Lets face it. Drugs are not good. But its our bodies that are taking them, not the children, not the elderly. Us. Why the hell should government have any say in what we do with ourselves? Also, interesting tidbit, we are ALL illegal drug users, because or own bodies produce said illegal drugs naturally.
Whenever you do it, it feels like heaven and it's awesome and it's really, really fun to do all day long, and it's fun, fun, fun. Legalize it now and make the world a better place and make it a peaceful world with no violence where we all just get high and chill.
I'm tired of people sitting there talking about legalizing pot, but not legalizing the other drugs. Do you realize you can lace the weed? It's not as common of course, because meth is a triple-digit drug, and weed is a double-digit, but still. In any case, we legalized alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs that are derivatives of Meth and Heroin. Not to mention prescription drugs are the most abused of them all, seeing how they're the easiest to obtain. Another thing, it's extremely hard to OD on meth, unless you're just plain stupid and ignore dosages. Unlike alcohol. People constantly abuse alcohol because they think it's "Fiiiiine", but thousands of people a year die from alcohol related incidents. How many people die over drug usage?
By legalizing all drugs, we eliminate a large market that gangs covet, and eliminate this nonsensical "War on Drugs." The one we're losing. I'm just spouting from the top of my head, but didn't we spend 14billion on one year? Uhmmmmm... No thanks. I'll take the tax money we earn from the taxes on drugs, than spending this shit.
Drugs are not bad. Bad people are bad. Drugs aren't inherently evil. That's so ignorant to say.
I bet a lot of conservatives own a butt-load of guns and think guns are good. guns kill too. A lot more than drugs do.
By that logic, drugs should be legalized too, or guns should be made illegal.
Actually let me revise my suggestion. We legalize MOST drugs, but not all. I do not condone the use of the harder hallucination. PCP, some mushrooms, dimenhydrinate and other similar delirients.
Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Ecstasy, maybe crack and Heroin. Not so much crack or heroin. Even among the harder drugs heroin is dark and just pure danger.
I'm not saying we should just be like "HEY GUYS HERE'S SOME METH! BUY IT!!!" No, create laws that allow it's use but prohibit a large amount to be bought and of course have an age limit.
A world without addicts is a better world?
So would a world without a lot of things, like organized religion.
I personally do not see how governments can give themselves the right to say what you can and can't do with your life, we as humans should be able to determine our own paths in life. Also they should NOT treat drug use as a crime and they SHOULD be treating it as a health problem. I do not want to glorify hard drug use but I do think that people should have the right to do what they want in life.
There is proof of all the damage that alcohol does and yet it is still legal. The same should go for drugs. The government could make a ton of money with the taxing of the drugs and it would slow the
growth of the drug cartels. Which should be a a major concern for all as they have no rules and
don't care about the US - and will gladly destroy it to continue to get the money and power from it.
Drugs go hand in hand with guns, the money goes to support the criminals. Legalize and tax it. The war on drugs has killed so many people on both sides of the law and continent. At least the money could go tward something more useful like paying off our national debt.
Why should alcoholics not be compared to drug addicts? They're ingesting a substance to cause an altered state of consciousness, and not even a safe one because alcohol is just a poison. It attacks all the organs in your body, including your brain, whereas drugs like cannabis and MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) just cause increases or decreases in the amount of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, which is completely safe in moderation. And people cannot argue that these drugs are more dangerous when there are roughly 80,000 deaths a year in the united states alone from the LEGAL substance called alcohol, and there is ZERO recorded deaths from cannabis and very few from MDMA. It is ridiculous to think that we believe in freedom of choice yet people cannot choose their own recreational drug? And that the only one widely accepted all over the world is also one of the biggest killers, destroys relationships, ruins families and doesn't even produce that great a high, and has one of the worst hangovers. I've only lived 17 years and I already realise how backward society is when it comes to this topic. I cannot imagine the frustration that pro-legalisation people have had to endure. Vote to legalise if you don't want to be part of a backward civilisation.
As a libertarian I believe that any action that's between consenting people should be legal. Drugs are completely voluntary to take, sell, etc. I'm not saying drugs aren't bad for a persons health and mental state. I'm saying that the person using the drug had the choice to take it and they therefore are responsible for any negativity related to the use of the drug. The side affects of the drug war are enormous! First the cost is ridiculously expensive to pay for, we have to pay for all the cops, prisons and rehabilitation programs that we need to simply take care of the drug related crimes. Most of a cops time these days is taken up trying to catch these drug related "villains" and as a consequence they're not available to fight non consensual crimes like murder and theft! Secondly when we make the sale of drugs illegal the use of these drugs doesn't drop at all, some believe it even goes up for a series of reasons. The people using the drugs have to find another place to get their fix and instead of going to a pharmacy where they will get high quality chemically pure product they are forced to go to a dealer that provides a unclean and unsafe environment for them. Murder and theft rates also skyrocket because the the cartels and other drug lords who step in to produce the drugs are the scum of the earth and have to "protect their turf" by killing people who don't fulfill their promises. The legalization of drugs would save taxpayers money and non consensual crime would plummet! It's a win win situation for everyone! The drug user who can be safe and secure while using and the people who save money for a pointless, unaffective war.
Regulating the price would cut down on crime, gangs ,turf wars and prisons. Alcohol kills more people. Manmade pharmaceuticals kills more people. Regulation would bring in endless revenue. It just makes so much sense to regulate it. Overcrowding in prisons, would be at an all time low, and you wouldn't have to release hardened criminals, due to overcrowding. It would be a win win situation.
People with drug dependencies are spending mandatory prison sentences with harden criminals. People need to realize drug addiction is a health matter and not a criminal act. If drugs were legalized more than likely there would not be more crimes due to drug usage or more people using drugs. The best option is to try and prevent and inform young people rather than sending them to prison. We obviously spend too much money on this "war" and it's something that seems to never change. There will always be drugs. Making it illegal has only created a multimillion dollar Blake market for gangs and cartels. Lets get real here
Reduce crime and criminal aspects of drugs. Focus on the seller and criminals, not the users. Drug use is a health issue. Governments could earn taxes such as with gambling, alcohol and cigarettes. Some people will always take drugs whether it is illegal or not. And many of those people live happy and successful lives.
There is drasticly insufficiant cause to illeagalize that sort of substace or any substance the focus of the government should be on the behaivior of citizens in so much as those behaviors effect the happiness and success of others to demonize a subtsance of any kind is luticris and a slap in the face of the people as if to say that we are not of sifficiant inelegents to manage our own lives in that regard to spend exorbitant amounts of money on foolish persuits like eraticating elicit substance use is to put the phisical safety and persute of the happiness of the people at jepardy as this money can be used towords erraticating violence I believe the government deserves to be punnished for such a missuse of power and other such neglect of responsibilities to whom it it designed to serve
My first argument is that: it doesn't matter whether drugs are illegal or not, if someone wanted to do cocaine they can get it easily.
Also there is more incentive for young adults to get hooked on drugs, since the trade is already illegal the dealer is not exactly going to ask you for I.D. So it is probably easier to get high than to get drunk.
If you legalize drugs then you are effectively destroying the black market. Obviously there will need to be regulations and licenses in order to supply the drug and I think some drugs should be completely illegal but cocaine, MDMA and marijuana are relatively safe if they're taken responsibly in moderation.
Also there will be no more influx of "legal highs" and potentially dangerous chemicals that we don't know about flooding the gas stations and convenience stores, because the best drugs would be available.
Also if you put an age limit on buying drugs far less teenagers will get hooked and if the government regulate the supply and control of the vending of drugs by giving licenses to over-the-counter, vendors then you can tax the money spent on the drugs, undercut the street dealers who cut up their drugs with who- knows-what. And they can tax the money spent on drugs, and filter it back through the community and spend it on something useful rather than drug barons spending their profits on guns, hookers, and fancy houses.
Obviously heroine and crystal meth are extremely harmful and should not be legalized, although i support heroine to be legalized for medicinal purposes
if you legalise the drugs prices will fall dramatically which is the biggest worry, but the government could easily regulate the price of drugs by taking control of the market.
Its easy to say either yes or no on this argument, however if one looks at it scientifically, that is too look at the statistics that are present it is a clear decision that we should decriminalize drugs. My point is look at drug rates between the war on drugs, started by America, and other countries such as Canada, Australia etc... And then look at Portugal, which decriminalized drugs, Portugal saw a decrease in drug consumption in all areas from recreational to hard drugs.
Simple, look it up for yourself
Why are so many drugs illegal when the governments around the world are more than happy to collect taxes from Tabaco and Alcohol? The 'war on drugs' costs time, money and lives and it is proven that even the most 'devastating' raids on drug dealers have very little long term benefit if any at all. So why not change? This whitepaper makes a good analysis of the finance behind taxing not fighting drugs http://object.Cato.Org/sites/cato.Org/files/pubs/pdf/DrugProhibitionWP.Pdf Educate people on how to take safe regulated and taxed drugs many of which are far far less harmful than the legal smoking and drinking of Tabaco and alcohol that goes on and it almost universally accepted.
Absolutely. Think about it, why does heroin kill people? Basically it's because they overdose, because it was cut with something deadly, or because they get in a dispute with criminal organisations.
Accidental overdoses occur primarily because there is no way for users to determine the purity of the heroin they buy. They get used to a particular dosage, then they buy some heroin which happens to be several times more concentrated, they use the same amount and they die. That would not happen if heroin were subject to the same regulatory requirements as legal drugs. The presence of harmful adulterants would obviously be prevented if heroin were being manufactured and sold by legitimate pharmaceutical companies. And there would no longer need to be any involvement from organised crime.
Drug abuse is a problem, but the criminal law is clearly not an appropriate means of addressing it. If we want to discourage people from abusing drugs, we should do so through public education. If we want to help people overcome drug addiction, that's a matter for the health system.
Absolutely. Think about it, why does heroin kill people? Basically it's because they overdose, because it was cut with something deadly, or because they get in a dispute with criminal organizations.
Accidental overdoses occur primarily because there is no way for users to determine the purity of the heroin they buy. They get used to a particular dosage, then they buy some heroin which happens to be several times more concentrated, they use the same amount and they die. That would not happen if heroin were subject to the same regulatory requirements as legal drugs. The presence of harmful adulterants would obviously be prevented if heroin were being manufactured and sold by legitimate pharmaceutical companies. And there would no longer need to be any involvement from organized crime.
Drug abuse is a problem, but the criminal law is clearly not an appropriate means of addressing it. If we want to discourage people from abusing drugs, we should do so through public education. If we want to help people overcome drug addiction, that's a matter for the health system.
Just because something can kill some of the time, it doesn't mean the government should be the nanny of the people and ban it. Hamburgers and excessive salt in food also put tremendous burden on the health services of many countries, but we don't ban them. We just need more education and information and people will make their own decisions.
It's people's personal choice to do drugs, people shouldn't try to dictate to others what they should put in their body's, as long as the person is not harming or causing trouble to others they should have the right to do as they please. People shouldn't be made into criminals for using a natural plant that is safer then alcohol and many medications and also has many health benefits. Natural drugs should be the main drugs made available for people to use from recreational or medicinal purposes.
High school kids actually have an easier time obtaining illegal drugs than alcohol and tobacco. So making illegal drugs legal and regulating them like alcohol and tobacco would probably make it harder for kids to get drugs because the black market would disappear.
1 Pro...We have spent over a trillion dollars on the drug war and you can still purchase almost any illegal drug within a 5 mile radius of your house. Legalizing it would reduce violent crime related to drug sales.
It is simple: Look at the colossal failure that was prohibition. We are now living with the failure of the war on drugs. A certain segment of the population will use drugs, there is no avoiding that fact. There might be some small problems and consequences that may come with legalization, but these issues will appear miniscule when compared to the horror of the drug war that we are all living through now. How much more death, carnage, and lost tax revenue must we put up with. Drugs are sold and will continue to be sold on a massive scale. When will we wake up and get it under government control?
