As a former SA Counselor, and a clean and sober American...I say legalize and regulate everything. It won't increase or decrease usage and abuse, but it will reduce the harmfull effects of "bad" dope and poison meth. Along with reducing our dependance on foreign drugs.
I have always had a reservation for serious drugs, legalizing anything like cocaine or heroine is foolish talk and will never be reality. Marijuana is a possibility and one that I support... Keep in mind that if it was legalized, billions of dollars of education about it would be necessary. People also need to understand what they are putting into their body...
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
In the U.S. (due to lack of capability to enforce the law and the fact what is thus needed is public healthcare aproaches) id leaglise it all.
In my country, new zealand, I would only legalise those drugs which did not have severe chemically adictive properties (coke and H especially), because I think we are able to effectively neutralise supply of these substances.
So id be looking to legalise weed, acid, shrooms, ecky and the likes.
Main problem is I dont want retard flooding my country on holidays just looking to get ****ed up. As nice as money is, I dont want to live in a narco tourism hotspot.
I think the fundamental question that has to be asked for legalizing drugs is what the costs are for having it legal or illegal. Fact is, illegal substances provide the majority of funding for organized crime.
One doesn't have to a fan of marijuana to figure out that its considerably less dangerous than funding drug gangs so powerful that they can destabilize the entire country of Mexico. Look at prohibition in the 20's and how quickly is created criminal empires from what used to be a legal substance.
Marijuana is no more mind altering than alcohol, and impossible to overdose on. More people get murdered because marijuana is illegal in a year than have died from Marijuana usage in all of history. Is a stoner worse than well-funded criminal organizations who consider murder a part of doing business?
Hard drugs have the same problems, although its less clear cut considering the added danger of the substances. Ideally the substance would decriminalized enough so that criminals don't make and distribute it, but be illegal enough to prohibit use. Perhaps they could be bought in the pharmacy, but it still illegal to use without a doctors approval.