|I've felt for a while now that all drugs should be legal, not because I want to use them all, but for other reasons. Most rebuttals to this involve the standard "they're addictive" or "they're dangerous", which I really don't find compelling in a country with cigarettes and more guns than people.
However, a friend presented a compelling counter-argument, largely summarized as "people are stupid": If people were able to get all kinds of drugs legally, they would accidentally leave them out on their kitchen counter because they're stupid. And kids would find them and ingest them, whether intentionally or not. This already happens when kids eat their parents' pot brownies. But imagine how much worse of a situation it would be if it was an actually harmful drug, like heroin or meth. Alcohol doesn't quite suffer from this problem because the human body sort of has an alcohol overdose prevention technique built-in, i.e. vomiting. But from my limited understanding, something like meth immediately and irreparably changes your life in a very negative way. Legally available drugs might put children's lives at risk because of how stupid people are. #health