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#1 13 years ago

Do you people think drugs should be legalized? Just some drugs? Only in limited amounts? Discuss. I'm not sure, but I believe legalizing drugs would definitely help get rid of the drug trade and dealing and violence. We would of course have to expand some laws like Driving under the influence in order to cope. I'm not sure about legalizing some drugs, like heroin, which is way too dangerous. Also no legalized date rape drugs. Note: This applies primarily to USA, but others feel free to post.




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#2 13 years ago

Marijuana should be legal. It has just as many consequences as beer, maybe less...

I personally don't smoke it, however I know a couple of people who do and they are pretty damn smart (and talented).




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#3 13 years ago

[color=black]Well, I've seen no intelligent reason as to why marijuana is illegal. It's less harmful than (legal) tobacco; it's less destructive than (legal) alcohol and does not kill brain cells; it's not physically addictive, like cocaine and herion, and again, cigarettes. Nobody even knows how to classify it--it's not a true narcotic, not a hallucinagen. And it's pretty natural.[/color]

[color=black]I got into coke at age 18 while depressed over the death of my roommate, did it for two months, then quit and haven't touched it since; this one should be illegal...what a devious, psychotic, highly-addictive, paranoid delusion-inducing drug this is (to quote my buddy, who introduced it to me: "Watch out, it takes the 'R' out of Friend"). The damage it does to your mind and body is unbelievable.[/color]

[color=black]Funny though, I also smoke cigarettes, for ten years, and quitting coke was a breeze by comparison. I've tried thirteen times to quit smoking but cannot do it.[/color]

[color=black]Drugs are drugs; you can use them to treat illness, et cetera, or abuse them, or use them for no concrete reason. They're not good or bad; it's how we use them. The ones we deem as harmful are restricted, especially ones that are highly addictive or have really nasty side-effects. As far as marijuana goes, I've smoked lots (and I mean lots--easily equalling a joint a day for every day of my life), and I have never wanted to fly off a building or slaughter a family in their sleep; I did use it as a crutch with my art, the way some writers and poets might lean on alcohol for "inspiration in a bottle." So I'm not going to say it's perfectly safe and harmless--no drug can claim that and tell the truth. [/color]

[color=black]The real issues: use opposed to abuse; if it's physically addictive or psychologically addictive; how harmful it is to the body and the mind. And should people be allowed to decide for themselves whether or not it's a "good" drug, based on its pros and cons. My experience with pot, well, when I used it in moderation, it was beneficial; it reduced stress and helped me sleep better than any sleeping pills I had been prescribed by doctors; it is well-documented as distorting perception, which can be valuable when drawing or painting or whatever, and I found it helpful (not so helpful in logic-intensive ideation, though). It's difficult to be angry when stoned (or at least remember why you were angry in the first place), and I personally found that I couldn't lie to myself. It can put you in a very metaphysical state.[/color]

[color=black]Of course, during a few rough times, I really over-used it, and some disturbing side-effects manifested. It's a real escape from reality, perfect for when you don't want to deal with problems in your life (alcohol is good for this, too, though); it caused tremendous lethargy and some pronounced apathy after a while...again, excessive drinking can do this too; it caused some mild paranoia as well (although I don't think alcohol can produce this effect). And when you retreat so frequently into fanatasy, it becomes more attractive than the real world; delusions can result. Plus, weed is bad for your lungs if you smoke a lot. You can also gain a lot of weight, have terrible muscle tone from inactivity, and it can cause some (temporary) short-term memory loss.[/color]

[color=black]I guess the bottom line is, I don't think it should be illegal, but I think people should get the truth about it; not 1950's propaganda. Pot does have valid medicinal qualities--it's well-known to ease the suffering of terminally ill patients, especially concerning cancer. I've known many professional people to use it socially, or to relieve stress, like anyone would with alcohol, and they're all normal, functioning members of society.[/color] In the *very least* no one should imprisoned for using it--this is utterly absurd. [color=black]I don't think everyone should have access to it--certainly not children or people with mental illness. So some regulation is needed.[/color] [color=black]Personally, I don't really use it anymore, but I'm not opposed to using it again in the future.[/color]

[color=black]My two cents, dudes.[/color]




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#4 13 years ago

Do whatever you like with drugs as long as it stays out of my way. Go on, screw up your brain, your life, destroy your very consciousness. It is not our place to play shepherd dog to the foolish.




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#5 13 years ago

I don't really believe legalizing drugs would get rid of that much violence and crimes, as those criminals probably would find something else to do, and besides the users maybe wouldn't get any more civilized and stop commiting crimes and being violent if getting the stuff cheaper. Maybe marijuana is better than tobacco or alcohol, but that doesn't make it any better. Yeah, I wouldn't mind if both strong alcohol and tobacco would be illegal... Well, why not make a deal and legalize marijuana and make tobacco illegal? :lookaround:




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#6 13 years ago

Huffardo: "Well, why not make a deal and legalize marijuana and make tobacco illegal?" I really wouldn't have a problem with that--one way for me to quit ;) But it kinda gets into the issue of how far we can go in enforcing what people can or can't put into their own bodies, of their own free will...




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#7 13 years ago

Weed i do not smoke that crap but if we make it legal an tax it like we do smokes we would be able to make money hand and fist! ok a tax on a dime bage 100% tax that is over 20$ an i know guys/girls that go though 3dimes a day so take 1 guy 2 dimes aday over 40$ a day 7 days a weeks that is 280$+ a weeks that is noly one persion an the "goverment" takes 50% of it at 140$ a week fomr 1 perison an gangs will buy "tons" of weed! a hole new era would be born!




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#8 13 years ago

Good post Nordicvs. Cannabis should be legal.




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#9 13 years ago

jeffbrakMarijuana should be legal. It has just as many consequences as beer, maybe less...

I personally don't smoke it, however I know a couple of people who do and they are pretty damn smart (and talented).

If not as many, more is more like it. Contains four times the so called tar of a normal cigarette. Causes perminant brain damage, no matter how often you use it.

So many people have smoked themselves retarded at my school its disgusting. Not only that, but since it is in an affluent neighborhood, mary jane isn't the only thing being used. Cocaine is quite popular, and several people mistake my Norwegian and British background as being a cokehead. Idiots...

Definatly not. The only one that should be considered is marijuana. So many people do it, that should it be legalized, it could be taxed and milliions made off its sales. This would also let the FDA regulate it, so that this pot that is sixteen times stronger than the old 1960s dope can be watered down, so to speak.

I'm suprised that this thread is just getting started now! With so many Dutchies here, I would have figured this would have gotten underway long ago.




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#10 13 years ago

Weed should be legal, yes, as should other soft drugs. Hard drugs should remain illigal tho. Soft drugs is pretty much allowed here in The Netherlands and.. well, i havent noticed anything bad about it.. if people want to fuck their brain up, let them. I dont really care about what they do.. It wouldnt make sense to start arresting people for using something as trivial as that, the jails are full enough as it is *hint hint*