|I think all drugs should be legal. I'm kind of surprised people are opposed to this idea. I mean I get that drugs are sometimes dangerous and addictive and tend to ruin people's lives. But here's the deal:
Maybe we could change the name of the Drug Enforcement Agency to the Drug Enjoyment Agency. #health
- Making something illegal doesn't reduce consumption or usage. The fact that our country is in the midst of an opioid epidemic proves that people use drugs regardless of their legality.
- Legalizing drugs wouldn't cause everyone to use them. If heroin was legal, would you use it? If you haven't already, you probably wouldn't start. Drugs can maintain their level of dangerousness regardless of their legality.
- The war on drugs is widely regarded as a failure, both in terms of usage reduction and crime prevention. It has cost an inordinate amount of money and imprisoned countless people needlessly with mandatory minimum sentencing. America has the largest prison population per capita in the world, and taxpayers pay for that, both economically and sociologically.
- We already have legal drugs: caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Smoking cigarettes is a near-certain death sentence, and alcohol causes all kinds of health and societal problems. Drawing the legal line after these drugs is arbitrary at best, racist at worst.
- Drugs can be dangerous, and we should treat them the same way we treat alcohol: use it responsibly, don't drink and drive. The same guidelines can and should apply to all drugs.
- Illegalizing a product that people desire creates a de facto black market. Removing those restrictions should essentially remove the black market.
- Black markets thrive on secrecy, secrecy breeds misinformation, and misinformation is harmful, especially when it involves putting foreign substances into one's body. A legal open market would provide consumers with information necessary to make an informed decision. Plus the federally regulated sale of drugs would ensure ingredient purity and dosage. These things are all sorely lacking on the black market.
- Drugs could cause an economic boom. There's money to be made in farming, chemical manufacturing, taxing, and shipping.