain our freedom. Cut crime, save money, LEGALIZE!
Prohibition leads to violence. By an inevitable black market, you generate violence because conflicts between the parties involved in drug trafficking cannot be solved by legal means in the judicial system. They are forced into a twilight world in which they must take each other instead of hiring lawyers and bring the case to court.
If we legalize drugs, the United States could save $85 billion to $90 billion per year. About half is devoted to current drug policy and a half is lost in taxes that the state would have received on legal drugs. Also, we should have a choice of what we put in our bodies, like someone else stated. It's our choice, not the governments'.
A lot of unnecessary harm is caused by prohibition. Let an addict get his fix and he'll be a better man than most. Say what you want about whether or not it's a good idea to live you life like that, but no good comes from calling drug users criminals; at the very least we should focus on treating addiction as an issue of therapy and rehabilitation and not punishment and incarceration.
If you're faced with overwhelming stress (and who isn't?), and you know somebody with something to make that stress instantly evaporate, you'll be tempted. It's a very human reaction. It may be a flawed and perhaps self-destructive response, but regardless its correction should be up to doctors and not cops and judges.
They decriminalized all drugs and legalized a whole bunch of them(not all, but most).
What happened? The addiction rate was cut in half and so did the crime rate. The transfer of any STD through needle went down i believe it was 75%.
You can't just ignore these facts!
People are so scared and ignorant about ALL drugs. They're are taught that Heroin can kill you, and any 'junkie' is evil and they lie and they will only hurt you.
False. Very. The medical benefits to Heroin are crazy. Look them up.
Also, I know junkies who are on the streets everyday. I trust their opinions because they have actually been there.
They all say that legalizing would not eliminate all the dealers(an age limit would be set), but the crime would still go down dramatically.
One credited doctor from Europe even made a statement. It's nearly impossible to overdose on Heroin. What people die from is the other street substances mixed in. If we regulated, it would be pure and overdose would barely ever be heard of.
Legalize all drugs. Make a difference.
Legal drugs have proven time and time again to be more dangerous than drugs that haven't be legalized or be excepted by Alcohol companies. The only reason marijuana, cocaine, heroine, etc. Are illegal is because the government wants its people to continue buying prescription drugs that don't solve the issue of stress, depression, anxiety ONLY to tell you that the drug you spent so much money on didn't work and you can file a lawsuit for issues that may impair your health. We are also dealing with a drug war that has created illegal cartels which seemed to have resulted to deaths, wrongful arrests, and separation of families.
As adults we are responsible for our own lives and for those who want to choose to spend their days doing drugs, let them. Making all drugs legal would solve a lot of problems, some of the main ones being violence, crime, and death from over dousing on bad drugs. The drugs can be regulated for safety and only permitted in ones home for others safety. We can still have strong laws for the use of it, like alcohol, and fine or imprison anyone that breaks those laws. Alcohol and tobacco cause a huge amount of deaths every year and it is legal! You people need to wake up and stop having that "Oh it's illegal so it's bad!" kind of attitude! Do some research and come back to reality and understand that tobacco and alcohol are legal and are much worse for you than many other drugs that are illegal! In the end, like I said at the beginning, we as adults are responsible for our life and how we live it, end of story!
The prohibition of drugs is the worst solution for preventing abuse. Firstly, it brings about a black market that is corrupt and costs human lives. Secondly, it constrains people who wouldn't abuse drugs. Thirdly, prohibiting drugs is expensive. If it legalized drugs, the United States could save $85 billion to $90 billion per year. Roughly half that is spent on the current drugs policy and half that is lost in taxes that the state could have levied on legal drugs.
I believe that smoking in a public place is bad and doing drugs underage is bad, but there is a drinking age - so can't there be a drug age? Drugs are a dangerous thing and there should therefore be a purchasing cap per customer. Also, they should not be allowed to be used while someone is driving, or to be used a certain amount of time before driving, but they should be made legal for adults 21 and up just like drinking.
In America anyone can get what ever drug they sell. Whether it's the softer drugs like weed, shrooms, and xtc or if it's hard ones like crystal meth, heroin, LSD and pills, they are always available. I say we legalize weed, shrooms and acid. I say this because I am a smoker and I can't wait till I am able to be having my fun legally and not have to worry about other people finding out about what I put into my body. I know everyone is saying it, but it's true. Who are you to tell me what can and can't go into my body. If I am getting high and doing something horrible like robbing a bank then you have a problem other then that what is the harm. We want to sit and be a giggling mess on our drugs. So why don't you let us do that? I know exactly why. It's because you're just as fooled by the government, almost as bad as the propaganda posters they put up in the 1900's. "It's the devil's harvest" get real people by the judging of hatred in this country I thing we all need to get high at least once.
