I agree with you on #2 (5.00 / 4) (#19)
by toddg on Fri Aug 17, 2001 at 09:42:17 AM EST
That is exactly the criterion I would use. But our backgrounds must evidently be different, as the boundaries I would set up are much further back than yours. I will, however, completely ignore long-term effects (#3), as that has no bearing on other's safety, and should be considered on the user's cognizance. I will also argue against #1, since a) the ban has been a complete failure and b) recovery is easier in the light of day, not hiding from the law. The best legal system would be no-penalty citations with provided rehab sources.
In the below, I discuss correlation of violent crime. I consider the correlation of someone being driven towards violence while impaired by the drug. Crime while not impaired, in order to pay for drugs, is already covered by existing laws. I wish the law to go above and beyond if and only if a user exhibits tendencies that comprise an extreme threat. So, my list:
- Marijuna - most users act kind of goofy and laugh too much. Often accompanied by munchies. Dangerous? No.
- LSD - definitely in a class by itself. User hallucinates and laughs way too fucking much. Take only with friends; the only recorded deaths are from doing stupid things while high.
- Cocaine - users are exceptionally awake, but not all that annoying. Little correlation to crime, but long-term effects bite. OTOH, it's not a physical addiction. But who wants to snort things? Leaves make good tea, though.
- Heroin -- bad stuff. Physical addiction, many possible ways of ODing on it, frequent deaths. Does not IMHO, corrolate strongly with violent crime, mostly b/c users frequently pass out. HIV infection risk with needles, measurable health impact, spreading widely with this generation's youth. I recommend strongly against it, and think it should be legal precisely so the dangers can be well understood.
- Speed -- a little discussed facet of programming.
- X, E, MDMA - strongly correlated with phat pants, glowsticks, and crappy massages... Perhaps compelling users to attend shihatsu and fashion classes? Seriously, though, there have been several deaths from poor purity -- this is primarily a factor of production still being so low that fraud is profitable. This problem would not exist if MDMA were legal: there would be quality control and brand recognition.
- PCP -- I have never seen a powderhead who wasn't violent. Add in boosted strength, psychosis, and inability to feel pain, and you have an actual immediate threat. Ban it.
- Crack -- I'm not too sure about this one. No one I know uses it. It's sort of the bottom of the drugs barrel, and no one wants to scrape it. Why ban it? I'll leave it on this list until someone tells me otherwise.
I'm not sure you get it. The ban has failed. You can get anything you want on the streets. The only thing the ban has done is raise prices, lower quality, corrupt legal authorities, and eradicate personal freedoms. It would on the whole be better to legalize everything possible, and develop a mature national ethos towards moderate drug use rather than the polarized hysteria of prohibition. I know the US is prone to polarized hysteria, it being where Puritans met pioneers, but I can still hope.
After that hopefully we can do something about hacking hysteria.
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