This has got to be the most retarded proposal I have ever read. Legalize all drugs? That's basically letting people become addicted to them and destroy their lives. Do you really think the government wants to shoulder responsibility for that? Legalizing Marijuana is one thing, though I'm still against that due to cancer risks and shit, but legalizing ecstasy, crack, cocaine, etc? Sorry, but are you fucking stupid? You assume that usage will go down because it's accessible. The problem with addictive drugs, is that it WON'T go down. Not to mention the effects that shit has on your body...
It's not my proposal to be "fucking stupid" about.
Taking a look at numerous examples, it's evident that drug legalization doesn't always have the same effect as you predict. Reasons for this are numerous, but may include increased likelihood for people to seek treatment with the legal complications removed, and increased likelihood that a family member will seek treatment for a loved one because they now no longer have to fear getting them thrown in jail. This is not a case of me "assuming" anything, this is an opinion formed largely from statistical analysis.
It's also easy enough to argue that with double edged policies and ineffective treatment options, the government is already "letting people become addicted to drugs." The ability for our government to fight addiction is deplorable, and mostly relies on backwards, disproven treatment methods which comply best with the law (cold turkey quitting) rather than gradual moderation, a safer and more successful method.
And finally, civil liberties. It doesn't matter that it has shit effects on your body, because the no one, including the government, should have the right to dictate what a consenting adult does to themselves, because what more often happens is that one particular senator's moral view ends up affecting everyone's lives. It is for this reason that our country has had so much trouble getting medical marijuana bills passed, despite the OBVIOUS and PROVEN benefits it provides to the critically or terminally ill. You say "Legalizing Marijuana is one thing, though I'm still against that due to cancer risks and shit..." Can you not understand that just because you disagree with something, or something is potentially unhealthy, that doesn't mean it needs to be illegal? If you think they're unhealthy, don't do them! It's no excuse for anyone to foist their moral prerogatives onto another just because they think that's the best way to go.
Edited by California Mountain Snake, 13 August 2009 - 10:19 AM.