I agree with you that it is tricky. However, as it is, by having turned the production of drugs completely over to the cartels, there is no incentive for them to moderate their product so it is not as addictive. Who, except somebody completely lost to drugs would smoke paint thinner and turpentine, amongst the key ingredients for meth? The cartels are completely happy to turn out instant addictives like crank or crocodile.Crocodile, by the way is so damaging that users can literally watch their arm rot to bone, but users literally cannot stop.
If we did legalize, and regulate drugs, most users would also moderate their use because they would buy it from legal sellers. A few won’t, but the few are lost no matter what we do. We could handle the few hardcore drug users easier, if we weren’t so diffused trying to stop all drugs.
Alright, I think I see what you are saying now. Not that they would produce some “safe”, non-addicting drugs, just that we could put some limits on the purity and the strength, to moderate the addictiveness and bad side effects.
We’d still always have a few people that would try to cook up stronger drugs, but we still have people that cook up moonshine so they can get something stronger than the 80 or 100 proof stuff that the state regulates. They’re a minority and they don’t cause a lot of problems. Most people would probably be happy with the 5% THC weed cigarettes or the “Meth Lite” they could buy at the 7-11.