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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    So you are saying that the actual law under which something is made illegal is relevant. Would it be OK to ban possession of crack cocaine under the same legislation that arsenic is banned, then?
    No, that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying you should stop derailing the debate by picking up on technicalities and semantics when it's obvious that in the context of the drug legalisation debate the word 'drug' refers to recreational substances covered in the Misuse of Drugs Act. Crack cocaine is a recreational drug, arsenic is an industrial chemical. There is no demand for recreational arsenic.
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    (Original post by Captain Haddock)
    There is no demand for recreational arsenic.
    Only because it went out of fashion when people realised it could be harmful to them. I wonder why other recreational drugs haven't gone out of fashion despite it being well known how much harm they can do.
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    (Original post by @*=-+1!<>6)
    Yep. No word on which one though.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34571609
    Ugh. What a shame.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    I see. It is rather like using "all drugs" to mean "recreational drugs", isn't it? This commandeering of the language, unfortunately cause confusion. Are people really asking for the possession of any substance held for recreational purposes to be legal? If they are they haven't thought it through.
    I imagine the UN's report goes into more detail to iron out the technicalities, but that's the general gist. Decriminalisation has been shown to work in a few countries already. People ought not to be thrown in prison for an addiction they can no longer control, these are people in most desperate need of help.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Only because it went out of fashion when people realised it could be harmful to them. I wonder why other recreational drugs haven't gone out of fashion despite it being well known how much harm they can do.
    Because a lot of drugs are relatively safe when approached with a sensible mindset? You can apply the same logic to alcohol, chocolate, or a happy meal.
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    (Original post by Castro Saint)
    Because a lot of drugs are relatively safe when approached with a sensible mindset? You can apply the same logic to alcohol, chocolate, or a happy meal.
    Is crack cocaine approached, ever, with a sensible mindset?

    There seems little doubt that if alcohol and tobacco were to be invented or discovered now they would not become legal to possess, as they could never pass modern product testing. They are only legal for historical reasons.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Only because it went out of fashion when people realised it could be harmful to them. I wonder why other recreational drugs haven't gone out of fashion despite it being well known how much harm they can do.
    I'll tell you why, it's because they are easy and cheap to produce while safer, cleaner alternatives are unavailable due to decriminalization. If people want to get high, they'll do it. Nobody would be using krokodil if actual desomorphine or heroin were available to them from clean, safe clinics.
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    this would have done nothing anyway. nobody cares what the UN says
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    this would have done nothing anyway. nobody cares what the UN says
    I dunno it would have been pretty big, only Uruguay has gone against the UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs, many countries such as India have been pummeled into submission in the not too distant past.
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    Here is a video about the effect on Portugal, America and potentially the rest of the world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7LKfLxVtzE
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    Sounds like it was the US. :eek:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/20/he...ency-says.html
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    Of course drugs should be decriminalized. I used to take a lot of drugs, and I had a lot of fun. Sadly it went too far, it became a serious habit, and it started to **** me up and **** my life up. But I quit and now I'm pretty much fine and my life is good. I can't imagine it would have been so easy to get my life back on track if I had been banged up.
 
 
 
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