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As everyone knows, there are strong and differing opinions on current laws involving drugs ( alcohol included ). The views are all over the place with massive pros and cons that stick out on either side, from decriminalization, prohibition, legalization and regulation -- all choices have pros and cons.
Prohibition clearly does not stop drug use, it funds violent cartels of South and Central America, "terrorist" group linked Opium and Hashish farmers in the middle east and puts utterly massive amounts of people behind bars in this country every year. Is it really worth it to just have the legislation in place to support our notion that drugs are morally bad? Is there a more sensible option than prohibition? Are we losing the ethereal "War on Drugs"?
Some would argue that decriminalization may greatly decrease the amount of money being given to other countries, violent gangs and greatly reduce the population of our prisons. As well as allow people to make their own decision about what to do with their body. This sounds very appealing but it could be argued that decriminalization may fuel Americas appetite for drugs even more and make it easier for everyone, including minors to get their hands on drugs.
Legalization and regulation is another tempting proposition, it could allow all drugs to be similar to alcohol, the ability to buy drugs that are uncut and of standardized quality would prevent some deaths associated with drugs as well as keep people out of prison and out of harms way looking for drugs on the street. However, just like decriminalization, this may fuel our appetite for drugs and would it really be OK to sell heroin to a first time user inside of a government licensed drug store? Would this system be to easily exploited?
Are some drugs just to inherently dangerous to be anything but banned? Should some drugs be legalized, some decriminalized? Should we keep the system as it is and continue with our war on drugs?
You decide, you discuss. What is your opinion on drug legislation?
Below is my view:
Me, personally, Lucidx1. I believe that some drugs should be decriminalized to prevent money flow to warring cartels and middle eastern islamic drug traffickers. Throughout my life I have used many drugs and am actually a former methamphetamine addict. I believe some drugs should not be messed with but I do not know a proper way to legislate them.
I will start off by saying I think hallucinogenic drugs that pose little physical harm, like LSD, Mescaline, Shrooms, Tryptamines, Substituted Phens and many various others should all be decriminalized as they are mostly harmless and if good education and debunking of the myths surrounding psychedelic drugs was put in place at school it would prevent unfair stigmatization and uneducated and dangerous use.
I think that marijuana poses some danger, in some ways especially in the form of DUI hazard and it should be legalized for medical and recreational use, available from government vendors and taxed, but instead of being sold openly, one should lose their privileged to use the legal services if caught driving under the influence of it.
I believe that harder, more dangerous drugs, ones that pose threats of immediate physical harm, such as methamphetamine, opiates, cocaine and various other stimulants should be available legally from a registered clinic of distribution to people who can prove they are addicted to the substances and submit to entering a rehabilitation program paid for by the tax revenue of the medical marijuana industry. I say this because I have seen first hand the effects of hard drug addiction in myself and my family and I believe that if these drugs were decriminalized alongside the poor quality of drug education in the USA there would be more casualties. I think that education, help and support would be the best way to deal with these drugs.
This is just an overview of my views to anyone who was interested. I am curious to see what your views may be!
In: Your Say
Tags: drugs, decriminalization, regulation, prohibition, war on drugs, drug war, cartels, middle east, heroin, meth, marijuana, industry, rehab, system
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