I understand that drugs can be harmful however if legalized the amount of drug use would decrease. Drug users are mainly people that want attention or are trying to be bad so they do drugs to prove how bad or cool they can be. By legalizing drugs they wouldnt have to prove anything because it would be avaliable for anyone to try. An just like fads the drug fad will fade away.
By: Adianna Paul
Out of every argument people will use "it would save and make tax dollars" " Get innocent people out of prison" I say the only thing that makes sense to me is that we live in country were dream about having freedoms. So, I ask you, What is more free than choosing how you have fun? If you break a law such as driving high, than yes, you should be persecuted. If you give Drugs to underage kids or you assault some one while on drugs, then you should be persecuted for those crimes.
Prohibition FUNDS drug cartels and gangs, by banning a product that is highly desirable, a black market is automatically created. Black markets are UNREGULATED, UNTAXED, UNINFORMED and UNSAFE.
Legalisation would immediately take drug revenues away from criminal gangs and allow the government to fund education and medical programs to help drug users be INFORMED about the real effects of drugs (instead of just "it fries your brains").
To actually have public information available that explains the dangers, and explains the SAFE way to take drugs would be a HUGE benefit to society. The risk involved with the criminal business model "I'll loan you a gram, and you pay me back" will disappear.
Medical help can be sought without the fear of not being covered by medical insurance, and without the fear of being criticised or interviewed by police.
Finally, the government will be able to increase their tax revenue in a massive way, which will help fund the already existing cost of curtailing drug use and people that become addicted.
Best way is education + freedom. Not lack of information + prohibition.
Really?? Do you know what's stopping thousands of people from doing drugs?? Hmm, I dunno, perhaps the LAW???
I can see how someone might consider legalizing pot. But, legalizing all drugs is just a crazy idea. If America did this, then we would have even more problems with crime. In addition to this, more people would end up on welfare, because of their drug problems. Drug use should never be condoned by the government or considered socially acceptable.
The resolution is "Should all drugs be legalized?" No, ALL drugs should not be legalized. This would increase dangers on the street, secondhand smoke, immorality, the population of law-enforcement officials, and number of deaths. If I had to pick a drug to legalize, it would be marijuana; that would at least create economic growth and could help to solve other issues like murder and rape. But I have big problems with cocaine, crack, heroin, even hemp.
Why should we contaminate the air others are breathing just so we can get high? It's stupid to risk the lives of other people to come by smoking drugs for our own pleasure. Shortening the lives of everyone so only some can have fun. It's just not okay.
We still have many problems with smoking and alcohol. If drugs like Heroin and Cannabis are legalized it still won't suddenly make the countries drug problems just disappear.People say that legalising drugs will take the thrill out of them, so no-one will take them anymore. This just isn't true. When abortions became legal, people didn't suddenly stop having abortions. People say that we should have a right to do whatever we want with our bodies. We don't. You can't walk down the street naked, so why should you be allowed to do harmful things to it, like putting poisonous chemicals into it?? All it does it hurt you. It's just generally not a good idea. SO DON'T LEGALIZE THEM!!
Should all drugs be legalized? Is that really what people are going for? To those of you that said yes, have you ever seen someone with a drug addiction? They aren't themselves! Some drugs are illegal for the sole fact that it can really turn one's life up-side down. They're illegal to prevent that from happening. It's best to stop harmful drug uses/addiction right off the bat. If America were to legalize every single drug, what would be left of this nation? Some people can take their drugs in moderation, but it is never a promise. So it is best to prevent the issue before it even happens.
What adults do to themselves is hardly any of my business, but thinking that drug use only effects the user is ignorant and absurd. You have no idea how many children are harmed and neglected due to the irresponsibility of parents with addiction. Legalization of marijuana is acceptable. No one will ever convince me that the legalization of meth is a good idea. Kids lives are ruined every single day due to this stuff.
There are so many things out there to argue about. Why does this have to be one? It should be obvious that drugs kill people. Yes, I know so do guns... So do knives... And the list goes on. The difference is if you're being held at gun point, you have no control over the situation. If you are holding a needle to your arm, you do have control. I had a sister addicted. She lost everything because of her habit. Her daughter, her job, her home... And after having to give up her independence and move in with our mom, she still had to have it. There was no end to her nightmare. Legalizing drugs would only make it easier for the addicted to get their hands on their favorite choice of drug. And as they started getting their needs met, it wouldn't be enough anymore. They would need more.. And more... Until they die!! Yes, I know you can go outside and get hit by a bus. But I can't control the bus or how fast it will kill me. I can only control myself and using drugs is a choice you make. And ultimately it is a choice that will ruin lives and end them. Just like it did for my sister.
