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It will expose children, disabled, socially inadequate and other vulnerable groups to greater peer pressures to experiment

On the other hand, the only licensed sellers can be made to check ID and can be fined / incarcerated for violating rules.

Many "hard drugs" are damaging to health especially when taken over a prolongued period of time.

Alcohol is most definitely a hard drug by this rule.

If you need drugs to enjoy yourself, escape from reality, etc. you have a bigger and different problem which needs to be addressed

So, when you have a family or social gathering involving food, do you prefer incredibly tasty and interesting food or do you just go get McDonald's? Would you consider it necessary to have a good setting and food for a good social meeting? Also, drugs can be, like art, music, food and so forth, a sublime experience for the senses and the mind. It doesn't have to be (and for many casual users) this horrible cycle of violence, dependence and consumption just to maintain a "normal" attitude (or stave off withdrawal).

Legalising and regulating hard drugs ...

Do doctors and pharmacists prescribe alcohol and cigarettes?

It is impossible to regulate how even legally dispensed hard drugs will be taken ....

We can't do that with them being illegal either, so I think this is irrelevant. Worse, with them illegal a relatively responsible user can't be sure they aren't taking say MDMA cut with too much caffeine or with speed or whatever. This makes it harder for people to regulate their own usage. When I drink alcohol, I don't have to worry it is mixed with wood alcohol or has meth in it.

Crime will be with us always. Criminals will simply move on to other activities if drug trafficking becomes less profitable.

Not really. A great deal of crime went away after Prohibition ended.

The US will always have a war on something.

I don't think this is an argument for continued criminalization. Just a criticism of US political culture.

by R343L (reverse qw/ten.cinos@l343r/) on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 07:16:02 PM EST
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Not really. A great deal of crime went away after Prohibition ended.  

Too true.  

It left a lot of Prohibition-spawned police agencies without much to do.  Outlawing of "narcotics"--a previously non-existent category--followed.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 07:45:43 PM EST
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