BigMcK wrote:Like you, I have zero desire to experiment with drugs. But how many people are willing if they knew it wasn't likely to end in criminal problems?
If the goal is to legalize drugs to gain sales tax revenue, where do the proceeds go? Education of the dangers? Other government run social programs?
I think it's funny how everyone I talk with who is against legalizing drugs, says that they have no desire to use drugs but think that if they were to suddenly to become legal, people would suddenly start to use drugs. They say this like everyone in this country is stupid, that the government should hold their hand from cradle to grave, and that people actually care about the laws and follow them. People who are dumb enough to use them, will use them. People who are smart enough not to use them, aren't going to use them no matter if there are laws or not. If I want to commit suicide I'm not going to say, oh look the law says that I can't take my own life, I don't want to break the law so I'm going to keep living on. People own their bodies, not the government.
I would have the revenue go towards rehab and education. The drug war has failed miserably and helping people with addictions instead of throwing them in jail is the way to go. If you want proof that education works, just look at how cigarette usage is way down among the youth. Since elementary school I've been brainwashed into thinking that tobacco was the devil.
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