Legalizing drugs would de-criminalize a large number of people and enable controls in quality. It would take the power right out of the hands of the crime cartels who destroy so many innocents lives. We've lost the war on drugs. Legalizing is the only way to win the peace!
Further more I can see that governments could tax sales and raise money for education and health.
Does anyone know how much is spent on trying (and failing) to enforce the governments drug policy? It must be an enormous amount! What savings in money and manpower could be made there?
The main reason drugs won't be legalized is because our politicians are scared that they would lose votes.
We are sadly all victims of the sensationalist right wing press whose anti drug stance is well known.
Bottom line. Its mine. Not yours. MINE. Its of my choosing what I do with it, I call it my body. Its not perfect by any means but its MINE! Do you understand me? Unless you agree that my body is in some way yours or yours is mine then I fail to understand the control of any substance legal or non. No one should ever be punished because they came to possess a substance. Maybe the person who produced it should be. But not the user. Never. They are nothing more than a willing participant. With a hunger no different than that of a human craving its next premo top quality crystalline dose of pure sugar... Arguably just as harmful as any illicit substance.
The federal government should legalize drugs because they create a black market and support the main staple of organized crime. The drugs should be legalized like harmful drugs, ex: alcohol and tobacco. Once people realize how their life is in a downward spiral they might realize that they should stop using the drugs, or they might continue. Regardless of their decision it is their choice, not the government's place to say what I can and cannot do. The stigma would become the same as someone who is an alcoholic. The reduction of the number of people arrested for simple possession would be increased tenfold. Taxpayer money could be put to better use in social projects that benefit the people, not in housing nonviolent offenders in a jail or prison. I believe that a libertarian policy would be best when it comes to the federal drug policy and it should be a right of the states to decide. Even though I agree with the Democratic party on many of their stances, if Gary Johnson were to have the Republican ticket in 2016 I would vote for him because of the shift in drug policy. The War on Drugs is a money pit that will never be won and for every dealer arrested, another one will step in his place.
The governments need to realise that the 'war on drugs' is futile, drugs and trading of drugs will always continue, it is impossible to shut it down. We are all responsible free human beings and we deserve the right to do what we like with our bodies, we all have our own minds. Its a waste of the police's time and the people serving time for doing drugs or trading them. If it was legalised at least it could be under control to a degree, the substances could be regulated, it would stop young people experimenting and gambling with what they think they are taking. Thus a lot of lives both at the end of the supply chain and within it would be saved. The world would be a better place if we were given that freedom
I thought this is a free country? Freedom is doing anything you want as long as it doesnt harm others. How does drugs harm others? The government should stay out of our business and what we do to ourselves! Freedom over tyranny! I am ashamed to live in a country that is not free.
We also can use drugs for good thinks like medicine and helping others people problems, also we should thing if is really necessary to use it or we are going to be in seriously consequences like: other drugs ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, crystal meth, and heroin. The drugs must be legal.
Addicts are often the least frightening part of any drug. They are desperate to feel different whether people, self-esteem, grief or what have you causes them to reach for the drug, most criminal aspects of drugs are due to the need to enter criminal worlds to obtain it. Pot heads people running from bad experiences simply are not the monsters they are made out to be, they lose needed support and help from family and society because of the way the legal status of the drug isolates them. They are isolated enough we need to stop punishing a legally protected status. This is an illness, it has been declared such for decades....DO WE MAKE CANCER PATIENTS ILLEGAL?
I have never agreed to allow the government to stop me from using drugs, nor anyone else. The argument that people use to justify prohibition is the social contract which sounds like divine right to me and I never signed anything. That's the moral argument, no one has the right to stop me from putting anything in my mouth. The logical argument is simply that prohibition doesn't work, worsens problems we already have, and is wasteful of lives and money. The government also will never stop what comes out of my mouth.
The US has been fighting a 45 year long ineffective war on drugs. I think that legalization, education, and rehabilitation are the answer. The very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. The war on drugs fits this definition to a tee. If decriminalization doesn't work we can always re-declare war on this social problem. Let's give it a try people...
We spend untold amounts on enforcement and putting people away, we could eliminate the crime of producing, importing, selling and using and just treat or not treat the users, it's got to cost less that what we are spending now. I see it like removing speed limits we let the criminals eliminate themselves.
Free country. Free to do with your body whatever suits YOU. If I overdose, it won't be because I got an unregulated batch of bad cocaine or heroin. If the materials are manufactured, distributed, taxed and regulated by the federal government there would be controlled usage just as alcohol is today.
Stop the demand? Stop the crime!
If we take the funding for the was on drugs and put it into addiction treatment and education we can better control the drug problem. By legalizing alcohol we took the huge profits away from organized crime. We can do the same with drugs, take the huge money away from the drug lords and street gangs.
I believe there is a difference between "good drugs" and "bad drugs". Drugs like meth, heroin, crack, etc... Should never be legal. They ruin too many peoples lives and danger lives of people around the user. But marijuana, many hallucinogens, ecstasy and some others are not bad and can even have some positive effects on people.
Legalizing all drugs would be bad, but we definitely have to legalize SOME drugs. Its our right to smoke cannabis if we choose to.
On the other hand, no one should have access to meth. Hard drugs have never improved someones life, they are pretty much an automatic path to destruction.
Should governments legalize all drugs? Not all drugs, but certain drugs need to be legalized
The supply of illegal drugs hardly wanes. So, the continued prohibition simply creates a wholly unregulated black market. The biggest problem with black markets is inhuman dispute resolutions and business practices, including homicide, and violence. Even prescription medications are largely over-regulated in the US compared to almost every other country. It contributes to our unreasonably high cost of healthcare. First, decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Permit each state to set its own prohibitions. Work from there. If things appear to be getting better, proceed. The whole "war on drugs" is smoke and mirrors for the dissolution of individual rights and liberties, and money and vested interests now fight tooth and nail to maintain prohibition not because its a good solution, but because of money and vested interests.
You know how much the U.S. hates terrorists right?... And it's our bodies. We are not hurting anybody else and it doesn't work people get it anyway and have drug companies you don't see people selling tobacco on the street and gangstas would have to get jobs right no more drug lords it's a human right to use drugs if you want
When Alcohol was forbidden in Al Capone's times, many lives were lost. Now alcohol is legal, pay high tax, but there are no cartels. Fight against drug trafficking is just another good business for weapons manufacturers and some governments. If drugs were legal, would be controlled and would pay high tax which can be used for education campaigns and rehabilitation. If drugs were legal wouldn't be a good business for mafias anymore, thus, no more killings and kidnaps.
Not saying drugs are good for my body but I will do them whether they are legal or not because I believe it is my right to do so. I would hate to be classed as a criminal for doing nothing other than hurting myself because that is the real stigma that will stay with you for life not recreational use of drugs. Addicts will be addicts either way, lets not make them criminals as well. This doesn't mean make it legal for people to be high while driving and stuff such as that but you shouldn't be a criminal just because you wanted to party hard one night on the weekend.
The Government shouldn't have a control on what drugs we take. Drugs should be legalized and taxed like everything else. Keep drug abuse facility rehabs open for those that have addictions and need help or their family wants to get them help. We live in the land of the free, but until we legalize drugs there is nothing free about our choices for what we consume.
If we take out the illegal part, the street trade should decline rapidly. This dangerous production cycle on the streets brings so much violence, addiction and moral degradation to so many of our precious communities, but proper treatment available to those dependent and recovering should help put the illegal where it belongs.
I never saw the day coming to when Marijuana would be legal. It from time to time blows me away how somehow Marijuana can be completely legal in some states yet a lot of very protective, brilliant, smart Superior Intelligence Officers don't prefer it. Instead of having marijuana/weed that is now over in its popularity phase actually now be legal, why not focus on how bad of a wrap we just automatically degrade and give a bad name to other drugs that focused intelligent beautiful positive and plain out "right" people like or even depend on; like a Bayer Aspirin to a Sleeping Pill. Society needs to maybe be aware and taught what products in other drugs are made correctly, good quality, the process of it right to make it made right.....Instead of hearing Legal Marijuana in the U.S.A..... And in other news a man was arrested and his life was ruined for 3 to 10 years from "other bad bad drugs."
I don't just want to accept that on a daily basis, and can see where it would be a struggled hard not 100 percent professional sounding argument, but why do the most protective and mind blowing brilliant figures such as Law, FBI, and CIA have to even deal with that argument in the first place?? If you prefer something that is better and feels morally better, why make another product legal?
Legalizing would make drugs safer because they would be clean and labeled for there strength. The fear of getting drugs make alot of people nervous which I think lead to more drug use and loss of social respect. Additionally when you compare them to alchohol, alot of them are not as dangerous.
People who consume drugs such as Cannabis, Magic Mushrooms, Cocaine, Heroin and LSD cause very little, if any, harm to society where as people who abuse alcohol cause a lot of damage to society; they get into fights, they have unprotected sex, they damage property, they drive under the influence and abuse their spouses and children; In many parts of Europe, particularly Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, drunk behaviour is either accepted or tolerated where as drug users are thrown in jail and ostracised by society, how does that work?
I personally do not consume any recreational drugs including alcohol and tobacco (I do consume caffeine but in limited quantities) but I say that all drugs should be legal.
There is enough evidence to support the notion of decriminalisation of drug taking and supply. The misery that illegal drug supply and the consequent exploitation of people who are addicted by criminal gangs is self evident. I know that politicians fear a public backlash if they support legalisation but perhaps they ought to consider the long term benefit to public health and our economy.
To answer this question, we first have to know why drugs are illegal. When someone is addicted, they will steal things to buy drugs and fuel their habits. But here is why drugs should bee legalized.
1. When drug dealers face possible arrest imprisonment, they will raise the drug prices, so we will have MORE theft crimes.
2. Tougher sentencing helps ensure only the most violent enter the drug trade. These violent people will take any risks, and will improve distribution and marketing, which could drive up drug consumption.
3. Drug dealing is usually undertaken by groups of people, not individually. If one dealer goes to prison, the group will find someone to fill his vacancy, which can lead to more dealers
4. If drug dealers are apprehended enough, they will recruit from a broader pool, including children, who otherwise would not have entered the market or would not have done so as early. Once children enter the drug trade, they begin a criminal career that either would not have occurred, or might have otherwise been delayed for years.
5. Drug dealers will kill someone to pay the fine imposed by law
5. Frees up law enforcement resources and saves tax dollars
Drugs are a market and the war on drugs is essentially the regulation of a market.
Think of all the policemen and innocent people that are getting killed over the war on drugs, we shouldn't fully legalize all drugs, but at least de-criminalize them... Think of all the time police waste arresting people in possession of drugs...Time that could be spent arresting real criminals like murderers and rapist ect... De-criminalize and give factual education on drug use, most people just dont respect drugs and the powerful substances they are putting into there bodies, thats how bad things happen... Plus if they where legalized or sold and taxed... More money to help with the recession and on a plus side if they where sold they would have to be 100% pure product so no more deaths from unpure/ bashed product...I could go on for days but people need to be more open minded and see the bigger picture that legalizing or de-criminalizing drugs would have a much better outcome than having a full blown war on drugs that ultimately ends up with more loss of human life than would if they where legal.
This is the land of opportunity and freedom. We left Britain because we were not being treated right by the government. Its time to be a true American and tell the government to give us our freedom to consume a mind altering substance recreationally. The government is supposed to govern and protect the people that elected them not control them. If we just let this policy keep us from a freedom just imagine what else they will try to take away. It doesn't matter if you use them or not thats your own personal choice. Don't take that away from anyone. Look at it like its a cigarette. You may not use them or you may does that make you a bad person no it does not that is your personal choice. If someone wants to smoke weed to get through the day let them be. If some one wants to go candy flippin at a rave let them be. It is there body and they will be the ones responsible for it so give them there freedom and self responsibility back.
