Unfortunately, this is what history tells.
Banning drugs has NEVER ever stopped anyone using them. It's "Human Nature".
The point isn't who will be stopped by illegality, because of course it would be unrealistic to hope that all drug use could be stopped, it's who will be drawn into taking drugs for the first time by legality and the subsequent commercialisation of drugs.
i lived in the uk for a while once upon a time... if junkies are regularly targeting your house, then time to move down to the road... about a kilometre made the difference... from boscombe to southbourne... no dramas there...
You misinterpreted my point, I don't regularly get targeted by junkies. My point was that by legalising drugs you'd take away their main source of income and so they'd most likely turn to other types of crime (like robbery).
People can't be trusted to take care of themselves. Legalize drugs and they will of course get easier to obtain, which I think will eventually lead to more people becoming addicted and more lives ruined. I for one don't share this "if people want to destroy themselves, then let them"-attitude. (Besides, if a person becomes an addict, there is seldom only 1 person who suffers.)
People aren't smart/mature enough, especially not when there's peer pressure involved.
I completely agree with this.
Isn't that a bit 'patronizing' to say, at the least?
Many folks use drugs (alcohol, cigarettes, pot, whatever), for incidental recreational use, without getting into any kind of trouble at all.
But the argument isn't about people who don't get in trouble. You don't have a solution for the people who do have problems - all you're saying is let them rue their mistakes...but that wont stop them from being a problem to society.
I used to think this way. But I've seen too much that leaves me shaking my head. It gives me no joy to say it, but education doesn't work.
You know how many young people end up drugged out of their minds or dead?? Did they ALL have bad parents who didn't talk to them about the dangers? Come on. I've seen it happen to people who had great parents.
As I'm typing this, someone in a first-world country is heading out to the club in hopes of getting lucky with a stranger. And they aren't bringing any condoms with them. Now unless you've been living under a rock for 25 years, you know about AIDS (not to mention unwanted pregnancy). They know; they just choose to disregard.
People have unprecedented amounts of information at their fingertips, yet they are now even eating themselves into obesity, disease and death (with legal and healthy substances... like food!).
George Burns smoked for 80 years and lived to be 100. Steven Tyler snorted half of Colombia in the 70s and 80s and he lived.
It won't happen to me. It won't happen to me.
There is no education against this attitude.
I wish I could've said it as well as you