Well I am for full legalization of all drugs. Im not a user btw.
First off, you cant do a partial legalization simply because the black market will continue for the harder drugs. Secondly (and I forgot to mention this in the OP), the government can do brisk business in regulation rather than outright banning. And it will put the criminal cartels out of business when it comes to making money off drugs and this should also conversely lessen the prison population and stop militarizing cops.
Most importantly, the country will not go to hell in a hand basket should this happen. Why do I know this? Because one country, back in 2001, already decriminalized (but not legalized) all drugs: Portugal.
And the drug use of their population actually declined! So it is possible to move forward on this.
Decriminalizing Drugs in Portugal a Success, Says Report - TIME
"Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success," says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. "It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does."
Compared to the European Union and the U.S., Portugal's drug use numbers are impressive. Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U.: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%. Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.
The Cato paper reports that between 2001 and 2006 in Portugal, rates of lifetime use of any illegal drug among seventh through ninth graders fell from 14.1% to 10.6%; drug use in older teens also declined. Lifetime heroin use among 16-to-18-year-olds fell from 2.5% to 1.8% (although there was a slight increase in marijuana use in that age group). New HIV infections in drug users fell by 17% between 1999 and 2003, and deaths related to heroin and similar drugs were cut by more than half. In addition, the number of people on methadone and buprenorphine treatment for drug addiction rose to 14,877 from 6,040, after decriminalization, and money saved on enforcement allowed for increased funding of drug-free treatment as well.
Legalize - tax - watch the national debt tumble - win - win - win.....
It was not repealed because people wanted to drink. In fact anyone who wished to drink did drink in spite of prohibition.
Prohibition accomoplished only the criminalization of those who simply wished to do with themselves as they saw fit while encouraging violence and gang activity. Prohibition also merely increased government power and tyranny. WHat is interesting is that even when it was repealed the government maintained it's increased power and authority which means the one part of prohibition remaining is the tyranny it caused.
The same logical truthds apply to the failed war on drugs which was utterly lost by the US government the moment it began.
I drink practically every day. At dinnertime I almost always have either some wine or beer depending on what is on the menu that evening. For instance, beer goes excellent with a steak or burger. And red wine goes great with Italian cuisine. White wine compliments fish very nicely. There is no good reason to deny alcohol to the vast majority of alcoholic beverage consumers just because a small minority of people abuse alcohol.
It's just an example of America trying to enforce its morality. They do it to other nations, just as they do it to their own.
If drugs could be regulated, subsidized, and taxed...oh wait. They can be. Guess that means oppressive American ethics are the only thing keeping them illegal.
And I've never done any drug harder than weed in my entire life...didn't smoke it that long either.
Why do people pay higher prices in convenience stores when larger grocery chain have same items cheaper?
Keeping drugs, marijuana especially, illegal costs us tons of money and provides no real return on investment.