In a free world no authority has the right to restrict the free-will of its adult people. Prohibition is an expression of an insane autocracy which restricts the autonomy to rules based upon religious, monotheistic beliefs rather than any scientific facts. It's so ridiculous that the only violence comes from the system itself. Harmless people get jailed and tortured, while authority sponsored organizations make their profit from initially destroying these lifes.
All drugs legalized, portion sized, quality controlled, distributed from licensed government owned centers and priced matched to beat the dealers. Eliminate the criminal element. Appropriately taxed and with all users registered. Funding from the use could then be directed to health matters concerned with drug use for those that are addicted. Removing the social stigma.
When drugs become legalized, because eventually they will, just like everything else has, there will be no money it, so crime rates will plummet because nobody is gonna sell something cheap like drugs when they could sell bubblegum for the same price with much less risk of health problems.
The mechanism of an eternal duality drive engine will not permit a finite state i.e. all good/all bad. This engine is responsible for the ominverse intself. There is dual inverse proportionality in all respresentations and perspectives. If you try to artificially manipulate the natural ebb and flow you will be the progenitor of discord and discontent. How does it relate to this specific quagmire? Allow total freedom of choice; the natural order of things will settle the score. I assure you that after the initial novelty of this freedom wears off.The natural background mechanism will weedout those who are afflicted with diseases of addiction,mental illness,etc. The majority will remain in the norm as has always in man's history. The fear mongers will have you believe the streets will flow with the blood of drug crazed maniacs. To an extent they are now,and what do we have opposing it? We! the everpresent norm. the law was made for one thing alone,for the exploitation of those who don't understand it;or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it! A joint and a little rock-n-roll doen't sound to bad now does it?
The government should have no say in what you or anyone else can put in their bodies, unless it poses a legitimate threat to the people around the user; such as bath salts, meth, etc. But even those drugs should eventually be legal as soon as we find a way to make them pose little risk to others. I believe if someone wants to hurt them self with drugs that's their right, not to mention countries that have legalized drugs like Portugal, and the Netherlands have much better drug statistic in regards to the negative aspects. You also have to consider all the innocent people that are imprisoned for just trying to feel good, and posing no threat or harm to anyone but themselves, it's an solid YES vote for me.
With 40,0000 plus people dead in Mexico since 2007 and gang activity out of control in this country I believe we should legalize them and tax them. Most gun deaths in this country are drug related and I see no point in continued loss of life and wasted tax dollars trying to stop drug proliferation. Legalize them. Tax them. Save social security with the money.
More than 50 years has passed since we heard the phrase "The war on drugs". The war will never be won. Just like prohibition in the USA perhaps it is time for us all to consider legalization to quell the tide of criminality.
Once a drug is legalised it becomes open to control thus no impurities are mixed with it. Additionally, it can be taxed. And akin to alcohol and tobacco we become more informed and educated about its use - just like we are informed about diet, smoking, taking exercise etc. Therefore, we can make our own choices based upon the facts and figures and not upon outdated propaganda.
The government of this supposed free country needs to grow up and legalize all drugs. The war on drugs has been lost from the beginning. Prohibition didn't work back then and it won't work now.
Besides, who's business is it what one does in their own home as long as no one else is harmed ? Nobody's. This country has become a nanny nation telling people how to live their lives. It's high time they butt out and worry about bigger problems, like their overspending and the national debt
What other war have we allowed to drag on to no avail for years and years and years and years in recent history besides the war on drugs? Drug users are only criminals because we say they are. Drug users live underground because society forces them to. Look up all the reasons that almost every drug (pre war on drugs) became illegal. It was almost always special interests, politics, money etc.
We could eliminate so much death, violence and crime. The day prohibition was toast, so was Al Capone. He went out of business almost immediately. We could get these violent foreigners off of our shores for good. We could embrace an addict, someone's son or daughter, sister or brother, best freind, spouse etc. With love and support rather than cold iron bars and finger pointing and a tainted legal record that keeps them from ever re-entering society. Thus, repeating their cycle because they have nowhere else to go.
Addicts are still humans. I know many of them. I was one. Most of us including myself don't want to be and I was lucky enough to pull myself up and out. But the reason I stayed down so long was because of shame, misery, and isolation. The fact that they were illegal and looked down upon made it all worse.
And one last thing. All drugs are addictive. Everyone who lives long enough will know someone who literally drank themselves to death. But just like alcohol, ALL drugs have recreational users. Just because someone shoots heroin or snorts cocaine, it DOES NOT mean they do it all the time or have allowed a physical addiction to set it.
It is my personal belief that most people who are so strongly against drugs are those most detached from the drug culture. Also, those people who have had a drug issue negatively effect or kill someone close to them and have become too bitter and too angry to educate and understand. They just want to blame something easy to blame like those filthy, stinking, drugs.
The fact is we spend too much time and effort on a losing drug war when we should redirect those resources on helping the addicts and spread drug awareness. Decriminalize drugs and treat then like cigarettes with widespread education and teaching the effects in elementary and middle schools. Drugs should have a stigma with kids at an early age.
Drugs are bad, there's no question there. But would you rather have them controlled by the government or by gangs? The Taliban is funded by illegal hereon sales, if we could take that away from them that would be a huge win. Legalizing drugs would be huge blow to Criminal gangs income all over the world.
Just because it's none of the governments business. People have the freedom to decide what they want to do. Using, selling and possessing all the drugs should be legal and under control. No one can say anything about people's decision unless they do crime. It's not the governments business its people's choice.
It is the biggest income for gangs all over the world whether its Favela's in Rio or Compton ghetto.
There can never be peace, and innocent people will die in these gang wars.
Drugs will always be used by some, and weed is common to many people.
Please legalize drugs!
The federal government should completely Decriminalize all drugs and leave the legality of drugs and the enforcement of drug laws to each state. They would not have to federally deal with drugs and save that money from the federal government... Then they still can tax the legal drug revenue. Its a win win.
You could regulate every type of drugs by making separate rules for each specific drug. For example you can get every 3 months 2 tablets of MDMA, you could get every month 2 grams of Marijuana, You can get 2 times a year 1 stamp of LSD. If you want to take heroin you also get a addiction protection program, you can ask for permission to take more drugs, by this addiction prevention program will follow, Everything must be done anonymously and giving in a clean bureaucratic environment, The key is better quality and lower prices the criminal organizations, and a government can do so. Crime rate will go down, GDP will go up, taxes can go down, drug abuse will go down (The Dutch policy is a great example of this). Also don't forget most of the drugs problems are actually social and economic inequality problems together with racial segregation and low government control, the drug problem itself can by solved easily by a policy as described above.
It's dangerous for them to be illegal as there will always be a market for it (and it's growing). At least if they're legal people can be safer and have correct, non biased, true information on them unlike the ignorant crap we get now and some can be great in moderation!
I have tried many different drugs and i'm a much happier person than I was before I'd ever tried anything. I'm not addicted to anything in any way, never have been and certain drugs such as mdma have allowed me to accept certain things about my life, become much more empathetic (cannabis also does this for me), talk about things with my partner that I could not before and vice versa.
I have tried most things but not LSD (yet) or heroin (which I won't) . Although I know people who have even tried heroin on many occasions and they are still able to have a very successful good life. Not that I'm recommending it, some people seem to be made of steel! I am not one of them and I know this so I'm careful with what I do. It's about knowing you're own body and you're own mind to know what you can and can't deal with.
Another thing many people seem to forget is that alcohol is a drug. Alcohol has made me do many stupid things and I and other people often act completely out of control when drunk. Yet on mdma I and everyone else I know has been in control of themselves and not done things they regret (although may sometimes get too lovey dovey with everyone :P ) . Bottom line is alcohol easily makes people fight/depressed. Mdma makes people happy and nice to each other always. It is madness how alcohol is legal and mdma and cannabis are illegal when they are far, far less dangerous.
Cannabis again in moderation is fine for many people. Yes it CAN make you paranoid but NO it cannot kill you, unlike alcohol and cigarettes. I am one of those people who can get paranoid on it but most of the time I enjoy it, I know I shouldn't have it if ever I'm feeling low and I stick to that rule. As I said it's about knowing what is okay for you.
Also watch 'The house I live in' - great documentary about the issue of legalization
It is very clear to anyone doing any sort of tally that the war against drugs will not be won. The powerful Colombian, Mexican and South East Asian Cartels have unlimited resources available to circumvent any effort put forward by European and North American Governments.
The "war on drugs" has become a new business in and of itself. Cops kicking down doors and arresting addicts who are dealing small amounts of dope will do nothing to stop the systemic disorder that the cartels have inflicted. Petty crime, robbery, home-invasion, dangerous prostitution practises are costing our system millions and millions of dollars. These above named crimes are committed so addicts can procure dope.
Legalize all drugs and monitor the use through Government offices. At the same time, use all the money saved on policing and the elaborate "war on drugs" to build state of the art rehab facilities. In other words, know who the addicts are and genuinely offer them alternatives to using. At least if they continue to use it will be in a controlled way.
Did you know that America demands that countries such as Guatemala fight the war on the drugs to protect America from drugs coming from Colombia? This means millions of dollars are diverted from third world economies that don't themselves have a drug problem. This money could pay for schools and health-care that are sorely needed in central American countries. Just say No to the war on drugs and Yes to a system that addresses the problem.
The government is stupid to think that drug prohibition is working. They are wasting billions of dollars on a total waste of time. Millions of people still use drugs every day and the government needs to realize that. The government made up propaganda and lied to their whole country about drug use. Drug prohibition was created in the 70s and has never once worked. The government needs to realize that drugs need to be legal.
A individual should have the freedom to choose the drugs they want to do . As freedom does not stop at speech. Individuals can already get drugs within the criminal market. The criminal market makes drugs dangerous while legalization could regulate and make drugs safer. For example the consumer would know for 100% what is in drug ;not laced , potency, price fairness ; the high cost of drugs is simple from criminal market trying to make money. While if legal drugs would be cheap.
Drug addicts could get proper drug rehabilitation.
The prosecution of illegal drugs has and will always be fraught with corruption within enforcement and government. For example racial profiling, drug planting ,etc..
Organized crime would loose a source of income.
Police could enforce real laws that matter ie murder and theft.
Would stimulate the economy.
The war on drugs kills people.
Legalization who save lives. Ie no more gang wars over truff to sell drugs.
The laws currently do not prevent people from drugs , they themselves choose not to do them.
A fair market could be established.
Drugs provide people with the most powerful psychological urges known to mankind. Even the addicts know these chemical substances are extremely harmful but they can't help themselves. All they want is ONE more buzz (one after another that is). Why bother burning so much money and time with hopeless people whom have chosen this life. It's exhausting! It's their life, let them live as they please. Kudos to those of use who are drug free and to those who have cleaned up their act.
Despite our best intentions, the ignorance of some individuals cannot be dissolved by reason. It's pointless to fill our jails with hopeless people like volatile cocktails. Give these grown men/women the freedom to destroy their lives in the same manner that our system allows people to better their lives. As much as I would like to stop drugs from falling into the hands of these poor people, we cannot fight a battle in which a persons psychological urges are entirely driven to find one more buzz. Kudos to those of use who are drug free and to those who have cleaned up their act.
I don't see how anyone cal tell you what you can and can't consume! There are things that are legal that are worse than some illegal drugs(alcohol) put a tax on drugs and put them at the right price, this will boost the economy and stop gangs being able to sell them for crimes that actually deserve laws.
I feel like if we wanna mess up our body, then let us its our choice. Don't try to stop us, it will only make them wanna do it more. The more you wanna stop us for doing it then the more we would like to do it. So if you just legalize it then I feel like we would not want to do it.
Portugal has decriminalized all drugs and they are a success story. Lower crime rates, lower drug use rates & lower addiction rates. They take a medical view on drug use. If you're addicted, you are not looked down upon and the government has funded programs to help. Spending money on treatment for addicts is far less money than putting them through the legal system then sending them to jail.
