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Old 04-12-2015, 12:15 PM
 
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The only real argument isn't just emotional, it's also moral.

It is not necessarily immoral to do drugs. Use does not hurt others. Stealing or driving high would remain illegal, as they affect others.


PCP, crack, heroin, meth.. are all highly addictive drugs that ravage the mind and body. Legalizing highly addictive substances will not lower usage, crime or overdoses.

Sure, the drugs are bad. I don't disagree with that. I try to talk people out of using them. But that doesn't mean they should be illegal. Prohibition creates organized crime. Look at what alcohol prohibition did. People were dying from poison gin. When it was made legal again this stopped. If the strength of heroin was consistent, like any pharmaceutical and alcohol, overdoses would drop off. Many die from getting a strong batch.

All that would "likely" happen is the creation of more addicts to generate even higher demand and employ more illegal drug dealers.

Now, the national legalization of marijuana, that's a different story.

Edit: Maybe not many people making bathtub gin anymore; but there is still illegal moonshine. Even a TV series glorifying it.

Legailization woul not create illegal dealers. Drugs could be regulated and sold in shops like cannabis is in Colorado. The people opening dispensaries are not the same people that were selling it on the street.

Today, people purchase homemade moonshine primarily for nostalgic reasons, not because alcohol can't be obtained legally. It is more expensive for an individual to make grain alcohol than for a distillery.

I doubt this would happen with drugs like meth anyhow. Alcohol has a much wider range of flavors than other intoxicants. There are few meth connoisseurs.

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Old 04-12-2015, 01:04 PM
 
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Portugal still hasn't legalized drugs. They've decriminalized many of the offenses for drug use and focused on rehabilitation as a penalty for addicts and those with less than a 10 day supply. Which, is a direction I would like to see here in the U.S.
I tend to agree.
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