"One reason that 'conservative' voters push against it is because they view all so-called drugs as being harmful but have NO issue with drinking 6 cups of Starbucks coffee 7 days week nor eating fast food at every meal. This is just as dangerous as consuming copious amounts of drugs, you know? Can we spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T??? But chances are they won't do anything about it because they could NEVER live with caffeine and fried food. "
So, "copious" amounts of caffeine and food are just as bad as "copious" amount of meth, crack and heroine???
Perhaps you're on to something here...they could open chains of:
International House of Heroine AND
McMeth Drive Throughs
Just think about the amount of time addicts could save by having it so readily available...they could use that time to get high and DIE!!! And if they were placed in upper class neighborhoods, there wouldn't be the problem of getting shot while driving around looking for your connection!!!
BRILLIANT....JUST F*CKING BRILLIANT!!!
This is of course the other side of the argument. That making it legal may make it more accessible and therefore cause more people to consume.
There seem to be examples of decriminalization that prove otherwise. Portugal decriminalized drug possession a while ago now, and that appears to have been a large success. Check this article:http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=portugal-drug-decriminalization
Also, as an economist, I would say that prices for many black market drugs are high because a large part of the costs going into the product are due to the illegality and the lack of safety in supplying them. This extra money goes directly towards funding drug wars and illegal activities a lot worse than simple drug consumption. Many people have died and states have been weakened because of this.
If the United States and other countries in the West followed Portugal's example, and took all of the money put into fighting drugs and put it into prevention and treatment of addiction, results would be a lot better. Sometimes you can't fight fire with fire. In these times of burgeoning deficits, we cannot continue to try this failed war that causes many more deaths than it prevents.
I am glad that more and more people are thinking this way. Addicts need to be helped, and isolating them by forcing them into the fringes of society by making their habits illegal is a lot less effective than attempting to incorporate them into society. Others who choose to use drugs that may (and those who never would) become addicts are also not helped in any ways by being sent to prisons and made more hardened by being socialized with criminals.