Because I hear horror stories about addiction to them
Because I know people personally who have suffered from addiction.
Because I am perfectly happy and serene without them (If it ain't broke...)
Because the consequences of their being illegal make life miserable for addicts
Simply because they are illegal
Other (specify in the thread if you would like)
Europe is illegally occupied by the US
1. The FDA thoroghly tests Cocaine and deems it has similar risks/effects to Alcohol and Cigarettes, thus placing similar regulations on it.
2. The FDA thoroughly tests Cocaine and deems it significantly more risky and even dangerous to the consumer. Do they not then have the authority to criminalize the production for distribution and distribution of it?
Prohibiting the production and distribution of a faulty product does not entail the outright prohibition of the product itself. If a company produces tires that do not accomplish what they are intended to do the government may issue a moritoriam on that specific model but this does not mean they can ban tires outright.I thought the government prohibited the production and sale of faulty products all the time in the interest of the consumer.
Moreover, faulty implies a lack of transparency and as we have already discussed the government retains a legitimate interest in establishing transparency in the distribution of a product. So, if a certain cocaine distributor were to claim, "Our product will cure cancer!" then the government, in the interest of transparency, could compel them to cease distribution until they rectified their erroneous advertisement.
Why do you think we know more about the health effects of alcohol and cigarettes (legal) than we do about crack and heroin (illegal)? Could it be because legal substances are more thoroughly regulated and studied than illegal ones?Given there has been little medical study on the effects of illegal drugs compared with other consumed products, let me propose a couple hypothetical situations.
Sounds perfectly reasonable.1. The FDA thoroughly tests Cocaine and deems it has similar risks/effects to Alcohol and Cigarettes, thus placing similar regulations on it.
No. They only have the authority to regulate it. If cocaine were deemed significantly more risky than tobacco or alcohol the only thing the government would need to do is make consumers aware of that fact.2. The FDA thoroughly tests Cocaine and deems it significantly more risky and even dangerous to the consumer. Do they not then have the authority to criminalize the production for distribution and distribution of it?
If you believe in the Supernatural then you can become a millionaire!
Questioning or criticizing another's core beliefs is inadvertently perceived as offensive and rude.
I knew I eventually wanted to work for the government and I wanted to be able to answer my background check questions honestly
You down with TPP?
"Have you ever used illegal substances?"
"Yes. Cannabis, Psilocybin and LSD. Oh, and I also consumed alcohol while under the age of 21."
"Thank you for your time."
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi
I think, in retrospect, as best I can recollect, the main reason I liked drugs was the sense of communion it gave me with others.
When I got high with somebody, I felt like I could understand them and communicate with them and sort of be inside their head to an extent that had never been possible for me without drugs.
I was not aware of feeling particularly lonely before, but once I started doing drugs, I felt like I'd discovered a kind of new realm of closeness and camradery with others, unlike anything I'd experienced before.
I later discovered this was only an illusion, though.
In actual fact, my interactions while high were banal, and the profound bond I sometimes felt with others was one-sided, something I was merely projecting onto those around me.
I wanted to have meaningful relationships with others, and I believed, for awhile, that drugs gave me the ability to do that.
"It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens." Woody Allen.
I have also took cocaine and made it into crack. The only thing you mix into the cocaine is a little baking soda.
They are the same drug made into a different form for use.
PS The only reason people think they are different is because of people who snort the crap. Yes in that case it hits you much slower and lasts a hell of a long time. It is still the same damn drug.
Last edited by Black Dog; 01-05-09 at 11:24 PM.
You have no clue.