Jenny - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 71 moms have responded )
I posted this in another topic on another board but I'd like to branch it out to a topic of it's own.
I believe all drugs should be legalised. Keeping readily available substances illegal is causing more harm to society than good.
First off, whoever would shoot heroin tomorrow if it was legal raise your hand. People don't do hard drugs because they are bad for you, not because you are "not allowed". People who do take hard drugs have issues going on that cannot be addressed with laws.
Second, a pound of marijuana should cost the same as a pound of potatoes or tomatoes. The reason the prices for drugs are so high is DIRECTLY related to the legality of them. Marijuana specifically is very easy to grow and maintain. People should not be murdered over the cost of a plant.
Third, you could destroy the revenue for organised crime overnight. Why was prohibition overturned? Because it was way more dangerous to society to keep alcohol illegal than it was to have government control over distribution. Does any here support making alcohol illegal again? It is the EXACT same rational for drugs.
Fourth, if cocaine and amphetamines were never made illegal, crack and meth would have never been invented. Legalizing drugs would allow quality control. When is the last time we were warned about a bad batch of beer on the streets? We have created a system where uneducated people are brewing this stuff in bathtubs. We could also have recommended dosages with quality control to help combat OD's.
Fifth, we already have an extensive network of pharmacies to control the distribution of drugs. At the point of purchase we could also have an extensive variety of outlets for counselling and other forms of treatment available. Billions of dollars are being spent on drugs every year and we are choosing to give that money to underground networks instead of towards our citizens. We have been successful in reducing smoking rates through education campaigns funded through taxes and it is becoming more and more socially unacceptable. We did this without making the substance illegal.
Last, I don't believe in legislating morality. I do not recogine the government's authority to tell consenting adults what they can and can not do with their bodies. The side effects of the illegal drug trade such as theft and murder ar ealready illegal because there is a victim. There is no victim in adult drug use.
Check out LEAP. It is a network of former police officers and legal experts who have formed to get the word out. We have been fighting a losing "war against drugs" for generations. Why would we ever expect different results in the future? It is actually a war on our citizens and it needs to stop.