I am undecided.. I come accross a lot of people affected by drugs in my work, and while I accept that legalising drugs would have an almost immediate impact on directly related crime and have possible health benifits from the side effects of say e.g. dirty needles and the like... i think the use of Coke for e.g. could definitely increase and the social problems associated with that, although not as visible can be equally as extreme, I would like to see more studies done and I would like to see 'no holds barred' education on the issues in schools, if kids heard/seen have of what I have they would run a mile...
Let's just decriminalize them across the board. I really do not want the government regulating even more things, but I also thing that using drugs is a personal choice. So I don't like cops busting kids for smoking a little grass, nor do I like cops busting someone for using cocaine. Let people make their decisions and live with them.
Okay, Aries. There's one thing I like about your post, and one thing I don't.
The one thing I liked is your beret. Damn, that's cute (where can I get one?)!
You know the most first most noticeable consequence of legalizing drugs? The swift bankruptcy of drug lords, to be subsumed by far more efficient business firms. Prisons would quickly follow, as a large portion of their residents would vanish. And, of course, a sharp reduction in police corruption. Imagine a police force where its first priority would be going after actual criminals such as rapists, murderers, thieves, etc. Maybe they might catch a few more of them.
People who like using drugs are already using (and abusing them, in some cases) now. Same thing with alcohol prohibition. People were drinking and being alcoholics before and after.
I mean educate them in the sense of show them health videos and meet reformed addicts to tell their stories... not GIVE them drugs.... in case ... the Coke scene in Ireland has exploded and we are already seeing the repercussions... Highly publicised deaths and that kinda thing.. met a guy recently was cute.. kept disappearing to the toilet, until after one of the visits he came down with his nose pumping blood.. he confessed later that he had spent $400 on the stuff that day to 'celebrate'
I'd rest my case there - there are so many other points to be made against illegalization - but perhaps the principal one is that DRUG LAWS DON"T WORK! All they do is fill prisons, enrich corrupt cops, distract from solving real crime, and subsidize organized crime (the Mafia ballooned during US Prohibition in the 20s).
The question before is not about approving drug use. Generally, I think using mind-altering substances is a bad idea (my brain's warped enough as it is). Also, cigarette smoking is a terrible idea, and costs vastly more loss of life and health than do probably all illicit drugs combined. Same goes for booze.
The question is: SHould drugs be illegal? Completely different issue from whether or not we should partake of them.
I accept the points you're making, and I think I touched on them to a degree...you see the difficulty is.. and this is why I expound the educational route... people get into drugs thinking its a little 'fun', and because they think its 'cool' what they don't realise is somewhere down the line it will not be a choice anymore, it will be a need and at that point life loses its point, all they need is there next fix.. I've seen it... Heroine is by far the worst, but Cocaine is almost as bad.. I did the party circuit in London and Dublin.. not a pretty sight after a while..
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