The Illegality Of Recreational Drugs Does More Harm Than Good
Recreational drugs which are currently illegal in many countries (such as cannabis, ecstasy, LSD, etc) should be legalized.
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Laws Should Not Be Passed To Protect People From Themselves
In a free society individuals should be able to do as they wish unless their actions harm others, even if their actions harm themselves. This does not mean that with the legalization of recreational drugs should come a completely hands off approach. Education about the effects of recreational drugs, safe and controlled environments in which to consume recreational drugs, monitoring of strict standards that recreational drugs must meet in order to be sold, and other measures which ensure the consumption of recreational drugs is informed, safe, and controlled should be implemented. But as with currently legal recreational drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, individuals should be free to make informed choices as to whether they wish to consume a recreational drug, and as long as the consumption of that recreational drug does not harm others, should not be punished for doing so.
Recreational drugs can only do bad in society, as they harm the physical and mental health of those individuals who consume them, in addition to contributing to social problems. The legalization of recreational drugs would send out the message that consuming recreational drugs is more acceptable and less harmful than previously thought, and through this and the increased availability and accessibility of recreational drugs, individuals and society as a whole would suffer. The notion of personal freedom is trumped by the adverse effects that the legalization of recreational drugs would entail.
The Illegality Of Recreational Drugs Results In Unnecessary Risks For Those Who Choose To Consume Them
Individuals will always consume recreational drugs, despite their illegality. For those who do consume recreational drugs, they are at risk from the lack of control over what the recreational drugs they choose to consume contain. The doses and contents (such as the use of fillers) of recreational drugs are determined by the criminals who currently produce them, and who's objectives are profits as opposed to the concerns of consumers. Were recreational drugs to be legalized, the doses and contents of recreational drugs could be monitored and controlled, and so reduce the risks involved in consumption.
The health concerns of consumers of recreational drugs are irrelevant. Not only are recreational drugs inherently unhealthy (and so consumers of recreational drugs consent to consuming something which is detrimental to their health) but consumers of recreational drugs engage in illegal activity by so doing. The health concerns which result from illegal activity are not something which should be considered when assessing the legality of such activity.
The Illegal Drug Trade Supports Criminal Activity
Many terrorist organizations are funded by the illegal drug trade, and the illegality of recreational drugs places them in the hands of criminal organizations (some of which rival large corporations) and street gangs, resulting in criminal activity which need not be associated with recreational drugs. Were recreational drugs to be legalized, these drug trade related crimes would be significantly reduced, and the profits made would be the profits of legal entities as opposed to criminal organizations.
Though the illegal drug trade may support criminal activity, the legalization of recreational drugs would result in unnacceptable levels of crime as the result of addiction and the effects of recreational drugs on individuals. The problems resulting from alcohol consumption is indicative of the kinds of problems which would result from the legalization of other more potent recreational drugs. The illegality of recreational drugs with regards to this issue is the lesser of two evils.
internet sales will increase if drugs are legalised.
more people will buy things online when they are under the influence of drugs, ergo internet sales will increase with people buying random useless items.
people who sell are making lots of money
people say that the more it is banned and forced upon police to stop this underground empire and it only makes it stronger because they find new ways to keep it hidden and the more it is found the less the police are doin because all the lords of drug dealing go out and get twice or three time more dealers than what just got caught and it is a loss for police and a win for the lords of dealing
what will it do to thoes who use
of thoes who use could
Those that use drugs whilst they are illegal are using drugs that have unknown products in them, potentially harmful products, and taking drugs that have dosages that vary from dealer to dealer. So those that take illegal drugs are in more danger than if the drugs were legal and the contents of the drugs regulated, controlled and stated on the pack.
Will these be glorified like cigarettes and alcohol to our children by advertising?
They are flavoring alcohol and cigarettes to attract a younger crowd. Will they do this with these. Will our children have to watch advertisements for cannabis or worse?
This would seem to be unlikely: both alcohol and cigarettes are already have advertising severely restricted - in the UK for example tobacco advertising is very close to being entirely banned. It would therefore seem likely that if recreational drugs were to be made legal advertising for them would be banned at the same time.
What do you think?