It just basically followed the lead of the Netherlands' Marijuana law. Just as the Netherlands, they still target the big time traffickers (cartels) but leave the people alone who just possess probably 2-table spoons of it.
Although, in that paragraph it only mentioned "Drugs"—What kind of Drugs? Did it legalize almost everything or just the marijuana plant (as depicted in the picture)?
In the UK I understand that heroin addicts that are afraid of the withdrawl process but wish to hold down a steady job and become productive citizens have the option of going on a maintenance program where they can receive a dose of the drug the keeps them not high but on an even keel. But there are really scary drugs like Meth and Crack that I don't know how you would deal with.
for marijuana absolutely, i feel like i can write a short book on why it should be legalized
Yes ALL drugs should be legalized! Not just the ones you pick and choose like so many people have posted here.
Here are a few reasons before you start going off on this drug or that drug. 1. First off you can't stop people from doing what they want (i.e. prohibition) just by making it illegal. 2. It's not ANYONE'S right to say what i or you or anyone can put into his or her own body. 3. Leaving any drug illegal leaves it to be sold on the black market. Watch any of the episodes of Gangland and see what funds these criminal organizations! IT"S ALWAYS DRUGS! We could be making the drugs, producing jobs, and selling regulated versions of the drugs that are cleaner, cheaper, and safer while taxing them and putting that money in GOOD things like education. 4. Teaching harm prevention alone would save lives more than them being illegal. 5. Look at what are shitty drug laws have done to Mexico! If drugs were legal here and there no more 10s of 1000s of murders a year. Just regular business. The alcohol companies aren't killing eachother on campuses across the nation trying to sell beer are they? I could go on and on but you rational people have to be getting my point. And about the more dangerous drugs part, one, tabocco and alcohol are more dangerous than ANY drug there is and I've googled some numbers just for those of you who don't believe me.
|Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity||365,0001|
|Motor Vehicle Crashes||26,3471|
|Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs||32,0002|
|Incidents Involving Firearms||29,0001|
|All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect||17,0001, 5|
|Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin||7,6006|
SEE, and i hear nobody speaking against them. Hell asprin kills almost as many people as all ilIicit drugs combined. Each year, use of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) accounts for an estimated 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations in the United States." (NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, ketoprofen, and tiaprofenic acid.)I smoke, I drink, my choice. Getting behind the wheel drunk? You should be FULLY responsible for your actions as many others have stated. Die from alcohol poisoning or over dose of heroine your fault. But you know how much alcohol you are drinking because it says right there on the bottle, your bag of H doesn't say 60% pure but it would if it was regulated. Plus it's all but impossible to seek help for any drug addiction in our country because that will be on your record. Quote from the Portuguese Example "drug addicts, no longer in danger of going to prison, have been able to get the help they need." Not in America.
"SEE, and i hear nobody speaking against them."
I think that you are leaving the usable premise of your argument. Tobacco has been made more and more illegal through out my life. When I was a kid (I'm 37) nearly 40% of adults smoked. That number is nearly halved, but the frequency of smoking by those still smoking is relevant. My Dad was sometimes a chain smoker and you just don't see someone putting one out and lighting up another anymore because they have to go outside in most places. Cars and roads have constantly been improved. Now your pharmacist look to see what other drugs you have been prescribed. Obesity is an epidemic but there are shows fighting it and Wal-Mart and Michelle Obama are making moves to change it at the source. Alcohol has always been talked about. MAAD doesn't get the media it used to because it has been talked to death.We could go on, but the point has been made.
Something that I find interesting in the stats is that Marijuana is listed at 0 but alcohol is listed at 85,000. Number of alcohol-induced deaths, excluding accidents and homicides: 23,199. Source CDC
Clearly the source is adding alcohol related crashes as the total number of purely alcohol related deaths is much lower than 85,000. Then to not add in the likely marijuana related crashes is nothing but spin. There is no reason to suspect that marijuana use leads to less deaths due to accident per use than alcohol. Their reasoning can be inferred, and our inference is simply that the real numbers don't make their case. If they did, then they could let the numbers ride accurately.
I'm for legalization, just not with false numbers which lead to rose-colored glasses about the results of doing so.
I think drugs should be legalized for chemical scientists and medicinal use.
I would say also, the drug user himself is responsible for the consequences after all.