People who choose to use drugs shouldn't be prosecuted because it mucks up the legal system. Legalizing drugs creates an entirely new recreational drug industry that can be taxed and regulated. More money can be used to prosecute real criminals such as murderers, rapist and child molesters. If you want to use, choose to do so at home so as to not bother anyone else.
Drugs should be legally available to those who choose to use them. I believe this because look at what is happening with marijuana and the legalization of that drug. People will continue to use these substances whether they are legal or not. By legalizing them, there seems to be no negative consequences.
I can choose not to use drugs but, I think I should be able to choose to use. People eat whatever they want without regard to unhealthy or toxic consequences. They eat for enjoyment. They also overeat, binge and become food addicts. Food is a much worse problem but there are no laws controlling that.
Alcohol and tobacco legal but marijuana not. Alcohol is more dangerous per capita than ecstasy. In fact horseback riding is more dangerous per capita than ecstasy. The "war on drugs" focus leads to an overvaluing in trying to stop drug-related risk-taking compared to other recreational activities.
Since the government clearly will ban drugs based on emotions and sensationalism instead of a rational cost-benefit analysis and since this way of decision-making creates a very real and persistent danger of special interests manipulating the process we should just not trust the government with this task. The government can not be trusted to decide which drugs are legal and which are not. It has failed.
Maybe if someone can come up with a method of administration that will be shielded from sensationalism and emotion, that will conduct rational cost-benefit analysis and that will compare not just drugs but all potentially dangerous recreational activities then I'd consider supporting banning some drugs. But locking people up as a result of an emotions-based policy just sickens me.
Drugs should be legally available to those who choose to use them. When people use drugs, they are often used for one's own pleasure, not to cause harm or malice in their communities. Too many law enforcement personnel are being used to arrest people who are just using drugs for their own fun, and these cops could be put to better use if the drugs were made legally available.
Drugs that are not legal to use can potentially be very dangerous. This is why they are made illegal, because if they get into the wrong hands then they can be very harmful. The effects can be deadly in many cases. This is why we have to keep them illegal.
Drugs are illegal because they are dangerous and they cause people to act in irrational ways. Drug overdoses are also deadly. The government should continue to legally ban drugs in order to protect the safety of our communities. There are lots of recreational substances like alcohol and tobacco that should be enough for people.