"Society has no business restricting the risks that individuals impose on themselves. As to the results of legalizing drugs for adults, they would include a decrease or end to the following: innocents killed in drug-turf wars; user deaths due to contaminants and unexpectedly high purities; inflated prices that motivate crimes by users (whereas winos can get their next fix by collecting cans or panhandling); enriched criminals; and corruption of the justice system by criminals' riches."
All I want to say is you are likely right with much of your logic,there would be many benefits to legalized narcotics,but these projected benefits should be carefully weighed against potential problems.The situation as it exists is not good,drugs are reaching the hands of minors frequently.If a way was found to administer a system of legalized drugs that involved some real motivations for people to not use,that might work.I feel it would offer curious people an even easier means to aquire these poisons.This is the main drawback as I see it.We all wish the drug menace would just vanish suddenly,but we know it never will.Should we condone drug use in any way? Should we call it legal and give people the right to possess and use and say "well it's legal"? You have heard my logic,or illogic as you feel,You know I feel I'm not quite ready for a society where people can merely walk into a corner store and purchase Heroin,Crack,PCP,Speed,etc. I realize you have many good points along the way,and I'll just leave it at that.
these projected benefits should be carefully weighed against potential problems.
False. Unless these potential problems are violations of rights---which they are not---they are none of government's business.
posted on 12/05/2002 6:05:11 AM PST
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