If drugs would be legal, doses would be regularised with no cut or other unwanted chemicals so there's going to be less overdose and it will be safe chemicals. Also it's a right to be able to chose what we want to put in our bodies, it's not the government's job. It would also stop alot of drug related crime.
For a simple economical view point, look towards supply and demand. I don't see the demand for drugs changing anytime soon. So long as drugs remain prohibited and illicit, underground networks will exist. This money does not circulate and often goes towards the financing of gangs, cartels and corrupt government officials.
The reason is the bottom dollar and people need to start wondering why the government prefers the funding of such vast amounts of money to be undocumented and streamed into criminal organizations. Even with the societal ills that drugs cause, prohibition doesn't make a difference.
I don't see myself using hard drugs like coke and meth but if somebody else wants to use it what right does a handful of people have to say we all can't use it to be happy.If the government places taxes taxes on them the revenue will be enormous! Plus organized crime will also take a huge hit with there main income gone
The government should have the right to tell us that drugs are bad, that we shouldn't do it and try to help us if we get addicted but they shouldn't have the right to prevent us from doing what we please with our bodies. The same way we should have the right to smoke, drink alcohol, and have abortions. This sound inhumane of my part, I know. Let the people kill themselves? What kind of person am I? I'm the kind that know that I have no idea what that drug addict is going through I don't and shouldn't have to right to prevent him from doing what he pleases with his body. I could try and council him and try to help him but in the end it's him body, it's his choice.
It worked in Portugal. Case closed . The end. Legalize now. People that don't want to do drugs won't. Just because their made legal doesn't mean they will magically do them. People are smarter than that. Kids are also smarter than that. Attacking drugs is like attacking guns. Drugs don't kill people.
Prison only teaches people to be better criminals. Over half of the people I was incarcerated with were there for drugs. We needed counseling not confinement from society. The US has one of largest prison systems filled with drug addicts (and filled with drugs), but we offer no real help.
Over half the people in prison are there because they were drug addicts. They need treatment from counselors and psychologists not to be locked up. Prison only teaches you how to be a better criminal it does nothing to reform a person. And we cant even keep drugs outof prison
We are still living in a world where the top 1% aka (the royal corporate billionaires) control almost half the wealth in this country, want to control the bottom 99% because they can. Money is power, power is royalty, royalty becomes greed, greed becomes communism. They(Central Bank/ Wall Street) have destroyed Democracy and now control the world. You're vote doesn't matter anymore. Drugs will never be legal in this country or anywhere else in the world because it is deeply rooted in greed, power(money), and racism. So why keep drugs illegal then? Because it fuels and ignites that bitter hatred we have towards one another keeping us in a vegetive life like state to keep us distracted from what the upper 1% is actually doing, which is destroying the rest of us. This isn't about drugs. Something imminent is upon us all and those with the most power are hoarding all the resources to survive it. Survive what? The apocalypse.
On a more positive note, enjoy life while you still can :D
The current legislation on drugs is extremely damaging to society as a whole as well as individuals who choose to consume them. Criminal gangs along with terrorist organisations are making huge amounts of profit controlling the production and sale of black market substances. Because the drugs are not regulated in any sensible way they are inevitably cut with anything to make a profit.. Harder drugs such as heroin, crack and crystal meth are favoured due to high addiction rates and return customers.
I'm not saying we should make heroin availible in every supermarket, rather addicts should be treated with the pure product in a controlled setting. Much cheaper than wasting money on police who turn up after property has been stolen (or worse) to fund the habit.
Drugs such as MDMA and LSD are now shown to have genuine medical uses outside of recreational use. They have proven to be safe after years of testing and when pure and controlled doses administered, less damaging than alcohol. The war on drugs was a con to milk money from the tax payer, only now are people slowly waking up to that.
It is my body I may do as I please with it. It may cause me to lose control of my body, however, the moment I infringe on someone else's liberty, that is when the state should get involved. Fatty food causes people to get fat but we would blanch at the idea of banning that. Secondly, if drugs were legalised, the price would go way down, big companies could produce them at a fraction of the cost, and they could make them safer. They would be safer because the business would fail if it became known that they produced unsafe drugs. If drugs were legalised, the supply would go up, the demand, only fractionally, so the price would be reduced, it is basic economics. People would not have to turn to crime, if they had a problem they could go to a shooting gallery and take safe drugs.
We live in a world where people can freely go to liquor stores (if you are of the appropriate age) and buy alcohol, get drunk, and drive your car. We live in a world where we can smoke all day every day until we get lung cancer and ruin over lives. The government really cares about our safety in these two aspects right? They have decided that these two drugs are acceptable for us to kill ourselves, but other drugs are not acceptable. The government is filled with extremely intelligent people, more knowledge than the average person will ever have, but this is common sense. How can we allow each other to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes, but other drugs such as steroids are some how even worse? Alcohol can cause someone to lose complete control of their actions and cause violence. Cigarettes are basically "cool" so people smoke and kill themselves by becoming addicted, but somehow we decided that these two situations are okay. Either take all these away or allow everything. People want freedom to choose, and that freedom has elected most of these government officials. Allow the people to choose what they do with their bodies and if they hurt other, similar to a drunk driver, punish them and I can guarantee not one word of displeasure will be heard from people. People have common sense, this is something that isn't taught but inherent. The common sense says, if you care so much about our safety why do you allow us to have alcohol and cigarettes freely? Government we need you to keep us safe from ourselves. I can guarantee most people would argue with that last statement and respond, we do not need to be baby sat instead we just want freedom and ethical laws that do not compromise our freedom. Is that too much to ask for? Let us control our bodies, and if something horrible happens such as a drunk driver killing someone, does that mean we should make alcohol illegal? No. We punish the driver and try to educate the people and try to create an environment built on common sense and education. The criminalization of drugs has decreased our knowledge about drugs and caused us to believe somehow that alcohol and cigarettes are better than steroids as an example. If anyone in government agrees with that statement, then I have nothing to say because it is a shame that some of the most intelligent people in the world lack an open mind and the ability to see mistakes. Let's make a change and give people the chance to be free and make this the greatest country in the world, not because we gave ourselves that honor, but instead, because we deserve that title.
So let's allow Americans to make their own decisions. We may exhibit times where people spend all of their money on drugs and end up ODing or as burn outs but let people decide how they went to spend and live their lives. If a certain person chooses to take a lethal drug they were ignorant and uninformed it may cause people to become more educated in general.
If the governments put an "Ecstasy Tax" of 40% (to help pay for the things I'm about to say), required buyers to have a "Safe Drug Use License" (which, to get, you have to pass a series of tests and be over a certain age), restricted to a certain amount a month (validation by a "Safe Drug User License" database - maybe like 10 a month - validation of this before purchase), sellers are required a "Safe Drug Selling License" (in which, their drugs have to be QUALITY and PURE - they'd have someone buy them and test them 3 times a month), sellers are required to have their "Safe Drug Selling License" ID imprinted on the pill for tracking purposes, sellers are required to have security at wherever the drug is being sold, sellers are required to have drugs securely locked away, and sellers are required to provide monthly reports of who has bought what to the organisation in-charge of all this.
You could do the same for other drugs (but they'd probably required different restrictions).
BOOM. You kill off crime, and dud drugs.
Heck, the same thing should be done to cigarettes and alcohol.
I'm sorry but I am a firm believer that I am in control of my own actions. So whether I choose to do drugs or not is my choice. I do not need the Government to make an informed decision about what's best for me. If the Government legalized Cocaine or heroine it does not mean that I am going to run out and pollute my body and mind with either one, but if I so choose to do so, it's my decision as an adult.
But with that said; it is an adult decision, so it should not be available to children, just as alcohol is intended for adults who are 21 and older.
Does that mean that kids will not try drugs or alcohol if their illegal? NO, as we already know. Children experiment and sometimes with unfortunate outcomes but it's the nature of the beast. Inquisitive minds want to know and will whether its legal or not! But as any good parent knows, education is key and I for one, talk to my children about the dangers of drinking and drugging and that wouldn't stop just because drugs were legal.
Using the analogy that another writer used...If you have a table full of drugs at a party, you will try them because they are there and everyone else is using them. That maybe true for someone who follows the crowd and has little self-confidence or knowledge of the dangers of alcohol and drugs, but that's like saying well the table was full of dog crap and everyone was eating it and really loved it, so I had to try it to! Would you???
Why should we be incarcerating citizens because they decide to use a drug or become addicted? Addicts and drug users are obviously troubled and need help more than anything. I don't personally use drugs and I think we shouldn't be persecuting those whom make drugs part of their life. It's a moral issue and instead of using our taxpayers money on the "War on Drugs", we should spend that money on addiction help.
The government is not really suited to tackle the drug problem. Using drugs is a moral/health issue and not any threat to anyone else if it regulated.
I suggest we let the private sector manage drug use/abuse via their own requirements. If a person is employed for themselves and wants to smoke a joint or snort cocaine any impact on their productivity will make itself apparent in a free market. We are all marketable working commodities in a free market and using drugs makes us less marketable but it is not the government's job to make citizens marketable. It is the individuals responsibility.
TLDR: The free market will take care of the problem without any assistance.
Drugs can be dangerous but their danger is greatly exaggerated, besides if drugs were legal they would be a lot cleaner since they would be regulations put in place. This would also but organized crime out of business since legal shops would be everywhere. Just take a look at alcohol when it was illegal it was run by criminal organizations and now there mostly non existent. And just because something is legal doesn't mean everyone will be using it.
The government cost would drop dramatically, if the government we were to legalize drugs they would have 41.3 billion dollars for free spending and just another way to help us get out of debt and it would be some money to put toward the "Ceiling Debt Crisis". On top of that we could raise the tax revenues for the drug sold per ca-pita. In all it would benefit those who do not use drugs.
If we lived in a world where people would die from overdosing on too much drugs and those who can control their limits and needs for a drug, we will soon see more smart people in the world while those who don't have self control, well, in the end, die. If you were caught drunk driving, car insurance sky rockets, not able to drive for 10 years, bunch of classes to take, not worth it, if you overdose on a drug and survive by going to the hospital, your life insurance should sky rocket. This world needs more smart decisions being made and less dumb people.
A third of us have/will of taken an illegal substance, were not all criminals, obviously the deterrent doesn't work WHY because of huge demand, What's harmful about Drugs is that there are Illegal which Leeds to contaminated product , criminal gangs etc.. Etc... We need to take back control and end prohibition ,legalise ,regulate, tax it and put an age limit on it, and be honest in our education to the younger generation.
Tax it. It would create billions in revenue, countless jobs and new technologies. Regulate it. Contributing to a reduction is OD, offering different stengths and making sure youngster are not able to get their hands on it. Educate users. Prision is not the answer. Remove the criminals from the industry. Why should they the blackmarket get richer and richer of the enjoyment (for some) and the misery of others.
When alcohol was outlawed, it became much more destructive. Consumers were dropping dead after one drink After alcohol prohibition was repealed and the government once again took control away from the criminal underworld, and began regulating alcohol, it did not eliminate the danger, but rather reduced it, controlled it. Are drugs any different? The government, law enforcement , cannot truly control what it cannot regulate. With prohibition The criminal underworld controls the manufacture, distribution and selling of drugs. With regulation, the government. Who would you rather have in control of drugs? I myself am in favor of regulation rather than continued prohibition.
Drug usage has decreased substantially in the years after drugs were decriminalized. Alcohol is a legal drug. Alcohol used to be illegal and then people like Al Capone proved that making alcohol caused more problems than it solved. They just haven't realized their repeating history just with a different substance.
End organised trafficking and low level habit-feeding drug crime and discourage through education. as with tobacco and alchohol. Tax at levels that make smuggling uneconomical. Ban drug use in public places as with smoking. Encourage rest of world to do the same. Public funded rehabilitation clinics for all drug and substance addicts.
