(Original post by Sephiroth)
The laws are there to protect us from others, or ourselves. One could say criminalising drugs does the opposite because of all the side effects that come with drug dealing and acquiring the money to purchase them. But unless the drug was available legally for free then people would still rob homes and such to get money to buy the drug.
It doesn't need to be free. Alcoholics don't rob houses, generally speaking. However the fact is that criminalisation has enabled MASSIVELY over-inflated prices to be charged for what is, at the end of the day, a bit of refined poppy.
Market rates would be fine.
That sounds good in theory, until you think about the effects on the health system. More people needing treatment for mental health or other drug related illnesses and problems. Then consider the idea that these people may be incapable of working and you have further cost to the tax payer as they claim benefits.
People don't have to work, and as far as I'm concerned they can not work for any reason they fancy.
I don't like this sort of backdoor fascism that leads to people thinking that because we have a welfare state and an NHS that they can dictate behaviour to others.
Of course this is still true for illegal drug takers, but my logic suggests drug taking would increase if legalised and access to it was easy. A lot of people who have never tried them may currently be put off now at the idea of A) Having to get mixed up with drug dealers and B) Breaking the law. Remove these factors and that would get them to try it.
Access to drugs is already very easy. As for the two factors, I only believe that number 1 is in any way significant; but it's rather outweighed by the flip-side of the coin: that we're forcing people to deal with drug dealers when they don't want to.
Another issue to having easy access is the factor of children getting hold of their daddy's Heroin or whatever else.
Happens already, I'm afraid. Since heroin, unlike methadone - already available free on the NHS - is not in liquid form, I imagine the danger would be less.
As for the girl in the skirt, she knows she is taking a risk but a rapist is hardly there to protect her from the skirt.
As you can see, I rather countered that point in another post.
The vast majority of 16 year olds don't know drug dealers, it would be quite worrying if so. If the drug was legalised anyone would be able to get hold of it easily, which would mean more people trying it and getting addicted.
I'm not suggesting giving it to children.
As for drug dealers, I think you underestimate the modern world. There were a good few "drug dealers" at my school, supplying the institution's cannabis needs.
But if you did want it, it'd be easy enough to find. I was offered an assortment of damn near every drug on earth when I was sixteen simply by standing in Buchanan Street (Glasgow's main shopping street, incidentally) at 3.30am.
Now as has been mentioned, controlling it in the way that you have to get it through a pharmacy or only giving it to addicts for their safety then that would work.
What's to stop me saying I'm an addict? Or indeed, getting one dose illegally then throwing myself onto the state for it?