One is involuntary, forced, by another person through physical means (I'm ignoring statutory rape in this definition, yes), and leaves definite physical and psychological trauma, which is supported by empirical and clinical observation.
The other is voluntary, and rarely forced onto someone (no, "peer pressure" does not constitute force - regardless of what the 'victims of society' crowd think). In addition, many illegal (schedule I) drugs have not been proven to cause any long-term physical problems. With ecstacy (MDMA), there has been no strong link between MDMA use and brain damage - mostly due to the fact that most people who use drugs heavily use multiple drugs heavily, and therefore cannot isolate which drug (or the combination) that is causing damage. Even when damage has been documented (with MDMA), there is only a weak correlation between heavy use of MDMA and cognitive disfunction / emotional problems. In other words, it's statistically insignificant. Marijuana is another one of those drugs where there have been few proven (physical) long-term side-effects - many researchers question the common belief that long-term use of marijuana can cause personality shifts. The only research I'm aware of on side-effects of marijuana that could be damning is that smoking it causes diminished lung capacity (similar to smoking cigarettes), and that if heavy users of the drug stop using it suddenly they can experience an increase in aggressive tendancies for up to 5 days after.
This is why people who go to jail for rape are usually kept physically seperate from the rest of the inmates - they often wind up dead. Drug dealers and users, by comparison, don't get that kind of treatment, and society at large is much more tolerant of drug use than rape - for good reason. So the legal system, as well as society, views rape as dramatically different than drug use.
In the future, please don't try to make sweeping generalizations like that in the future to buffet your argument, you only look like a fool when the analogy fails.
Society needs therapy. It's having
trouble accepting itself.
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