Well, let's go down the list.
The war on drugs has been the excuse for: Militarization of police forces,
gun control measures
Little old ladies getting shot when their doors were kicked in 'by accident' at 4 AM,
Drives corruption with huge dollar amounts, everywhere from the Southern Border to small towns,
provides the profit motive for the Cartels in Mexico
and has been the source of erosion of the 4th, 5th, and 14th amendments in the past few decades.
Declare it over, and all you have is the druggies to deal with, the rest stops.
Billions in underground economy come out into the open, as do the effects of using the drugs which are currently banned.
I don't use them, I hate what they have done to individuals and our society, but I hate the spinoff effects of an ineffectual 'war' on them even more because those have robbed all of us of our Liberty and Rights, not just the dumbasses using the drugs.
The legalization of drugs is not the worst of Ron Paul’s positions, but the fact that the legalization of drugs seems to be the most important to many of his supporters is what makes Ron Paul dangerous.
It’s a matter of priorities and interpretation.
So, lets make our own list, eh?
DRUG USE has led to:
premature deaths in users
premature deaths in those around the users due to the actions of those on drugs
loss of motor control and injuries caused by drug use
loss of memory, causing work accidents and reduced productivity
loss of coherent thinking in life, leading to people actually believing immorality is the answer to the law instead of recognizing people do NOT do good on their own, but will degrade themselves if allowed to
loss of coherent thinking in a person's future, whether it be lifestyle, a mate, or whether to go to the bathroom or go to Walmart...it is all the same, if you are using drugs, you aint thinking straight
Causing a person to chase women all the time instead of go to college free
Causing a person to allow themselves to be used as a sex toy in exchange for free drugs, ruining their reputation
causing a person to get sexually transmitted diseases because of their licentious lifestyle because they became drug users and associated only with those who did drugs
causing a person to unplug their television while their children are watching it so they can pawn it for drug money
causing a person to forget some critical step in a complex task causing an aircraft to crash, or a train to crash, or an automobile to crash
causing a person to lose self control and make a fool out of themselves in social situations at inopportune times causing that person to be a social outcast
Now, this list Can go on, but remember something: NOT ONCE did I mention anything that had to do with drugs being illegal
all these things happened because someone did drugs. NOT because they broke the law, not because they were in jail, but because they did drugs
BECAUSE THEY DID DRUGS and BECAUSE THEY DID DRUGS ALONE.
The RONULANS all make the strawman argument about legalization as being some cure.
People going to jail or people being hurt because of the rare occasions of Police mistakes are outweighed by a factor of millions when all you consider is the people who are harmed by the simple use of illegal drugs
The greatest loss America faces now, is the number of adult democrats due to marijuana useage as a teen or college age person.
i mean that, too
Marijuana use leads a person to be a Marxist or a Libertarian on moral issues, and never a Conservative.