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 51 Ian Ex Machina, Fri, 9th Dec '11 11:12:20 AM from Gone with the Chickens
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Whilst Alcohol is the most harmful in total ranking and in the social harm ranking, there are some drugs on there that are very high ranking in harm to the user.

I'm not advocating complete legalisation of every drug, but a lot of the less harmful drugs could probably stand to be legalised and regulated and taxed etc.
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I think in a better world, at the very least, marijuana would be legalized and regulated with the slew of information showing weed is no worse, or even less harmful, than alcohol and ESPECIALLY cigarettes.

But we as a country hate changing, no matter how much we claim not to.

[up] Exactly, I dont want crack to be legal, I hate the belief of "its their body" because its an addictive substance and good people who make one mistake can be ruined forever.

edited 9th Dec '11 11:31:05 AM by Thorn14

 53 pvtnum 11, Fri, 9th Dec '11 11:43:08 AM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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They can make Marijuana legal, I won't care. All things are lawful, but not all things edify, yadda yadda.

So, Charlie Sheen does a few lines, gets some free press and his shooting schedule for his show wasn't even impacted. Person in a economic-depressed area does that, they get prison time, lose their job if htey had one, and al the other crap, including having to survive their time in prison and not come out worse than when they went it.

This is not fair.

Celebrities and rich folk should not get a free pass to do some comunity service and free advetisement air-time so kids will buy more of their overpriced crap, while the common working or poor-class citizens gets the book thrown at them.

edited 9th Dec '11 11:43:53 AM by pvtnum11

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 54 USAF713, Fri, 9th Dec '11 12:40:19 PM from the United States
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All drugs should be legal, period.

Now, the question for me isn't legality, it's who is allowed to distribute such things. I would merely make things like meth only legally distributable through clinics where people taking it can be monitored. Nobody sane would recommend taking meth anyway, so I doubt making "cure meth addicts" a top priority would be disputed among the pro-legalization crowd.

And for the record, I hate drugs. All of them. We'd be better off without their destructive influences. That said, prison is not the way to deal with such things ad never has been, in my opinion.
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 55 pvtnum 11, Fri, 9th Dec '11 1:00:32 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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No, some drugs are genuinely bad.

Friend of mine asked a cop whey he wasn't going to bust the guy on the corner smoking a joint.

"He ain't hurting anybody by himself."

Drugs that make you a raging danger to society should not be legal. If that makes alcohol illegal, oh well.
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Alcohol is legal because its been the cornerstone of humanity since uh...civilization began.

Plus that whole prohibition thing did not work out so well.

 57 USAF713, Fri, 9th Dec '11 1:27:40 PM from the United States
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No, some drugs are genuinely bad.

Friend of mine asked a cop whey he wasn't going to bust the guy on the corner smoking a joint.

"He ain't hurting anybody by himself."

Drugs that make you a raging danger to society should not be legal. If that makes alcohol illegal, oh well.

Yes they should, and I do consider meth addicts to be walking menaces to society. However, when I say legal here, I mean "doctors can prescribe it, " not "it will be available for commercial sale." I'm content with banning the commercial sale of meth and having the possession of it an automatic one-way ticket to the rehabilitation centers, but when I say to make it legal, I mean don't have jail as the response, assuming "being a methhead" is their only crime...
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What possible medical reason is there for someone to be addicted to cocaine or meth?

 59 USAF713, Fri, 9th Dec '11 2:27:58 PM from the United States
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What possible medical reason is there for someone to be addicted to cocaine or meth?

Addiction itself is a medical problem. Drugs are the source, as is, often enough, someone's own incompetence or lack of willpower in conjunction with (more importantly) a horrible living environment. You treat the problem and you fix the person.

Jail doesn't do that—especially since it's rare that there aren't fifty different varieties of illicit substances floating about in the prison system...
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 60 pvtnum 11, Fri, 9th Dec '11 2:33:53 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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Thorn, you haven't heard of addiction...?

It messes up your brain, re-wires it, so you become dependent on it. Instead of taking a hit to get high, you take one to be normal. My wife knows a guy who has to smoke out a couple of times a day just to function as a human being.

I'm addicted to oxygen, myself.

Jail shouldn't be the end-all and be-all of punishmnts/corrective measures. We're jail-happy here. This is a problem.

edited 9th Dec '11 2:34:59 PM by pvtnum11

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