If you're not harming me or your neighbor(s), I don't care what you do to your body or head. I don't want to pay taxes for junkies clogging up the court systems or pay for their boarding costs in jail. The drug on wars is a waste of time and money. The Wire (HBO) outlines a perfect plan for junkies, by giving them a designated run down neighborhood to do what they do.
Why should I trust the government to make the best choice on how to live? I want to be in control of myself. I want freedom, even if that means that there will be more drug-addicts. Besides, it's not making drugs legal would make THAT many more drug-addicts. Just look at The Netherlands.
We are losing rights left and right id like to make my own choice. You would eliminate a lot of crime in our country and others. The only reason they are not legal isnt because of the effects they have its because our government cant figure out how to tax something naturally grown and the drug companies would lose a lot of money having something natural and minimal side effect to what we have where in most cases the side effect are worse than the cause.
Prohibition does not work, if they put a warning on a cigarette pack that warns cigarettes kill, it is our choice to want to kill ourselves. Legal or illegal, people are still using them. Lets be honest, did you drink when you were under 21? We are wasting our tax money.
Do we own ourselves? This is the question often overlooked when debating this issue. Liberty cannot exist without the first principle of self-ownership. A free society cannot exist alongside the tyranny of government. Government cannot remove our natural right to liberty in order to impose its morality on its citizens. Drugs hurt the user. The user should be allowed to hurt themselves. Period.
Prohibition has never worked and will never work. All it does it's increase criminal behaviour because junkies will find a way to get high-no matter what. Education and treatment are the answer. Educate your kids about the harms of drug use instead of waiting for a magical solution from the government. The war on drugs is just a fantasy. The cartels have won this war already. People against the legalization of drugs keep the cartels powerful and on top.
Drugs should be legalized. The purpose of drug laws are to protect the drug cartels. Drug laws do not stop people from doing drugs. Rather it just decreases the supply of drugs and makes them more expensive. Since drug addicts have an inelastic demand for drugs, they aren't going to decrease their drug consumption. Furthermore, drug laws cause more harm than good. It creates a powerful black market in which property rights and contracts cannot be enforced through government. This means that disputes are handled through fighting. Drug dealers try to create a monopoly power through killing their competition. Drug abusers can't seek help for their drug addictions because they are afraid of the legal consequences of their actions.
Milton Friedman stated that "from a purely economic viewpoint, the purpose of drug laws are to protect the drug cartels". Drug laws do not stop people from doing drugs. Rather it just decreases the supply of drugs and make them more expensive. Since drug addicts have an inelastic demand for drugs, they aren't going to decrease their drug consumption.
Furthermore, drug laws cause more harm then good. It creates a powerful black market in which property rights and contracts cannot be enforced through government. This means that disputes are handled through fighting. Drug dealers try to create a monopoly power through killing their competition. Drug abusers can't seek help for their drug addictions because they are afraid of the legal consequences of their actions.
America is based on the view of total freedom, the law is only supposed to protect you from people who try to harm you. If you wanna shoot up heroin, get drunk and pass out and die in the privacy of your own home and harm no one but yourself then anything goes. If you want to do said actions then get in a car and drive then you are putting OTHER peoples lives at risk. Freedom is for your life the government is for everyones elses. NO DEBATE
I'd say drugs are easily obtainable right now. Why put those profits to legitimate use? Those nay-sayers must love seeing dead bodies from drug wars. They must respect and want to see drug lords get bigger and stronger. They must like seeing that the US has over 1 million children drug dealers. They like to see people die from tainted drugs. They love the misery; it allows them to feel good about their own hapless narcissistic selves.
Marijuana was causing no problems in the US except for the dent it put in alcohol sales. That's the real reason it was demonized. Is it bad for your health? Certainly. Whose body is it? Ours? or the Governments? Incidentally, I am not an indulger, this is a moral stance.
Legalizing all drugs would not be good for societies around the world. Drugs have a very adverse effect on societies. They break up homes and are often the cause of unwise judgments that lead to all sorts of social problems (homelessness, abuse, overdose, fatal accidents). They would also create new problems, such as more money being spent on enforcing the illegal sale of drugs. Just because the drugs are made legal, that does not mean that people will stop illegally selling it underground. If anything, it would become a bigger problem. Legalizing drugs would be a bad idea.
Let's start with labels. As they do now, labels on bottles of headache medicine tell you a list of effects, side effects, potentially hazardous usage, and appropriate usage.
Second, the demographic of distribution obviously would target adults of legal age, however, accessibility to children would increase in this case. In contrast, awareness of effects of these drugs would increase as well. Ex. "oh, my uncle does heroin, he lies around a lot and talks slow. My dad says it's going to kill him" This example of perhaps what a child may experience reflect a deeper understanding of what the drug is rather than a cookie cutter warning used synonymously with cigarettes as well, "don't do it."
On a more conservative front. We could employ cafe's. Example: Man walks into heroin cafe after a long day at work, "may i shoot up here?" He asks. The courtesy clerk reply's, "let me check your records, name, id?.." "Man" You shot up this much yesterday, says you were dangerously close to overdose by our observation, we're going to decelerate your dosage today. Sit down in the waiting room and our heroin technician will be with you shortly to dose you. We require by law you not leave the premise while under the influence."
This more conservative example reflects a very controlled compromise. Shame on us for allowing addiction to pervade our society with cigarettes, killing billions and counting. We're human and love our vices though. In addition to not letting the drugs run rampant in our streets for children to get into, this Example also offers a new economic addition of a trade and occupation, as well as raising money.
Supply and demand. Sure, drug companies will cut corners, or more accurately cut high fructose corn syrup into your LSD, but like food, nutrition facts would be required. Do you want HFCS in your LSD? Hell no, I want the pure thing, organic and natural, or synthetic. Supply and demand would dictate the health problems allotted to individuals, that's capitalism at its finest.
Since you can go to a cafe to get your fix, harsher treatment for public use could be employed, "if your not selling it to kids and your not at a cafe why are you carrying it on your person?" And since you can get your fix in a cafe people would be less likely to care get it on the street, diminishing its value for demand. Ever ask a happy junkie to do you a favor and get a positive result? No, he's not going to get some for your friend at school, he just wants his fix.
It should be a persons right to do with ones body what they will, however, if what your doing is harming others, that's not right either. "Blow your head off with a shotgun if you will, but if your brain chunks get in my Wheaties we have a problem." Regulations and restrictions belong o all things, for without them, even a hot apple pie could be scolding the skin off your newborn, would you opt to place a ban on hot apple pies? Would you ticket someone for doing that to themselves? I think the burn would probably be enough punishment. Maybe you have issue with a guy walking around with track marks on his arm, its inappropriate. You wont see a teacher that smokes light one up in kindergarten. He'll wear a long sleeve.
One can say the cons outweigh the pros. When it comes down to it, our society has not been responsible enough to manage drugs before, until now. We certainly can't manage to get them out, I think its time we accept them. Like the folly of our ancestors we burn the witch because we don't understand her statements. When we realize she's just asking for equal treatment for women we giver her a Nobel Prize. Drugs are not evil, they're a resource yet to be tapped in an way other than with barbaric abandon.
Truthfully, the war on drugs is being lost. Criminalization raises the price of street drugs. These elevated prices result in large profits not subject to taxation. Where there is that amount of money involved, the stakes become higher. This results in drug-related violence, in an increase in young women (and men) being involved in prostitution, and an overall 'culture of violence' that is becoming particularly bad in Mexico and areas with high Hispanic population. Legalizing, regulating and taxing recreational drugs would lower the price, provide revenue that could then be used for education, and result in an overall reduction in violent crime.
People are going to use drugs anyways. Might as well make them legal and just tax them so the government gets more money. People are so scared of the affects of these illegal drugs but a lot of them are just like the drugs we get from our doctors.
The war on drugs is killing people, driving up costs and empowering cartels. I hate recreational drugs, but it is obvious that prohibition is not working. It is costing us tax payers billions of dollars and driving up crime and ruining neighborhoods. It is also filling prisons and clogging the court system.
If drugs were legal, they would be more pure because they wouldn't have to be secretive. This would make them more expensive, so less people would use them. This would mean that the amount of drug related deaths would go down so it would save the government money. Drug related crimes would drop considerably because only the richer population would be able to afford the drugs.
Don't raise our taxes now and anger us, why not just get more things taxed. Drug dealers make a good amount of money every year, and it's basically free money. And plus, we have alcohol. Ever driven while high? You go about 5 MPH and think you're going 80, woah dangerous right?!
There is not one town in America where one cannot find drugs. The United States spends millions of dollars on the so called war on drugs. It is wasted money. I can't imagine what the percentage of crime is in the US that is due to drugs.
We are past the point where drugs need to be legalized and taxed. Legalizing drugs would have a ripple effect felt around the world. Please do it.
Yes. Legalize all of it, and have a government agency produce them at a price and quality that guarantees the market to be unprofitable. This would eliminate cartel violence, gangs etc. by de-funding it. Provide the drugs, preferably anonymously to prevent an emerging anonymous black market for people wanting to conceal use. Continue drug testing in the workplace, but only flag employees who have levels consistent with active impairment. Continue a massive public education campaign which explains why the drugs are legal, that no company (not even the government) is making a profit on any sales, and warn people about the very real risks associated with these drugs.
The drug trade is an economic problem that requires an economic solution. On that note, the money spent on prisons could EASILY cover a similar number of inpatient rehab beds, probably with some to spare.
Every drug dealer gets free drugs for their self every time they sell a certain amount. They use these drugs get other people addicted to support their business. If drugs were legal there would be a huge amount of free drugs taken off the street and there wouldn't be people who get paid to get innocent people addicted. There be nobody getting drugs for dirt cheap and instead of everybody making money by selling them, the revenue would go to the government.
This is land of the free. Sadly some of you don't really want to under stand that. The government is to govern its people, not tell them what they can put in their body. If we legalize drugs we can teach the public the truth about them and let them decide. Like it or not people will get their drugs. May as well help get rid of the cartel and get tax dollars in the process.
If you look at the facts and figures you see that in the past 20 years 6500 people had died as a result of illegal drug side effects or overdose. Where as in Columbia 450,000 people have died in 20 years and in Mexico in 5 years 50,000 have died and in Guatemala 5000 people die every year as a direct result of the war on drugs. Also if we legalize drugs drug cartels would go out of business as there would no longer be any business as most people would buy their drugs through pharmaceutical companies. Also the government has no right to say what you put in your own body.
The drug war, the black markets, and the gang members cause more crime and violence than any drug taken. If the laws against drugs vanished, so would the crime because there is no money in selling drugs on the street if they're legal. Drugs definitely lead to problems just as alcohol can, but it is the persons responsibility to fix their own problems in life, not the government
Over 40 years ago Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs. This war is still going on, and so far nothing has been resolved. Addiction and abuse continue to rise as well as crime, and hundreds of billions of dollars have been wasted in a poor attempt to win the war. While the government fights hard and spends hard, other people still need to make little effort in order to buy and use drugs. The only way to win at this point is to legalize all drugs.
Money is one of the biggest issues when talking about the war on drugs. The government has spent over half a trillion dollars in an effort to end drug abuse, and since 1990 drug use has doubled. Most of this money is spent on harsher punishment, in many cases prison which can cost extraordinary amounts of money. Not only is this costing us a lot of money, we are also losing out on a lot of money to be made as well. It is projected that legalizing marijuana alone would bring in $6.2 billion a year not including what would be saved from all that is spent.
Crime will reduce significantly. Twenty-one percent of all 1,200,000 state prisoners serve time for drugs. Of the roughly 200,000 people in federal prison, fifty-five percent are in for drug-related offenses. These numbers exclude the 700,000 or more offenders who may be in local jails because of crimes related to marijuana. Much trade through the black market deals with drugs. If legalized, drugs would be produced by professional pharmaceutical companies and drug cartels would be obsolete.
