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.
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.
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 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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.