View Poll Results: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

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  • Marijuana

    67 81.71%
  • Cocaine

    36 43.90%
  • LSD

    38 46.34%
  • Meth

    30 36.59%
  • Prescription drugs

    33 40.24%
  • Psychedelic mushrooms

    44 53.66%
  • Ecstasy

    35 42.68%
  • Opium

    38 46.34%
  • other

    28 34.15%
  • None of the above

    14 17.07%
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    Re: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thoreau View Post
    So are there unconsenting trafficked sex-slaves working in legally regulated brothels in Nevada?
    Yes, and more to the point, most prostitutes do not work in brothels, but on the street.

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    Re: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saboteur View Post
    I was going to select cocain and opium as well but opium is mainly produced by afghanistan and I'm not so sure our money wouldn't go to fund our enemies there.
    if it was legal to produce here, that would reduce a whole lot of the demand for opium produced in Afghanistan.

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    Re: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thoreau View Post
    Not everyone gets addictive to meth the first time either, plus everything the tweakers are doing now to support their habit would be duplicated by tobacco smokers if their drug of choice was outlawed tomorrow and the prices skyrocket.
    I'm not talking about "everyone", I'm talking about the typical user per-se.

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    Re: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thoreau View Post
    According to the Institute of Medicine, 32% of tobacco users meet the DSM-IV criteria for drug dependence. Compare that to 23% for heroin, 17% for cocaine, 15% for alcohol, and 9% for marijuana.
    What is DSM-IV?

    Do those numbers represent strictly physical addiction, or psychological addiction as well? I suspect only physical, since for psychological, those numbers are way too low.

    By the way, thank god for spell checkers.

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    Re: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Please provide links when you present data.
    http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=6376&page=95

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    Re: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

    I voted for all of them.

    some of them are pretty harmless as long as they are used responsibly. marijuana, lsd, and psychedelic mushrooms in particular.

    cocaine and meth can certainly be quite harmful, but a lot of the harms are caused and/or exacerbated by the war on drugs.

    the black market, and the violence associated with it, would evaporate if it had to compete with a legal regulated market.

    issues with toxins being introduced to otherwise safe(ish) drugs, issues with drugs being sold as something they aren't, and problems with the variability in potency that leads to overdoses, would disappear if drugs were created in a legal and professional environment.

    the price of drugs would go down, so there would be fewer property crimes to pay for drugs.

    more addicts would seek treatment on their own if they didn't fear legal repercussions.

    law enforcement would have more time to work on violent crimes, and fewer violent criminals would be released from prisons to make room for drug crimes.

    and we would no longer be wasting billions of dollars every year on the futile war on drugs.

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    Re: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    What is DSM-IV?

    Do those numbers represent strictly physical addiction, or psychological addiction as well? I suspect only physical, since for psychological, those numbers are way too low.

    By the way, thank god for spell checkers.
    EDIT- It is DSM-III. See the link for extra info. The numbers represent the percentage of users of the particular substance that exhibit dependence symptoms according to psychiatrist's The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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    Re: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    For those who are pro-drug legalization:

    Let's say there is a drug that has a 100% fatality rate. If you take it, you get temendously high, after which you always die. Obviously, since all the users are dead its use cannot be banned. My question is, would you support the legalization of the sale of this drug?

    Don't mean to hijack the thread, just curious.
    We've already legalized drugs like this. If you drink one gallon of grain alchohol you will die, everytime.

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    Re: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Cyanide, to be rid of people who need drugs to get by.
    do you feel the same way about people who drink beer, coffee, and people who smoke?

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    Re: Which drugs should be legalized for recreational use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Yes, and more to the point, most prostitutes do not work in brothels, but on the street.
    If prostitution was legal and regulated a John could go to a brothel where the woman are payed outright, not through a parasitic pimp, they would be screened for legal age and that they are consenting. Condom use would be mandatory, screened for STDs etc. Who would go to the toothless street walkers if they could go to a legal brothel? You are conflating black and white markets.
    Last edited by Thoreau; 05-18-09 at 11:29 PM.

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