Remember Al Capone, getting rich from rum running? The same thing is happening today. Legalization of drugs would reduce their price, but I do not believe that it would greatly increase their usage.... would you use heroin if it were cheaper? I wouldn't. Even if heroin use increased, I often think that the things that addicts have to do to get money for the drugs cause them more trouble than the drugs themselves. (I used to live in Vancouver, which has heavy rates of drug use and a terrible property crime problem). Heroin doesn't seem to have done all those rich rock stars any lasting harm. So.... legalization starves organized crime of funds, allows us to redirect the colossal law enforcement budgets to other purposes, and causes few additional social problems (it might even reduce them). I can't see how legalization would be any worse than the idiotic and harmful policies we are pursuing now.
I feel that if they became legal, the whole idea of these item being "badass", just wouldn't be connected to it. We can tax it, monitor it and truly balance it all out properly.
Think of the extra money we would save with the war against drugs gone. Private arms companies will have to find better ways to get their money rather than exploiting Mexico in their fight.
Governments can regulate, and tax, drug consumption and use profits for treatment. Governments can prevent arrests based on small amounts for consumption and free up the police for more serious crime. Governments can save millions of tax dollars, which it currently spends on drug possession charge (i.e. jail time, lawyer fees and incarceration).
When it comes to the debate of the decriminalization of currently illegal drugs, surely we should look at the official statistics. Numerous surveys, taking into account all fields such as danger to self, danger to others, economic cost etc. all indicate that alcohol, is in fact, the currently the most dangerous substance on the streets, closely followed by heroin and crack cocaine. Drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy are far behind on this scale of the actual dangers of these drugs. So, already, statistically, drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy are far less dangerous then alcohol, which is a legal substance.
I would also like to beg the question as to what the £1.5 billion was spent on a few years back on fighting drug crime? Police in the UK, on average, only manage to solve 1% of drug crime. All this evidence suggests there has been a severe failure of our drugs policy which we will no doubt, be passing on to the next generation the way things are currently going. The government needs to focus on the health risks, not the politics of drugs.
I believe everyone has the right to think and do what they would like to. By legalizing, you are giving choice to individuals, and with this would create opportunities for high taxation which I think has the potential to provide suitable resource for any rehabilitation necessary. By legalizing drugs, you're regulating drugs which prevents harm from occurring. Making things illegal is also missing the point of why people do such drugs. Some may be interested, and that's great, but others may seek drugs as a self-medication which is not wrong, but at the same time, legalizing will provide places for such people to go to safely, and to have rehabilitation, mental health services, and access to factual information through real/unbiased scientific journals.
Okay, some people with certain family history get health issues and get addicted, but that doesn't happen to everyone! It's someone's personal choice whether they take a drug, so why does the whole world need to get involved? There are certain people who take drugs in the world that don't get addicted so a few people's mistakes shouldn't be an argument to stop other people's enjoyment. Making something illegal doesn't stop people from doing it, and that funds organised crime, and lets sellers cut the drug with anything from glass to rat poison. If it was made legal, you could buy it from shops where the ingredients would be a certainty, and a lot safer than the black market drugs. Additionally, many countries have made drugs legal, and contrary to popular belief, depression, drug use, death rates and the amount of people being sent to prison have also dropped. This would most likely be the same outcome here. Some people not liking drugs doesn't have to dictate what other people do with their lives!
The use of drugs is something that an individual should have a sovereign right over, since it is an extension of the sovereign right of ownership of his own body. The opposite is called slavery, which is the lack of the right to own your own body. Thus, drug prohibition equals SLAVERY.
We need better honest drug education instead of the "just say no" or "its illegal so don't do it" or "you will go to jail" education we have now. People are going to do what they want regardless of the laws. Our drug policy only promotes gangs and violence and wastes tax money and resources on the war on drugs. People with addictions fear seeking help for fear of being shunned or outcast for being criminals just because they made a bad choice with their own bodies.
The question is, why did they ever criminalize the use of substances? Why should anyone impose their views on what individuals can do with their own bodies? Instead, why don't they explain what they know about how illegal substances fit into the picture of all kinds of abuse including wars?
Illegal services and materials generate an infrahuman world of abuse. As a human rights defender, a feminist, a pacifist, I cannot but wish the drugs which still remain illegal were legalized. I understand this cannot be done without a whole world of educational measures. But we will never build civilized societies if we don't strive to uproot violence and injustice. And the underworlds illegal stuff breed are full of violence and injustice that could be prevented.
We have been doing this for almost 100 years now and there are still more addicts now more than ever. It is a tried and failed policy to criminalize drug use and abuse. Legalizing drugs has been working in The Netherlands and Portugual. The progressive governments of the world should send a message to the rest of the world in how to deal with drug addicts.
When the huge push to educate people on the harmful effects of cigarette smoke began almost half of the adults in the USA smoked. After years of education that number has dropped significantly. Allow drug education to do the same, and in the mean time make it legal to pay for the education!
Eventually public opinion will sway towards legalization and then those who represent us(senator, state reps) will start reflecting this change. Those who represent us will only show their support for something like this if they really knew it was something we wanted/needed. I mean that's the true democratic process. The truth is that prohibition IS a morally bad and failed policy that will end eventually. When? It's uncertain, but change has definitely started to happen. Different drugs will require different levels of regulation. REGULATION has ALWAYS been the answer to drugs NOT PROHIBITION. End of story.
The core value of a free society is individual freedom. Government may only curtail this, when harm is done to others. Very little - if any - harm is done to others by using drugs, so it should clearly be an individual choice. Further, consumer protection would be much better if drugs were legal.
There are so many reasons to legalize drugs I could go on all day. First off I'll say I don't think it will ever happen because our government is benefiting from drug money seizures, probably far more than they would from taxed sales. Having drugs illegal does NOT change the fact that people who want them will get them. It may discourage their use by some individuals, but most will just seek out the drugs anyway and face stiff criminal charges for doing so. Who ever gave our government the right to regulate what we put into our bodies? I know that I sure didn't, and I was never asked for my opinion either. There are large numbers of people (especially teens) who begin to try drugs simply BECAUSE of the fact that they are illegal. They enjoy the feeling of doing something they "aren't supposed to". There have been so many deaths and so much violence due to drugs being illegal and so hard to obtain. If all drugs where legalized but regulated in some manner there would be drastically reduced crime rates, our prison population would plummet (around 20 % of people arrested in 2011 were drug related), so much money would be saved (from Jan-March 2011 nearly 4 billion dollars where spent on this "War on drugs"), and I could go on and on about all the negative things about our governments current position on drugs. I truly believe that having them illegal does not prevent many from doing the drugs anyway. It may deter some of the more timid individuals, but for the most part if someone wants to get high they will do so. The only rule that there should be is the same as for alcohol and you must be 21 years old. And to all the idiotic people who say drug user=criminal/scum, why not try and put yourself into the shoes of others some time? You have no idea what may have driven that person to do what they do. You can sit on your soap box and hand out your judgments but unless you have been on both sides of the fence you have a narrow vision of what you're arguing against.
I feel a personal conviction being an ex-addict, to tell you firsthand that drug prohibition only amplifies an unwinnable situation. How so? You have a segment of the population that for whatever reason wants to consume drugs. Once you put up that legal wall saying addict=criminal (for possession alone), you have now created what we call an offmarket sale of drugs or what we call "the black market". You're probably thinking good, addicts are criminals and they SHOULD have to: maybe it will inspire them to quit. Well, that's usually not the case. The black market sale on anything usually sends the buyer further and further into crime. With drugs you have people who are not usually violent or criminals, they just need their drugs and don't have anywhere else to go. Drug prohibition puts these people right into the hands of the black market. You can either have a less harmful legalized market where treatment is encouraged or the same ol' war on drugs, and thus the criminal impact on society (think of the 60,000 death in Mexico in the last 5 years).
So what is the use to keep fighting if no one is going to listen? Not only will legalization make drug violence decrease, it will also put less stress on tax payers who have to pay for the idiots whom buy the wrong drug because they have to hurry. Yes there will be new taxes on the drug when buying just as there is still a tax on tea, but it will open new job opportunities (i.g: hookah houses, marijuana/cannabis coffee houses, more pharmacy workers, etc.). MDMA, LSD and psilocybin are all even sometimes recommended by therapists to help with psychiatric treatments. No the drugs will not be for everyone, and yes there will be regulation and prescriptions for most. More than half of Europe is in the wagon because they are smart enough to know the helping effects of drugs, so why not the U.S.of A?
It's Darwinism people. Kill of the stupid ones easier.
If drugs are legalized it would most likely stop drug deals and killings of people who can't pay the fine. Drugs would be more readily available to the public and man people would buy it only if they wanted to escape the world or were addicted to them. You can't stop or destroy drug addictions. It will help with less drug related abuse with teens since many teenagers in high school take drugs to rebel against their parents.
First off, soft drugs have no reason to be illegal. Cannabis, psycilobin, LSD, etc have been shown to be less neurotoxic and less addictive than alcohol, and they have additionally been shown to have medicinal benefits. Furthermore, in the case of LSD and cannabis, there is no risk of overdosing as well, so there is absolutely no reason outside of cultural ignorance for outlawing these substances.
In the case of the harder substances, such as MDMA, cocaine, or even heroin, consider this: would you rather have a world where the cartel are hanging people from bridges, the ghetto is run by gangs, and every drug addict has to deal with the risk of accidently snorting some rat poison? Or would you rather have a world where the cartel doesn't exist, and, to get drugs, these people go to lawful, heavily taxed stores, where they will also receive addiction support and information pamphlets with every purchase? The addicts will exist no matter what, and I think a well informed, peaceful, and free populace is better than an ignorant, violent, and coerced populace any day of the week.
Most people would agree that a perfect world wouldn't be inhabited by people addicted to methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and prescription pills. This is not the world that exists. Many people use and abuse various substances for various reasons. Sometimes it is for fun, sometimes it is an attempt to deal with problems, regardless it happens.
Does prohibition and hard sentencing help people stop using drugs? No, there is even drugs in federal prisons. Not only is that a widely known fact, it's symbolic of the entire problem.
Lets treat people as equals and not as criminals, scum and second class citizens. If a person is struggling with drug addiction we should help them if they are willing to get help. It's a problem and rehabilitation has been a better program than incarceration. If people go to prison they learn to be criminals. If they go to rehab and take it seriously, they learn how to be clean and useful in society.
If rehabilitation being better than incarceration doesn't convince you, maybe the fact that drug cartels and gangs become more powerful under prohibition will. Mexico is a drug war torn country. People are beheaded, hung, and beaten to death every day. If we had regulated drug sale and treatment centers there would be less violence. If cartels don't have drug money they have less members and less guns. That equals less violence. That might not stop them altogether, but it will significantly shrink them and that will better for society.
It's been proven in some parts of Canada and the Netherlands that when heroin is legally regulated there is less overdose. Professionals only allow non-lethal doses and supervise the actual usage of it so they can deal with possible overdose. They also don't "cut" their drugs with various chemicals with unknown consequences. They know what is being used, how it works, what it does, and how to deal with anything that goes wrong. Does that sound like a good idea to you? It should, because it's humane and scientifically sound. These are medical standards and procedures and they aren't a mystery, we can put these into effect now.
End the war on drugs and save lives. Create peace through acceptance.
Honestly it is a far cry harder to get alochol as a minor then it ever has any of the "illegal" drugs are. If all drugs were legalized, regulated and taxed such as alochol minors which everyone seems to be most worried about would actually be older before they were allowed free access leading them to much more education on what these drugs can do to you if abused and if they were to get into them early on the access wouldn't be unlimited like it is now with the ability to buy it on the street corner, further this would reduce the abuse and allow for someone to get them into a free fully funded program courtesy of the revenue from all the money generated from all the responsible adults who choose to unwind from their day in a way more responsible way than at the accepted barstool.
