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On Drugs
The illegality of drugs is a weird thing. It's basically prohibiting a feeling. None of those feelings and thought patterns drugs creates are wrong. The drugs are only stimulating capabilities of the human brain that we can't touch by ourselves. What's truly amazing about drugs is that all of those feelings can exist. It makes you wonder about perception itself. Is what we see, hear, feel, smell, taste really what the universe is like? Definitely not, it's just our brain putting the pixels together in a certain way. Drugs just rearrange the pixels and create a different image.

 And yet certain drugs should certainly be made illegal. They can ruin lives with addiction and can cause lifetime mental and physical damage. But no matter how many different repercussions are promised for drug use, no government is ever going to be able to completely regulate it. People are always going to want to leave their minds and bodies. And that's a personal choice in my eyes.

So what should we teach our kids about drugs, when a feasibly large portion of society has at one time or another tried an illicit drug, most notably marijuana of course? Should we only send horror messages to kids about what these drugs can do? Certainly that would just entice more kids to try. But what about their benefits? And isn't it hypocritical that alcohol is still legal? What about the pharmaceutical market? That's one of the biggest money making businesses in the world and how much different is what they do than what the drug dealers do?

The drug revolution of the early 70s is over. Is it time we approach the education on drugs differently? That would allow the concession that there might be something to learn from trying drugs. Can anyone here speak to that? With the amount of artistic innovation that has evolved from the artist's drug use it would be naive to say that drugs can only do harm. It's their overuse and their addictive properties that ruin lives. But can't their secrets to perception truly do good? For some drugs aren't right, for me they don't work and I stay away, but for others, whose brains are in tune to that sort of release, they can do a lot of good.

Are we still afraid of drugs in the 21st century? Or can we at least admit that it's not such a black and white issue?
Very provocative what you say, and personally, I am annoyed as I disagree, but to respond, I'll try to think clearly when upset.

First of all, many feelings are prohibited by laws, for instance the feeling of murder, rape, theft, and even suicide. Moreover, Euthanasia is amazingly illegal in most places. Walking naked in the street is illegal, and many other feelings are prohibited when you live in a society. Should all of them be illegal, obviously not, but many should be so we should talk about the specifics.

Similarly, the fact that no government is going to be able to completely regulate it is not an argument as it also applies to murder, rape, theft, suicide etc.

 If drugs were completely personal and effect no one, like for instance gay relationships are, I would actually tend more to agree with you. But this is not the case. People on drugs harm society in many ways, and cost society a lot when they are being treated to cure them. This is also true for people who eat a lot, or smoke, but that's harder to regulate, though people are trying, with laws whose aim is to forbid you of at least harming others while smoking. Addicts don't only harm society when being cured but also in the day to day in different ways.

I can also add that I personally know several people whose life got completely messed up by grass. They had reasons to use it - they were very depressed, but it wrecked them.
I also know people who used different (light) drugs and really liked it, and felt it helped them relax and see different things as you describe.

This distinction brings me to another point: how strict should enforcement be?
In several southern states gay sex, or even sex between a white person and a black person, is illegal. I think in most states sex with animals is illegal. These laws are rarely enforced (though I seem to remember a case in texas a few years ago). Should medical marijuana be legal - definitely,  should enforcement be very light - yes.

But why make it legal? Some people simply need protection. There are many laws enacted to protect people from themselves, and you can't trust people to always do what's best for them. Many laws protect kids, but should adults be thrown to the wolves? I'm not sure there is so much to gain from completely legalizing it, except some sort of regulation on it.
You must admit that the moment it will be legalized many more people would use it, and some people would use it more than at the moment. Moreover, they won't be as aware of its dangers as it's legal.

But there is a different argument and that of legalizing all drugs. In that case you lose a lot, but you also gain a lot by hurting the mob and the drug trade. At least in this case what you gain is enormous. I'm against it, but I think it at least makes more sense than simply legalizing marijuana which has a lot of very bad effects on the mind that people simply don't understand, and not that much will be gained.

There are other issues but I'll stop here.

In response to George Browning

I love talking on these topics, as I am very strongly opinionated on our countries freedoms.

Goerge, if you don't mind my asking, how has your friends life been messed up by grass?  I have never heard of such.

In response to George Browning
Im sorry but you're central premise that many feelings are prohibited by law - such as the desire to murder -  and hence, the feelings induced by drugs should also controlled in a similar fashion, is rather ridiculous.  None of these feelings are illegal.  Rather, committing these acts are illegal and with regards to drugs we are just talking about emotional states - feelings.  So, to follow that drugs themselves should be made illegal under similar grounds is outright inconsistent, and it is frankly a little scary that one would assume that thoughts alone are illegal in this country.
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