We are therefore not speaking of distribution. We are not speaking of manufacturing. We are not speaking of any drug which is currently legal, such as liquor, caffeine or tobacco.
Guess what folks, Mexico is not now allowing free and legal access to any and all drugs in any quantity for you to now point to them and ask "why don't we do the same".
Mexico loosened a couple possession laws, and they did so to ease the burden on their prisons, not in the name of freedom or personal rights or liberty. Mexico did not loosen a few of their personal possession laws because "the sate has no right to keep someone from harming themselves", or "it's the citizen's body so it's the citizen's choice, we'll step out of their way and let them make their own decisions".
They did so out of purely economical reasons. They could give a **** about personal freedom.
Mexico did NOT 'legalize all drugs'.
Last edited by Jerry; 10-15-09 at 01:14 AM.
The thing is, Jerry, in this comparison you site of involuntary admission to a mental hospital, that is a medical solution to a medical problem. It is not criminal until the patient commits a crime. Likewise, by at least decriminalizing these harder drugs and treating them as the medical problems they are, we don't treat as criminals until an actual crime is commited. But, and this is where we may start to agree, free use of the drugs is out of the question and they need treatment to kick the addiction.
Legalize Marijuana and Hash, LSD, Shrooms - they are not criminal. Tax them and start a domestic distribution industry. I include hallucinogenics as they are safe and useful for mind altering experiences.
Hard drugs: Coke, Meth, Crack, Heroin - decriminalize them but don't legalize them. Pour money currently going into war on drugs into treatment facilities. Treatment would include mental health, life skills and job fairs. Get them productive.
Last edited by reefedjib; 10-15-09 at 09:02 AM.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Secondly, the size of the market is irrelevant. If you want to substitute speeding for murder, we can do that too. There are many, many, many more people who speed than do drugs. Should we abolish all speed limits on every road in the nation because people will just do it anyhow?
Except that... it's not. While the direct impact of drug use may be on the individual, society carries the cost of widespread drug use.Except that drug use by itself, is a victimless crime.
Which is simply not the case. People can't speed because they want to. People can't just do what they want.It has no right to ban victimless actions that people keep to themselves. As long as no one else's rights are being violated, one may do as they please. Adultery has many of the same effects on society as drug abuse, yet that's still legal.
Want to do that? Then sure, for you I don't care what you do to yourself.