Accepting risks for the sake of personal freedoms is also an accepted price for all free societies. That's why freedom is not for *****'s.
Ok, now that the formalities are over, I seem to have realized that you are looking at drugs as Crystal Meth, heroine, perhaps cocaine, mandrax, and all the hard drugs that would maybe push a person over the edge.
However, you are only taking things from a very one sided account because you are taking things from the media, whom tell you stories about the kid that cut off his penis and then used it to strangle his parents. This is fundamentally close minded, like one of those crazy religious people. Do you ever hear stories about people having an awesome night on drugs? Do you hear of people smoking weed because it is the only thing that frees them from horrendous headaches? Do you hear of people that take MDMA and feel as though for the first time in their life, they've had unbelievable fun? I certainly haven't read this in the new papers.
Dude, basically, drugs won't make you go crazy and lose your mind unless they really really really powerful drugs, like heroine or that Devils weed stuff... Do you read in the media that most people have tried drugs, yet just give up when they realize enough is enough?
Furthermore, why do you think people turn to a life of crime to satisfy their drug habits? It's because they have to keep around the criminals to buy the drugs. And are soon forced into gangs and all those things. I've been around people who have been on many many things. Just last saturday, my mates took MDMA, and had a blast, but will only take it again in the next 3/4 months (to limit any side effects). All I'm gonna say is grow up a little hey.
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Legalise and regulate the "softer" drugs. Tax them. Use the income from this to help fight the harder drugs (including alcohol).
I say legalise & tax the lot. Force people to go through some kind of education program before they can buy them, and if people want to destroy their lives, so be it. The gene pool will clean itself up quickly!
I must admit I will never touch a hard drug but it still does not mean a drug user should be put into prison. Prison has solved nothing. Prison causes more problems than solve problems.
"Less Sodom and more Gamora"
Legalizing personal use and creating a situation where addicts can receive counseling and help solves the vast majority of drug related problems in one fell swoop.
As long as it's described as a WAR on drugs nothing will change: People that are addicted need professional, medical and possibly social help.
just my 2c.
“Today a young man on acid realised that all matter is just energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.” - Bill Hicks
Not every fight is a violent one.
Alcohol for example, Don't ban it but do help those that have an addiction to it. Also do something about drunk drivers.
Sell a pure and safe product packaged in single doses in a regulated manner.
I still think drugs should not be legalised, they should be regulated.
The same thing can be said about drug addicts, if you are a drug addict, and want to seek help, then let have the government take them in, help them with their addiction, but also help them learn better qualities of life, have addicts do something to better their life? Have them build houses for the poor, learn skills to build up a life, have them live life without the drugs... this makes sense.
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I agree that the way things work now is not the right way.
A good read that helps create objectivity and (in my view) shows that the exact point where drugging really started harming people is the day America came up with the 24 hour prohibition act is The electric coolaid acid test,Tom Wolfe.