Would drug legalization result in more drug abuse my minors?

  • Drugs availability is detrimental

    When buying candies kids need no permit and candies are sweet and enjoyable. Drug-lords in increasing their trade they would ensure that they create something that suits the market, minors in a form of Jelly as in South Africa. Legalising illicit drugs will see most young people being addicts increasing the number of school dropouts.

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  • Drug legalization would not limit minors' drug abuse

    Minors who are addicted to drugs can't stop themselves from taking drugs. They can spread their addiction to their friends really quickly by telling their friends to try drugs. Addicted minors who couldn't take drugs because of the laws would of course take more drugs if drugs are legalized. Drug legalization stopping drug abuse will never happen, because even with laws that go against legalizing drugs, they cannot stop minors from taking drugs.

  • Increased drug availability necessarily means increased use.

    There is certainly an argument for the side that says "teenagers will do them anyway, regardless of the legal consequences." I 100% agree that consequences (specifically for minors) do not have a big impact on drug abuse. That being said, legalizing drugs will increase access to the drug for certain teens who *might* do it...If it is available and easily obtained. It doesn't make a difference in terms of teens being scared of doing it because they are scared to get caught; but it does make a difference in terms of how easily accessible to them the drug is. And the more accessible a drug is, the more it will be used, and therefore, the more it will be abused.

    I also recognize the valid point that says legalizing drugs would actually have a deterrent effect because many minors partake for the "social capital" value, and that is minimized by legalizing the drug. However, I would point to the drug's own mind-altering effects, and reason that these authors are discounting the fact that drugs are, in fact, objectively fun to do while you are on them. Minors won't need the social capital bonus to partake in the drug if it's legal; they would do it just for the feeling itself.

  • Illegal does not mean attractive.

    The consumption of illegal substances is done by a minority of the population. Making this legal will only increase the number of people using the drugs. This can be seen in the opium bans in China and the prohibition era in the US. The consumption went down and not up.

  • Recreational Weed use... Emphasis on WEED is an obvious problem if handed to minors.

    It's a given when a minor is given something with the image of being "Fun". They will use it and eventually abuse it because of their naturally want to try new and or fun things. Handing it to them easily will only worsen the problem at hand. It's already a problem with smoking and alcohol.

  • Science says no

    Considering that tobacco and alcohol are legal, there must be a ton of kids doing them, right? No, because they're legal for adults, not kids. Drug dealers don't ask for ID, unlike a bartender or store clerk. Logically, the same also applies for cannabis and other illegal drugs. Most high school students say it's easier to buy cannabis than alcohol.

  • No damn way.

    If drugs were legal, and a heroin addict could sit on the sidewalk and do his thing, people would notice. People would begin to really realize whats wrong with the world. The problem is everyone cares too much about other people. You think if your kid went outside and seen someone shooting up they would think, "Hey i wanna try that."? No way. Drug awareness is one thing but seeing up front and personal what drugs do to people is the only way to stop the drug problem. People dont understand how important human life is until they see someone who has practically taken their own life.

  • It still wouldn't be legal for kids

    The same types of people would take drugs, regardless of whether or not it was legal. The straight edge citizen does not abstain because things are illegal. People are drawn to these things, and it doesn't matter whether or not the government approves. And anyway, children would not have any greater access to illicit substances if they were decriminalized.

  • Go read "in the realm of hungry ghosts".

    It would not. Definitely not. If you drugs were legal, would YOU become a drug addict? People are addicts because they have emotional and neurological unease, which is created by stress in early child. Its wise to fully research addiction and what it is about before you have an opinion on this.

  • No, it would not.

    I personally am aware that legal substances are harder to obtain as a minor, than illegal ones. Simply because legal substances can be regulated with ID and law enforcement focused solely on preventing minor's use. The notion that legalization of drugs will cause more drug abuse by minors is skewed. There is substantial evidence that not only has the war on drugs been a failure, but that it has increased drug use among minors and adults alike.

  • Not a chance.

    If all illegal recreational drugs were legalized i sincerely doubt it would be done without any sort of regulation. Alcohol and tobacco are much harder to get a hold of for kids than drugs are. That's how it was when i was in highschool and that's the way it will stay unless drugs are legalized. The argument that kids would use drugs more is aside from the point but has been brought up here enough for me to address it. It simply will not happen more if regulations such as those on tobacco are implemented. As for increased usage, that has been statistically disproven in countries that have legalized marijuana use and it stands to reason that will hold true with other drugs. Research chemicals are easily acquired online, legal and some provide a pretty decent high for the price point but do you see anything in the news about rampant BZP use or the like? No. There is no proof on which to base the argument that it would increase drug use. It makes sense that it would at a glance but if you look at the numbers, prohibitions only effect is to put more people in jail and more tax free money in dealers pockets. Legalization would also produce billions in profit, create new jobs and with that taxes, reduce drug related violence and to top it all off the money saved and earned by legalization could go to drug research and education. Legitimate education, not scare tactic propaganda. People using drugs responsibly is not an issue.

  • Heck no!

    As a high school junior I have experienced the impact of drug abuse on my peers. As children we have a sense of rebellion; we naturally seek to impress our friends with being rebellious. True, this doesn't apply to all individuals. Rather, it is a generalization. Where I come from legal drugs such as tobacco are abused far less than illegal drugs such as cannabis or cocaine.

  • No, it would not, coming from a teenager in high school.

    The question is asking if drug legalization would result in more abuse by minors but all the responses are from adults. As a teenager now, I can confidently say that the legalization of drugs would not increase the abuse rate. If you asked me if it was easier to get marijuana or alcohol, I would say marijuana, along with every single person I know. You have to know someone of age to buy alcohol yet with weed, anyone with money can purchase it. It's much more enjoyable to do something that is easily available instead of having to call up people or ask around to see if someone can score you a bottle. Either way, kids are going to experiment with drugs and alcohol and whether it is legalized or not kids will continue. People just need to learn yes, you can smoke a joint or have a drink, but do it responsibly.

  • Absolutly not.

    If the drugs were legalized then most kids will of course be excited and start doing it. But, it will die down because it will be a common thing and there will be no joy in doing something different from everyone else. Humans get a thrill from doing something they are not supposed to do. So when it becomes legal, they will no longer see the thrill. Also, there will be a age limit on how old you can be to buy the drug. So this will be harder for kids to get ahold of the drugs when they are not able to buy it. There will always be a chance that people will still use it when they are not supposed to, but waying the facts, I would have to say this would not lead into more drug abuse because it will be taking out the thrill and the reason most kids are doing now.

  • Recreational drugs are a social rebellious activity.

    I have the belief that marijuana is in much use due to the fact it is illegal to be comsumed. Teens do it to set themselves apart as cooler kids from among the rest, the type who take risks. Just take a look at the stats for cigarettes, they've been eroding slowly for many years now; it's not an attractive thing to do. Also, cigarettes are somewhat harder to get as you have to purchase them with ID at a store. Marijuana could be more easily obtained from a friend or dealer faster.

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