From article: They both claimed, a year apart, that the idea of the legislation was to allow the police to concentrate on the real demon: Heroin and Cocaine and Crack (which is basically also cocaine of course).
This is the main issue that I have with drug legislation to begin with. The real demon is not drugs, not even heroin and crack. The real demon is the misunderstanding by so many people of the differene between a vice and a crime.
A vice is any action which harms the individual who performs that action, and generally is a recurring action. In other words, a character flaw of some sort, generally in relation to the filling of some percieved need. Drinking is a vice, smoking is a vice, ``body modification'' (piercings, tattoos, etc.) could be viewed by some as a vice, as could generally any non-productive activity.
A crime is an action that adversely affects another person unnecessarily, either physically, monetarily, or emotionally. Murder is a crime, because it prevents someone else from living. Stealing is a crime, because it prevents someone else from being in possession of something that is rightfully theirs.
The primary difference is who gets hurt by your actions. With a crime, someone else gets hurt. With a vice, you hurt yourself. In my opinion, you should have the right to do anything you wish, as long as it does not hurt someone else. That is the primary tenent of personal, individual freedoms. One of the first Supreme Court Chief Justices (I can't remember which) said ``Your right to swing your fist ends at the other guy's nose''.