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Old 01-17-2005, 10:52 PM   #1
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Heroin and cocaine and acid -- Oh My!

Soooo...let's talk about drugs.

I think that the "War on Drugs" is a major failure and should be scrapped. In it's place I'd like to see illegal drugs made legal (to adults), but their sale regulated (stores set up to properly handle the products and teach customers how to more safely use them). The drugs could be grown/processed/manufactured legally, which would reduce the amount of profits going to drug lords/terrorists and the like, and go instead to honest workers just trying to make a living. I'd also like to see much of the money now going to this "war" being used for drug education and treatment.

I don't think making currently illegal drugs legal would be a panacea, as some people would still become addicted, some would die of overdoses or other drug related causes, and there would still be drug related violence (but I do think that would be less as the legalization would lower the price of buying drugs and would also take away much of the danger inherent in illegal drug deals). I do think it would lessen the problems we as a society face from drug use, as the focus would shift from law enforcement to education and treatment, which I believe is much more proactive.
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Old 01-17-2005, 10:59 PM   #2
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I think you start off by making pot(it's God made, not addictive, and no long term side effects) legal first and then you slowly show the world how other drugs aren't nearly as bad as many of the prescription drugs out there are.
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While I don't see a problem with pot being readily accessible and legal....I'm nervous to see other things legalized, for many reasons...
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I think you start off by making pot(it's God made, not addictive, and no long term side effects) legal first and then you slowly show the world how other drugs aren't nearly as bad as many of the prescription drugs out there are.
I think pot impairs your motivation and ambition. I don't believe that drugs should be legalized - but I'm not sure about pot since it is an herb.

I'll never forget when I was a naive 14 year old and first exposed to pot. These kids would go in the woods and smoke it. I never thought much about it - but when I learned that it was marijuana that they were smoking I felt like a was transported into a Dragnet episode and was hanging around people on LSD.

indra, do you think addictive drugs should be legal too?
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I seem to recall that Sherlock Holmes had his 7 percent cocaine mixture.
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indra, do you think addictive drugs should be legal too?
Im not Indra, (obviously) but......

Alcohol is already legal.
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I thought that that being addictive was what made it a drug
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yay lets make drugs legal so people can get high and jump off buildings!!



sorry my parents lost many friends in the 60s due to that stuff.
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Old 01-18-2005, 05:49 AM   #9
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That did happen to some, but it is mostly an urban myth to deter drug use. IMO the 80's increase in cocaine use was much more widespread and destructive.

I'd support pot legalization, but mainly legislative reform to remove odious mandatory sentencing.
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i have no problem with pot being legalized. it's like alcohol in the form of a cigarette.
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But alcohol is cooler, you never see James Bond sitting around with a bong.
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Very true.
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The Edge likes the smell of the herb, btw. Realized that at the concerts when a friend puffed in his direction.
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I'm confused about this, but I tend to be in the "legalization" camp. If you legalize them and regulate them you put the drug lords out of business and give honest people jobs. By the same token, you're not going to be able to do anything about drug-induced violence, I think that's pretty hopeless. We can't solve all of our problems but maybe we can make some of them not quite so bad.
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Like most things you are damned if you do and bloody damned if you don't.
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