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    Ok so we all know drugs/alcohol/smoking are bad for you yes and the law and punishment is generally indicitive of that to a point.

    There are a couple of points i'd like to rehash out which, logically speaking, make more sense than the current laws so here are a few examples;

    Heroin abviously a class A drug due to addiction/harm killing 161 people in 2011 [where only heroin/morphine were present]
    at the same time we then have cocaine as a class a drug which isn't physically addictive [psychologically yes] and in 2011 andon its own killed 21.
    We then have alcohol and tobacco which are both addictive [alcohol withdrawel can be deadly] and killed just shy of 8000 for alcohol and 101,000 for smoking related...
    Weed has zero deaths on its own and one related death and multiple studies extol benefits.

    So heres the question would you see the UK drug laws redone at all to better reflect danger of death/addiction etc. or broadly speaking keep them as they are or something else?
    Do give the reason behind it
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    My personal views:

    - Smoking should be phased out gradually, rationed and then banned. I seriously see 0 benefits.
    - undecided on alcohol... I can't hold my booze and can have maybe a pint of cider before I'm comatose the next day, so I'm a little biased, but I think it's great as a social lubricant (I'm v shy) just hate the binge drinking culture, especially as a student since I'd love to get properly drunk but can't really lol. Idk. Can't see any way of limiting binging without impacting on a friendly trip to the local.
    - weed... Should deffo be less serious etc. I'm not in favour of outright legalisation but maybe for medical use etc. I don't see problems with it and i know legalisation makes it safer but idk I'm not comfortable. Wouldn't want to use it myself but fair enough to those who do...
    - ecstasy, heroin, crack, etc there should be massive crackdowns on imho. Too many pointless deaths, too many lives ruined.

    Basically I feel like I have v strong opinions but turns out I don't lol
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    (Original post by Napp)
    Ok so we all know drugs/alcohol/smoking are bad for you yes and the law and punishment is generally indicitive of that to a point.
    I disagree. The law and morality seem to go hand-in-hand on some occasions (rape, theft, murder, etc) but I'd argue that taking away both the freedom of choice and the personal responsibility of the individual is more immoral than letting someone do what they want with their body.

    As Hendrix once said "I'm the one that's going to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to".

    Weed has zero deaths on its own and one related death and multiple studies extol benefits.
    So not all drugs are bad then? Make up your mind

    I'd sooner completely trash the drug laws and let people do whatever in a vein similar to Portugal.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_p...l#Observations

    However, I think we should go one step further than simply decriminalising them and actually make the use of some of them legal, as then the responsibility truly does comedown to the individual (cannabis would be first, obviously, but the rest would need some debate).
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    (Original post by Drunk Punx)
    I disagree. The law and morality seem to go hand-in-hand on some occasions (rape, theft, murder, etc) but I'd argue that taking away both the freedom of choice and the personal responsibility of the individual is more immoral than letting someone do what they want with their body.

    As Hendrix once said "I'm the one that's going to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to".



    So not all drugs are bad then? Make up your mind

    I'd sooner completely trash the drug laws and let people do whatever in a vein similar to Portugal.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_p...l#Observations

    However, I think we should go one step further than simply decriminalising them and actually make the use of some of them legal, as then the responsibility truly does comedown to the individual (cannabis would be first, obviously, but the rest would need some debate).
    Apologies that was not more than an idle intro as it were. Ones personal opinion on drugs is more of a laissez-faire approach ergo do what thou will )

    Portugals policy has always inttrigued me, I found it rather drole that walking through Lisboa I got asked 6 times in the space of an hour if I wanted weed/hash/cocaine :rolleyes:
 
 
 
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