Would the legalization and taxation of drugs be a boon to society?

  • Yes, Start with decriminalization (like Portugal) and move to full on legalization.

    If we do get rid of the abomination called the “War on Drugs” most people still won’t do drugs (just like people choose not to use Tobacco or Alcohol).

    At least this way:
    1) The quality would be better (less OD’s)
    2) No need for gangs anymore (bye bye Cartels)
    3) No more gang culture and kids being introduced to gun and gang culture just to make money as big pharma can regulate and tax)
    4) More addicts can get help using things like Ibogane (which has shown great results for addiction treatment)
    5) People will be able to take part in great healing tools such as DMT in a safe and professional setting which can help with depression, PTSD, etc (less soldiers offing themselves and we could actually help all the folks who are on SSRI’s instead of crap drugs that don’t work)
    6) No child left behind (kids would be more apt to go to school rather than to their corner)
    7) No person left behind (addiction is a disease, should not be a crime)
    8. Bye Bye DEA. (That should free up some tax money)
    9. Bye Bye over crowded privatized jails (over filled with harmless citizens—that should free up some tax money)
    10) Hello free will! (Where have you been all these years? We’ve missed you).

    People who say no, are not thinking clearly. They’ve either never done drugs (and fear them) or they had a family member affected by them negatively (guess what, the main reason anything negative happened was because of the fact they are illegal, unregulated, and ridiculously stigmatized to the point people are afraid to ask for help).

    All the war on drugs is doing is holding us back. It’s time to stop with this mess our idiot politicians made and take our freedoms back.

    If yousay no, at least put in the drugs you’ve tried so that we know you’renot just parroting some inane rhetoric because you’ve been fear mongered and opressed for so long. It’s 2018, the information age. No need for big brother to hold our hands and definitely no need for peoples lives to be ruined for experimenting with drugs. Prohibition doesn’t work, never has, never will.

  • More stuff for the community

    If you tax more on drugs schools, parks, etc could have more stuff cause if there was a 10% tax on drugs if some body bought 100$ worth of drugs 10$ would go some ware to help out people. So i think that tax would be good cause it could help people out

  • More possibility for reformation

    If drugs were legal, there would be less shame that those addicted would feel. Therefore it would be more socially acceptable for people who were afraid to be able to ask for help without the fear and shame attached to engaging in illegal activities. Resources to assist people who were suffering the most could be more widely available because health centers will have a more accurate idea of the severity of individual cases. Illegality I believe invokes a fear in people that prevents them from asking for help, because they are afraid of being disciplined by the justice system, outcast by society and brow-beaten by family.

  • I take drugs

    Drugs are amazing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • I take drugs

    Drugs are amazing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • I take drugs

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  • Legalization and taxation will help combat the war on drugs

    A lot of money is spent enforcing anti drug laws and imprisoning people for using drugs. The money could be put to much better use, if you better educate the youth with better programs you can prevent more people from turning to drugs. Taxing the drugs would generate revenue to combat the problem. A lot of schools just tell a child to "just say no" without teaching them anything about the drugs. This becomes ineffective when teenagers begin to question adult authority. Similarly to how a toddler behaves because they believe Santa clause will bring them gifts only if they are good. Being illegal one cannot realize they have made a mistake and seek medical treatment, doing so would land them in prison, so they seek no help and heir condition worsens, this is counter productive. If drugs can be obtained legally people will have no need to make deals with dangerous dealers, reducing crime not increasing it.

  • Balance The Budget

    I support the use of ANY drug as long as the person is on their own property and not harming others, some drugs could be used anywhere like marijuana, but to get to the point: Legalization will mean it is no longer a crime, if it is no longer a crime then we will have less criminals, less criminals means less people in jail, less people in jail means less tax money spent on the private prison corporations which are the only entities in our way to legalize drugs because they will lobby to the death in order for their prisons to make money. And if we're going off of a religious/moral standpoint, I am not of the Judeo-Christian religions but God made everything on Earth for his creations (except the tree of knowledge) so if marijuana is a plant, that should be FAR more legal than alcohol which is a man-made creation, not a God-made one, other examples for this argument include peyote, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and other psychedelic plants.

  • End the violence

    The goverment would have billions in revenue to build an education system that works. The us goverment has an education rating less than that of north korea. That is a disgrace in the second richest country in the world. Besides that we could in invest in clean energy programs that could stop global warming.

  • I am hiv postive

    Being an HIV Positive patient, the use of Marijuana assist with keeping my appetite good as well as assisting with me maintaining my weight. I don't get out of wack and is still able to complete several tasks required of me on the computer. This also keep me focused and level headed at all times.

  • I disagree that the legalization and taxation of drugs would be a boon, or benefit to society, since drug use can influence the crime rate.

    The legalization and taxation of drugs would definitely not benefit a society. First of all, there are drugs (such as cocaine) that are illegal for a very good reason. For example, crack/cocaine can make a person very irritable and violent - even violent enough to commit murder. Taxing drugs will not do a lot of good since they are addicting and drug users will purchase them anyway. In general, I strongly believe that drugs should be prescribed by a doctor of physician to be considered legal.

    Posted by: echagina
  • Yes, if drugs enter the mainstream world of taxation and business then we will have fewer criminals and less expense taking care of the criminals.

    Because drug use is illegal, prisons are brimming with people with drug convictions. This is very expensive for a society in more ways than one. The US has the highest percentage of its population incarcerated when compared to other countries of the world. This damages families and communities. If drugs were legal and the sale of them in the hands of the government and business then we wouldn't have nearly the number of criminals involved in the drug trade. Taxes gained from sales would also benefit society. I don't think there would be a huge increase in users either.

    Posted by: 54IInferno
  • No This idea should be discarded as impossible and undesirable.

    Prohibitionists frequently argue that marijuana legalization would not be a panacea for the United States' drug problems. In addition, problems arising from illicit trafficking in cocaine, heroin, PCP, methamphetamine, and other drugs might still occur, as would problems arising from simple use of marijuana.

    Posted by: JKlein
  • Yes it would but

    It would be in the same way that forcibly prostituting 11 year old would. There would most certainly be a huge demand and thus a huge win fall for the gov't treasury. But I most certainly do not want to live in a nation that would openly profit from other peoples misery. Do you? It also depends on the drug we're talking about. I would ban cigs and legalize pot in a second. But if we're talking crack umm, not so much.

  • Why do you think that its okay??

    Why do you think its okay to make this change? I mean if people that do drugs are killing for what they want now, if we tax it and make prices of it go up, there is going to be a lot more people killed. Stores that would sell drugs would be in danger. Because of this debate. If they kill now what makes you think that they wont kill someone behind a counter at some store??? Stop thinking of just users in jail and on the streets a lot of people would be in danger, and all we care about is the government?? Really its going to be bad with or with out this law. Instill we think of a better way I think keeping drugs of the street and out of peoples homes is a good thing.

  • Drugs Are Bad

    We shouldn't get money out of drugs because people could just by drugs for that. All drugs should be illegal. Less problems would occur if there were no drugs around. This would not boon at all, but cause even more problems. People need to STOP with drugs. Look at what they have done to our society so far.

  • Drugs Are Bad

    We shouldn't get money out of drugs because people could just by drugs for that. All drugs should be illegal. Less problems would occur if there were no drugs around. This would not boon at all, but cause even more problems. People need to STOP with drugs. Look at what they have done to our society so far.

  • Drugs Will KILL YOU

    Think about your family. Think about your awesome life. Think about your future family and your health. These drugs will affect you in everyday. Your appearance can change. Your families will die and you'll be in jail. Have a nice day and make right choices. This a really great world make it a good one.

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