Think about children. Many children who have drug users as parents have to go through extensive abuse! How would you like it if your parents were always on cocaine or marijuana, and were always abusing and mistreating you? Nobody likes or deserves that! So WHY on earth do we want to LEGALISE DRUGS? We can help those who cannot defend themselves from drug using parents by keeping drugs illegal!
Take a moment to think about it. Is this the kind of world we want our children growing up in? A world full of drug addicts? I don’t think so, and I definitely do not want any child of mine to have to live in a society with drugs legalised.
Drugs ruin your life and mess up your head! There are kids in high schools and colleges, and sometimes even middle schools on drugs! These children are th troublemakers, have bad grades, get into fights, don’t do homework, and other various things that are not good. They don’t pay attnetion in class. By legalising drugs, you are encouraging more people to try it because many will say that there must be a reason why it was legalised, and get it in their heads that drugs are good which is a complete lie!
This isn’t even a REAL debate! Have you ever seen someone under a drug addiction? They aren’t themselves! They are a completely different peson who will do stupid things or make frequent mistakes because they are not in their right mind
For those that think drugs relieve stress: Drugs do nothing of the sort! People have exisisted for centuries and have never needed crack or cocaine or marijuana to handle stress! Drugs ruin you, your body, your mind, everything! Remember, the user is not the only person affected by drugs; all those around him/her are affected indirectly.
People say that we should have a right to do whatever we want with our bodies. We don't. You can't walk down the street naked, so why should you be allowed to do harmful things to it, like putting poisonous chemicals into it? All it does it hurt you. It's just generally not a good idea. So don’t legalise drugs!
The reason I say this is to inform all the pot heads that want to legalize drugs, to think about the children that have to deal with the mass abuse that is put upon them for being in the way of a crack head and their next fix. It is not their fault that they have to endure the punishment of drugs you all that said yes favor. Grow up and take a stand for what you know is right. Don't let the drug enhancement overwhelm America. Be the bigger person and stand up for those children that cannot.
Thank you all for reading my statement and have a nice day. Drug FREE is the WAY to BE.
If you legalize drugs, it will mean more people will be willing to try them. In my school there are kids taking drugs and they are the worst kids in school. Bad grades, troublemakers, and don't do homework. Legalizing drugs will create a nation of dumber people. Drugs mess with your body and mind.
Making drugs legal does not mean people will stop having problems with them. It will only make the people with problems get bigger problems. Making abortion legal didn't stop people from using it. They still do. The same applies for this. Legalizing drugs will increase the problems of those with addictions, and make more addictions than there already are.
You can't imagine the feeling of needing something so uncontrollably that you would do anything for it. It retches your entire body; the only thing you can think about is having it. It blinds your thinking to the point of incoherence. Now, what you need also destroys your body mentally and physically. How could we as empathetic humans allow another to have their lives ravaged by a poison? We would want to help them, should want to help them and by legalizing all drugs we would just make it easier for the people who want to hurt themselves to do so. Besides being a toll on the person using them it also affects society; people doing drugs don't feel like doing much else so how are they going to be productive?
I could get behind this movement if drus were never illegal. Alcohol is leagal and is the most commonly abused substance in the world! I work ata detox i see these kids everyday. The place I live has the highest overdose rate in the country!!!! Please dont give a doc to an addict
For a government to legalize drugs is basically saying "Hey you know what we give up, we cannot solve this, so let just disregard the welfare of the people," If drugs become legal this country will turn into a real cesspool. You are just damaging the nations reputation. Violent crimes such as robbery, burglary, and murder will skyrocket. Compare legal cocaine to a car. Car theft rates have gone up in recent years. People see a car they want, and desire what do think they do? There are going to steal it.
It also sets a bad example for the youth of tomorrow. This is what we are telling kids that drugs are legal even though they can destroy your entire family, job, marriage and life. What happen to all those anti drug commercials, and speakers that came in to talk about the dangers of drugs. What are you going to tell your son or daughter that cocaine even thought it is bad is legal. If you make drugs legal are you going to make murder legal too just because people won't stop killing. This proposal is ridiculous. I cannot believe it up for debate. Yes go ahead and make drugs legal and watch society which is already falling apart go head first into debauchery.
I have dated people who would do meth behind my back, I could tell that they were high by how fast they were speaking, the pimples they would scratch at all over their bodies and the greatest one was the needle marks in their arms. When people do hard drugs, they do not care if they go out in public, they still want to interact with the world as much as everyone else, but with other peers who are into hard drugs a lot. By legalizing all drugs, there would be more of those groups of "meth heads" because they wouldn't be in jail! We should not let people roam around our city freely doing as they please high as all hell on serious scary drugs. We don't need to support this kind of horrible habit.