Legalize it and crime would drop rapidly. If people choose to do drugs it's their problem. Prohibit children from using it. Would be a boost to Americas economy as well because you could tax it. All those drugs cartels would lose money and people losing their heads and limbs every day in Mexico would most likely end.
While I do believe that the government should legalize natural, non-lethal drugs, like marijuana, I do not believe that they should legalize synthetic drugs that can easily cause brain damage, or even death with one use, like crystal meth and ecstasy. Some of the side effects of these drugs are the result of the drug itself being poison. So, for the government to legalize poison for consumption, it seems pretty counter-intuitive.
Legalizing drugs would be a very bad idea. People would abuse them just as they do alcohol and other things. Right now people use drugs but if they had easier access to them it would be so much easier to be an addict and also more accepted by everyone. There would also be many more drug related deaths.
The people who make a living off of selling drugs aren't suddenly going to go to the straight and narrow if drugs become legal. They are going to find new illegal activities to do. Drug violence won't stop, it will simply become another type of violence and that is a fact.
The legalization of all drugs would dominate this world. I am not saying that the government should be able to control our every move but there are certain laws that, as a majority, people agree with. Curiosity is human nature and most drugs are very addictive. If drugs were legalized there would be many law abiding people who would get addicted. I think we all have known at least one drug addict in our lives. It may not be someone close to us but a friend of a friend etc., so we know what drugs can do. Drugs can make otherwise good people do some very stupid things. Many would quit going to work because they needed to get "their fix". Crime would rule as people would need more and more money to fulfill their growing habit. Sure crime stats would go down on the drug charges but is really worth self destruction?
Alcohol was legalized, and is proven to be worse than all illegal drugs put together, because it is so easy to get a hold of. I believe that if we legalize drugs, the number of abusers will rise, the crime rate will rise and the mortality and overdose rate will rise.
Legalize pot because its natural and no one has died directly from using it. Its the same old song and dance just so an addict can get their drugs without being punished for using them.
To follow this line of thinking you cannot draw the line and say only some drugs are okay and safe while other are to hard and dangerous.
Yes pot is a gateway drug, if not for those people who use it and don't use anything else, then as a gateway to allow more down the line.
Sorry but no go. Zero tolerance is the only acceptable answer. Some people say I have a right to choose what I do to my body. I can use drugs if I want to as long as no one else is hurt then there is no problem. False, if nothing else then the very essence is that YOU are hurting YOURSELF. You have the right to make the right choices and society has the right to make sure certain things are not even a option to choose from. Also if nothing more then you do not have a right to become a burden to the rest of society by choosing to. Some people have no choice but to need help and they deserve our help, but to make yourself need the help of others by choice is abuse to society.
Do not use drugs and there would be no issues related to them. IF you do drugs then you should seek help and give them up. A world without addicts is a better world then one where we support and aid them in remaining addicts.
Because do you see a drug addict become a person in a career? NO! So this will just make drug dealers worse. Now they are just like, okay I need to hide this, but if they are legalized they're going to be like okay no one will care. I think none of you people want your kids to grow up and have diseases and die at a young age because of your neighbor smoking drugs. So I think they government should NEVER LEGALIZE DRUGS!
People suffering from addictions are unable to function in society. They become a costly burden to all taxpayers. Liberals hope to persuade the populace that everyone does it so why not legalize it. Well guess what, everyone does not. There is a large, building population of responsible Americans who have had it with liberal ideology. This ideology is not practical but it certainly is expensive.
Just because they make drugs legal doesn't mean that everything is going to be better and the drugs war will stop. Drugs are NOT going to be free, you still have to pay for them. Also, imagine the children and teens. Your teenage years are the years where your brain is developing. Teens are most likely to try drugs out just because they're legal and eventually will get addicted. This will lead to more health problems, lower life expectancy, more mentally unstable children, and more abuse. This is not okay.
First it'll start with weed then it'll go to meth, then crack, and so on, until the government is basically making most of their money from the sales of drugs, alcohol, weapons, and taxes. People will end up becoming too reliant on the government and that's when we'll start losing other things. Slowly sure, but it'll happen.
Obviously prohibition has failed dramatically, especially the US War on Drugs which has not been able to produce any significant reduction in demand for illicit substances. However, there is not only two answers to this question, in answering no to legalizing all drugs I am not saying that we should not undergo some serious reforms in current drug control policy!
Those who are pointing to the legal status of alcohol and tobacco need to understand that argument is as much in favor of prohibition as it is in legalization. Yes, alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than some drugs such as cannabis, which is currently illegal in most countries, but on the other hand it is easy see how much of a burden these substances are on society.Tobacco in particular has huge death rates which are undoubtedly due to its high user rates and easy accessibility. This obviously creates a huge burden on the health services particularly those that are not privatized. Similarly, while removing the illegal status of some drugs may reduce enforcement costs, they will not be eliminated and substantial costs will be created in enforcing various laws regarding driving under the influence, selling substances to minors etc.
It is far more reasonable to look at mid-way solutions to this problem like decriminalization of certain types of drugs, marijuana in particular. The decriminalization of drugs in Portugal provides an interesting example of this. Drug rates have not increased dramatically and more resources have gone to treating addicts, providing drug consumption rooms, needle exchange programs and other harm reduction strategies.
The UK Transform Drug Policy Foundation offer some other valuable policy reform ideas which could tackle the problems of prohibition without exposure to the dangers of full legalization.
Finally to put it in a perspective most young people can relate too. If you got to a party now, there is likely to be a table of everyone's alcohol and if a young person or someone who hasn't drank before was at that party, they would likely try some alcohol because its there and everyone else is doing it. Now imagine in a world where all drugs were legalized and on that table there are a variety of drugs, from weed to cocaine and heroin. That kind of exposure of youth to these substances would work in exactly the same way as alcohol in that there is a binge drinking culture among teens.
Governments should not legalize drugs, if they did the number of abusers (including adults, children and specially teenagers) will rise because people would be able to find drugs easier, in fact every supermarket would sell drugs, they would win A LOT of money, don't you think? On the other hand, crime would not stop if that's what you're thinking. People would commit other type of crimes because of the pleasure they feel when doing this.
I understand why people would support the legalization of illicit drugs, however I see it as unnecessary and harmful to society as the negative effects of the drugs would have a huge impact on people, especially young adults. Drugs which are not currently legal are illegal for specific reasons, and it's important that it stays this way because illicit drugs have positive and negative effects on people. The negative effects outweigh the positives, thus they would be harmful to society.
The only thing they do is cause pain, misery, suffering, and overall terrible lives for people. Even if the drug doesn't kill you, you must realize that if one gets a satisfying high, then they are going to suck their wallets dry buying said drug until they are dead broke and on welfare. Making drugs illegal will obviously not stop this abomination of a society we have today, but it will save many people from one of the darker parts of this planet earth.
Marijuana is the only drug that should be legalized, it's non-lethal and everybody already smokes it. If it were to be legal the government could tax it. It grows from the ground so whats the problem? Its non-addictive and helps cancer patients. Its a miracle plant if you ask me.
Drugs are the most dangerous things on earth, its argued that drugs are more dangerous than driving a car whilst drunk. Of course you have the legal drugs such as Caffeine, Prozac and even Alcohol but those aren't as likely to kill you as say Heroin or Cocaine, think of the amount of people who have done so much harm physically, emotionally and mentally because they have used or still do drugs. Think about people like James Brown the millionaire who snorted so much cocaine his nose actually collapsed, and once your hooked its extremely difficult to come off them. It has been tried and tested on not just animals but on humans too that if you start with something like cannabis, you're more likely to go for something stronger such as LSD so that you can get a better and longer lasting high and after that you still want more and you go on to worse like cocaine, you're feeding the addiction and eventually when you're craving is still not satisfied you turn to heroin. Then you can die, even with the slightest over dose. Why legalise something that is more harmful to you than pretty much most things mother nature has come up with?
There is a reason why drugs are illegal because the are harmful to our bodies and the government should not legalize just so people can have easier access to them? No it is not necerassry it will effect our society even more. When people take drugs it messes with their head and they don't think straight so it could cause harm to other people not just regular people but also families physically and emotionally!
Come on people lets think clearly without false notions. If the government was to legalize all drugs the only thing they would accomplish would be creating a more unproductive nation. They would also take away the careers of those individual who work in the D.E.A or the Drug Enforcement Administration.
There is medical research available for any drug that is not legal, and there are extremely valid reasons why they are considered illegal. Just because something is available doesn't mean we need to have legal access to it. We have tall bridges available to us, but do we want to have the legal right to jump to our deaths from them? It's the same thing. The ban is saving lives.
I have heard the debate a million times about how legalizing drugs will make most people stop using them. No - it will only make them stop getting into trouble for using them. Lots of people abuse alcohol, even though it is legal. The idea that it will stop all of the crime is just ludicrous. Should we make burglary and murder legal so that we can say we have no criminals?
It is a known fact that people driving under the influence of drugs,whether it's marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy etc. are the cause of many avoidable accidents causing death, injury, as well as property damage. Why legalize such potentially lethal drugs? This would only make them easier to obtain, use, and cause harm to the user and innocent others.
While some drugs have beneficial properties in specific situations, there are many more which have no redeeming qualities that are beneficial to society in general, and many actually cause more harm. There are too many examples of medications the FDA has removed from the market after long-term research shows they are causing more deaths than the lives they are saving. This holds true for both prescribed medications & those illegally produced and used.
Although drugs are currently illegal, it is still very easy for minors to get their hands on many different kinds of drugs. Legalizing drugs will only make it that much easier. Take alcohol as an example - children in high school and middle school are able to get alcohol easily. If drugs were to be legalized, it would facilitate these children getting them as well. That would just lead to more accidents and overdoses.
Legalizing all drugs may lead to various social problem like drug addictions, medical problems and various other medicinal side effects. If all drugs are legalized, the drug manufacturers will fiddle with the various drug manufacturing processes and start manufacturing in their way. All drugs have to pass a certain level of standards in order to be launched on the market.
Legalizing illicit drugs would only create more problems than it would solve. However, if we went after the pushers instead of the users, we might get a better handle on the problem. Incarcerating drug addicts does not help them rehabilitate and only creates a burden to tax payers. Drug lords and large traffickers and pushers should be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law and should be imprisoned indefinitely.
There are two major categories of drugs - those which can impair the user but have no direct impact to people around the user, and those which can cause the user to become violent to people around the user. For example, a person who smokes pot might laze around but a crack addict is more likely to commit felonies or possibly even attack people. It is irresponsible to enable this latter category, even though there are already laws to prevent the final crimes.
Legalizing drugs might help with the violence associated with the illegal drug trade. But it would most likely create a whole new set of problems. For one if you we legalize drugs and thus make them more available to people because they are legal then we would experience an explosion of drug abuse and addiction because they are addictive and legalizing them would remove their addictive properties.
There are some drugs that are so unsafe that they should not be legally usable by anyone for any reason. One example would be thalidomide, which was found to cause cancer. When safety studies have found no potential benefit from a drug to anyone, the drug should be made illegal. Many of the drugs used by addicts today such as marijuana and (No Suggestions) are actually prescribed by medical professionals in specific situations. These drugs could be legalized, allowing governments a new revenue source as there could be a tax on the drugs tied to their legal purchase. Violent crime related to illicit drug use might decline making cities safer, and the new revenue from marijuana, (No Suggestions), and other drug taxes could go towards increased police protection and other essential services.
Libertarians and Liberals make the argument "My body my choice". But has anyone ever heard of second hand smoking? If one person smokes marijuana it won't just go to their bodies like alcohol, the other people around them will ingest that stuff too which can make them sick even against their own will. That is another violation against liberty because whoever inhales the marijuana smoke will make themselves sick against their will even if they do not want to ingest it. There is no amendment in the constitution that says we have the right to have drugs, only the fourth one which says the government can't search your house without a warrant.
