Nobody is going to force you to comment on it if you don't want to, I suppose.Originally Posted by reffedjib
However, while you might have a case that low-end drugs like pot are relatively harmless, or at least no more harmful than currently legal drugs, there's only so far that you can go with it. Arguing that drugs like heroin, LSD and cocaine are harmless is idiotic.
Further, I was only extending your own claim. You argued that people are going to do drugs anyhow, so why make it illegal. Well people are going to murder anyhow. No amount of laws against it or punishments for doing it are going to eliminate murder. Therefore, by the logic you set up, we ought to decriminalize murder. Maybe we can set up a quota system, you can't kill more than, say, one person a week. Sound reasonable to you?
The fact is, society has a right to determine what is acceptable behavior and what is not. They have, by and large, determined that drugs of a certain category ought to be controlled substances and illegal for individual use. There may be exceptions, such as medical marijuana, but overall it's not going to be legal any time soon. Drugs are harmful to individuals, drugs are harmful to families and communities, drugs are harmful to society. No one has put forward a rational argument to demonstrate otherwise.
Don't just decriminalize it, although that's a step in the right direction. Legalize it. That will drive the cartels out of the picture. How is the current War on Drugs' effect on organized crime any differant than Prohibition's?