My guess is that a proper plan of legalization could well do the latter but is unlikely to do the former. . . Personally, I find the stubborn refusal of legalization advocates to contemplate the real prospect of increased drug use and addiction to be regrettably common. . . They should argue that use would only increase moderately but not radically. . . [/quote]
Why should one automatically assume that a reduction in recreational drug use is a good thing? Isn’t it only a subjective opinion that any and all uses of marijuana, for example, are bad? There may be scientific studies and anecdotal evidence concerning harm to the lungs or short-term memory or social abilities due to heavy use of the herb. But if a guy wants to light up occassionally in the privacy of his home, to relax after work, and he feels that provides him with very real, substantial benefits that outweigh any potential harms, there’s no objective, scientific means of determining that, no, he is mistaken, his use of the herb is bad and harmful.
I believe it’s only an extreme moral judgment to proclaim that all recreational use of drugs – not just marijuana, but also cocaine, mushrooms, LSD, or whatever a person may enjoy – is harmful. If a person is able to use a substance in moderation, enjoys doing so, feels it is a good thing in his/her life (as is the case for many people), then such use is good, not bad.
Therefore, I believe it’s a mistake to feel legalization of drugs is only a good idea if it decreases use of drugs. Many people enjoy using recreational drugs in moderation or perhaps would enjoy doing so if the drugs were legalized.
Was it wrong to do away with prohibition because people might then drink more alcohol? Just because one can buy booze at any 7/11 doesn’t mean everyone will become a hopeless drunk; most people have enough common sense and restraint to use alcohol only in moderation. Same for other drugs. Those who can’t keep their use in moderation are more likely to get help if the substance is legal and the government provides them with treatment rather than simply punishment.
[quote]According to the article mod lang posted . . . all they seem to be doing is changing the nature of the punishment they hand out – i.e. refusing to throw casual users in jail.
So, despite the sensationalist headlines I’m seeing out there about “Mexico’s Drug Legalization”, the articles I’ve seen so far actually show no reason why someone couldn’t oppose drug legalization and still agree with this law. [/quote]
Agreed. A large segment of our society and lawmakers take an extreme, moralistic, just say no and if you can’t say no we’ll throw your ass in jail, stance when it comes to the use of drugs (even opposing the use of marijuana by terminally ill cancer patients), which is stupid and harmful.