Keep in mind that even if drugs are legalized, I would guess that there would be an age requirement. This alone means there would still be an illegal clientele, therefore not curing any kind of criminal activity. I find it hard to believe that making drugs legal would change anything on a positive note, with the exception of medical purposes. The government might be able to tax the drug sales, but do you honestly think that money will not have to be allocated to the treatments of drug addicts and their ailments and addictions?
Has it really come to this? To all you people who think that legalization of drugs is a solution you are all ignorant and just want to make yourselves not in trouble for the filthy, pathetic, and not to mention ridiculous lives that you live with no respect for yourselves let alone others.
To the idiot who said that it helps with stress and will depreciate crime with drug cartels....That is possibly the worst argument I have ever heard 1. Human beings have inhabited this planet for thousands upon thousands of years and have NEVER needed crack, or coke, or anything for that manner to handle stress. In this day and age people have become weak and need to rely on prescriptions and/or illegal drugs to manage an emotion that has always been a part of the human genome and mental state and this is pathetic. The last thing we need to do is put more controlled substances in their hand to further damage their mental state and disrupt their brain even farther from being able to decipher things that are important and not important and make them more crazy and irrational aka stressed. 2. If drugs were legalized cartels would have even further access to obtaining or distributing with fewer hoops to jump through in order to move their product, thus making them have more money and more power, yet also being tied into the government even more than they already are for making more economic profit thus giving them more powers and therefore ruining more lives
Is this the world we want our future children and leaders living in? A world where they don't have to try or make effort and think they can solve all their problems by going to the corner and downing whatever substance will make them feel good that day. Not to mention the effect it will have on already developing addictions and mental stabilities resulting in more crime and the destruction of our society and world our ancestors worked so hard to create. I for one do not stand for this. Some idiot said wake up America and he is right but it's that other side that needs to wake up....Not us who are trying to keep us alive and safe. Get your lives right.
I think legalizing drugs is great for increasing freedom and choice. There are doubtless negative effects of legalizing drugs, like the increased health risk, but this is probably still better than the current situation where drugs are illegal and thus fund crime and contain unknown substances. I think most drugs should thus be legalized, but if drugs are so addictive as to substantially remove freedom and choice from individuals, as in the case of heroine, then these should perhaps remain illegal.
It's worth noting that legal drugs can still be restricted, as with alcohol, to certain age groups, and taxed to offset the potential costs to society for healthcare etc.
It is hard to say lets legalize all drugs, I mean people would be dying on the street constantly from overdoses."The use of illicit drugs is illegal because of their intoxicating effects on the brain, damaging impact on the body, adverse impact on behavior, and potential for abuse. Their use threatens the health, welfare, and safety of all people, of users and non-users alike.
Legalization would decrease price and increase availability. Availability is a leading factor associated with increased drug use. Increased use of addictive substances leads to increased addiction. As a public health measure, statistics show that prohibition was a tremendous success.
Many drug users commit murder, child and spouse abuse, rape, property damage, assault and other violent crimes under the influence of drugs. Drug users, many of whom are unable to hold jobs, commit robberies not only to obtain drugs, but also to purchase food, shelter, clothing and other goods and services. Increased violent crime and increased numbers of criminals will result in even larger prison populations.
Legalizing drugs will not eliminate illegal trafficking of drugs, nor the violence associated with the illegal drug trade. A black market would still exist unless all psychoactive and addictive drugs in all strengths were made available to all ages in unlimited quantity.
Drug laws deter people from using drugs. Surveys indicate that the fear of getting in trouble with the law constitutes a major reason not to use drugs. Fear of the American legal system is a major concern of foreign drug lords. Drug laws have turned drug users to a drug-free lifestyle through mandatory treatment. 40% - 50% are in treatment as a result of the criminal justice system.
A study of international drug policy and its effects on countries has shown that countries with lax drug law enforcement have had an increase in drug addiction and crime. Conversely, those with strong drug policies have reduced drug use and enjoy low crime rates.
Legalizing all drugs has support, because some people feel it would take away the mystique behind drugs. It would make more drugs accessible to people, though, and it would take away any repercussions. Many drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, are expensive and extremely addicting. If people have the opportunity to legally try these drugs, then it may increase their chances of becoming addicts and ruining their lives.
I do not believe that all drugs should be legalized. Some drugs, like crystal meth, are an amalgamation of products not designed for human consumption. These drugs produce their addictive effect by actually poisoning/damaging your brain and nervous system. So, I do not believe that there is any logic in legalizing this type of drug.