Imagine if you are a minor at a party and everyone else is drinking alcohol, wouldn't you feel compelled to drink? It's nearly the same case with marijuana and other drugs. Drugs do not truly benefit you in life because of how dangerous they are to you. Some people claim that this is the same argument with guns. You do not feel safe with drugs, you cannot defend yourself with drugs, and you cannot have good sportsmanship with illegal drugs in your body. The only reason I want marijuana legalized is for medical use only because it is under control by a doctor. Medical Marijuana has benefits and I believe it's only to be used for those benefits prescribed by a doctor. So in conclusion, marijuana and other drugs are bad for legalization because marijuana can affect others when they inhale it.
I see that people need to stop this drug use it is affecting there lives emotionally,physically and mentally drugs should be banned in Canada. These drugs are life threatening and it changes a person every day. Friends can have shocks right in front of you with their drug consumption. That's what I think
Although I agree that some drugs should be legalized, NOT ALL SHOULD BE. Some, like marijuana and LSD should be legalized because there have been many studies proving the benefits. But saying all drugs should be legalized is crazy! That's including METH and HEROINE and COCAINE they all do horrible things. Yes, you get high but losing teeth, clogging veins, ruining the inside of your nose....OR DEATH (from all of these death could be the result from just one use) doesn't sound like a good reason to legalize all drugs. I mean, if you want to eliminate some of the population because there's to many of us then I guess that's one way to do it. You're stupid if you think ALL drugs should be legalized. GOODBYE
Only ignorant people say that. When you use drugs, you are not aware of yourself. You are not thinking straight and you are irrational. There's not drug that you take and you're perfectly cognizant. Therefore, in order to protect the innocent public from STUPID FOOLISH IDIOTS THAT HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO BUT SOMETHING ILLEGAL they have to make drugs illegal. Just the same as drinking and driving is illegal. Get your lives together folks, seriously. Just because everyone is doing it, doesn't mean we should give in and make it legal
I don't believe legalizing is a good idea for the soul purpose that it would cost taxpayers and the government way more then to just keep them illegal. I mean just look at the statistics 3/4 of all people on welfare are drug abusers. And the money they get in welfare goes all to drugs so the require more welfare the only reason why they cant get a job is drug testing if you weren't a drug abuser you probably could get a good job and good money. And at the same time you blame the government for keeping you down but in all reality you keep yourselves down drugs should never be legalized !!!!!!
Not at as the drugs induces crime and hence will pose a threat for the society at large we will have increased percentage of rapes ..Theft ...Etc.. Also it may effect the health of the citizen and may be a cause to originate new kinds of diseases in humans.....So therefore for a better society .. Better health ..Better economic condition the government should not legalize the drugs
Legalizing drugs would increase the usage by people even f the are taxed for it. And when people get there hands on it it will be easier for a younger crowd to get a hold of it and become addicted. Legalizing drugs would also increase the rate of crime because more people would rob drug stores to obtain the drugs in the store. NO money would be saved because it would all go to paying for the increased fatalities, fetal deformities, workplace inefficiencies, and other problems that drugs cause. Nothing i have just said is a fact it is just my opinion
All of them! If legal it would be commercialized. The companies would control you! All drugs would be cheap making the poor unaware of the capitalist system which is destroying there lives. If drugs were legal, there would be a lack of good ideas. There would be less people voting. Face it: The government wants drugs legal, so they can manipulate you!
Everyone arguing yes for this debate are probably the ones who would be the first ones to buy the legalized drugs. And everyone arguing no would be the successful workers who are making extra money because so many people stopped showing up to work, Legalization would lead to a dirty world with needles in the streets. Is that really what you want your kids to play with at the park?
I say that is a terrible idea because we already have enough problems with drugs what we dont need is for the people to get there hands on legal drugs to do something that can end fatal. Like at the moment people are bringing in illeagl drugs. There has to be a reason why they are illegal. Probably they are dangers. Imagion if they became legal, now say a person left the drugs out in the open and a child gets ahold of it, how do you think this will end. Thats why i say we shouldnt leaglize. Think about the children.
Legalizing illicit drugs would only make them more easily available and more people would be enticed to use them. Alcohol is legal and that is used and abused far more than other drugs. It is much more available and therefore more people decide to try it. If illicit drugs are made legal, they will only become more available and then people will be more inclined to try them because they are easier to get. Of course, this begins a downward cycle because if more people are taking drugs, then others will believe it is okay too and soon they are being used as much as alcohol, except for the fact that many of the drugs have much worse affects on the human body than alcohol.
I feel if we were to legalize all drugs we would stop fighting about it but it would because more of a mess because we wouldn't have the responsibility of going to work or trying to have a well lived life. Instead we would lay around stoned all the time.
The more we chase profit and ignore morals, the worse we become. If we honestly want our country, and all countries, to prosper, we need to focus on better the people, and this can only be done with good, strong morals. Look at every single nation that has failed in the past. They were wealthy, and prospering, world leaders, and when they chose ignored morals, it lead them to their failure.
Sure the potential crimes in the streets will go down because it would be sold in stores. The fact of the matter is that nobody in the right mind will EVER legalize ALL drugs. There are way to many what if scenarios that will be brought up. On top of that, the legal system will have twice as much work to do and we all know how "fair" the justice system is. Leaving it as is leaves some people unhappy, but it keeps our world safer.
1. Illegalizing all drugs will make streets and cities a safer place for everyone. A survey completed in October 1987 by Wharton Econometrics for the U.S. Customs Service, 739 police chiefs blamed 1/5 of murder and rapes, 1/4 of car thefts, 2/5 of robberies and assaults and 1/2 of the nations bugglaries and thefts on drugs; and by making drugs legal these numbers will probably double, which is not a good thing. Also society will be much better off without drugs because these numbers will go down instead of increasing.
2. By legalizing all drugs it would be the complete opposite. Instead of the streets and cities being safe, they will be full of danger and crime. They will be like this because crazy people who will be high on drugs will be walking around town doing nothing but bad things and also some companies may shut down because people will be busy doing what they're not suppose to do instead of focusing on their work and responsibilities.
I don't know that what we are doing is best way to go but legalizing drugs will not make it less of a problem. The US already spends more on regulating legal drugs like prescriptions, tobacco and alcohol than all the illegal drugs and more people die from the legal drugs than from the illegal drugs. As for the gangs, organized crime did not go away when alcohol became legal it increased as street gangs developed while the mafia just shifted it's dealings to other areas and expanded protection taxes on people selling legal drugs. The mafia got smarter and didn't do the wild west shootout thing to bring themselves attention but they are still just as dangerous. Now when people cross them their bodies don't line the streets as much as fill the bottom of lakes or unmarked graves.
The war on drugs is an ongoing battle. Many believe that legalization of all street drugs would end the violence, save the country billions and even make the country billions. I agree that the "war on drugs" is wasteful. We spend $41.3 billion a year to enforce drug probation and $1 million (if that) on treatment/prevention. However, violence would increase as the demand for drugs increased. It is currently happening in Denver, the supply and demand of weed has doubled gang violence. When the cartels start to lose money because there is no longer a need for the black market, they will begin "cutting" out the competition. Changes to the judicial system in regards to charges will decrease prison population. Seattle has a new program called LEAD, which helps lower grade dealers/users find housing, work and treatment without filling the court/jail system. I believe America needs to shift it efforts to treatment instead of the criminal aspect of drugs. On then would we see a change in drug use in America.
Letting the government legalize all drugs could cause a huge disaster. People could get drugs and use them when ever they want. This could cause HUGE problems. He/she could go on a rampage, kill lots of people, and hurt or kill themselves. They could buy and sell them again to earn money. They could overdose, hurt or kill themselves, waste money, and much much more!!!
Some drugs (the hard ones) are way too bad for peoples health and for the sustainability of the social order. Those drugs do not only harm the consumer, but makes other vulnerable to the behavior of the addict.
Soft drugs, on the other hand, should be legalized, since its prohibition has only increased narco traffic.
I think that some drugs should be legal, such as K2 or marijuana. These drugs are not gateway drugs, unless people let them be. Some other drugs are very harmful, such as crack and meth, and they should not be legal. Neither should any of the hard drugs, like heroin. That would just be stupid and wrong. Also, there needs to be more regulations on prescription drugs, because there sure are a lot of class action law suits out there now, and there are way too many over-medicated children and people in this country, because of depression or ADHD. It is getting stupid.
Unless it is for medical purposes, why legalize all drugs? it allows easier access for people who are addicted to gain access to any dug of their choice. Even children who are growing up with the idea that drugs are bad will not care as much if they are legal, more and more people will become addicted and even die early because of it.
This is a tough question for me. There are certain drugs, such as heroin and meth, that are SO dangerous that everything possible must be done to eradicate their usage. However, there are many other drugs, such as marijuana, LCD, mushrooms, and ecstasy, that, when regulated, are no more dangerous to the average person than alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine. In this case, I think legalization and regulation would actually prove beneficial. First and foremost, people would know the exact strength and substance of what they were getting, virtually eliminating any of the risks associated now. Second, it would eliminate a lot of violent crime surrounding the illegal drug trade, keeping people safer and keeping nonviolent offenders out of jail and off the taxpayer’s payroll. Third, it would benefit the economy, as the government could tax these substances in the same ways it taxes alcohol and tobacco.
I can live with and even support the legalization of some drugs, but legalizing ALL drugs for ALL ages is just idiotic because drugs cause all kinds of stuff to people (overdoses, addiction, treatment and rehab programs) all of which take a heavy toll on taxpayers. Im sure that some adults could adequately handle how much they intake, but teens and kids would end up getting themselves killed through their own ignorance and stupidity.
While I do support the legalization of marijuana, I am completely opposed to the idea of legalizing all drugs. Drugs, like cocaine, crack and heroin, not to mention other amphetamines and barbiturates, present a high risk for addiction, not to mention overdose. Making these drugs legal would present a huge danger to society, not to mention an added strain on the medical industry and law enforcement.
like i said anyone in favor is scum put all the drugies in ther own state and see how long they live lol
I think that some drugs should be legal, such as K2 or marijuana. These drugs are not gateway drugs, unless people let them be. Some other drugs are very harmful, such as crack and meth, and they should not be legal. Neither should any of the hard drugs, like heroin. That would just be stupid and wrong. Also, there needs to be more regulations on prescription drugs, because there sure are a lot of class action law suits out there now, and there are way too many over-medicated children and people in this country, because of depression or ADHD. It is getting stupid.
I hear too often the statement “This law will always be broken and therefore we should just make it legal”. To me this has the same effect of saying “Well people are always going to kill each other and so we should just make murder legal” or any breakable law for that matter. The idea of having a justice system ruled by the general publics’ integrity or particularly lack thereof, is a thought that frightens me deeply.
Status quo – drugs are illegal, for this to be the case we have to assume there is logical and strong reasoning behind this. Firstly I believe it is not only the governments mandate to protect their people from such things, but is also in their best interest to keep their population away from this harm. I think this is a case where the government does have the right to interfere with the situation. Why do I think it will be in their interest? This is simple, the more drug addicts the higher healthcare costs, the weaker the work force will become and the continued internationally perceived taboo of a now legalized drug market will just increase.
The law of illegal drugs is a general detergent from the use of drugs, it discourages people from the use of them whether it’s a gateway drug like marijuana or class A drugs such as heroin or cocaine. This law poses as a warning to people. They know that drugs will cause significant harm, majority, to their health but also to the people surrounding them. Drug abuse causes mental, physical and social harm.
Do we really want a bunch of crack heads and meth heads, etc, etc running around our community for children to see and look up to? No, that would be the dumbest thing I think America could do. If a crack head can go to the store and buy some crack, of course they're going to!