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Response to illachick (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 5, 2014, 11:47 AM

20. Amen

I've lived in a place where drugs were essentially legal. All of them. When I say "essentially" it is because many drugs were technically legal but the laws were unenforced.

The group I ran with did a lot of drugs. It was the 60s and 70s after all.

What I saw is that 1) becoming an addict was really frowned on 2) the group would go through phases where we binged on a specific drug and then would drop it and never come back to it and 3) would figure out very quickly if the drug was a "bad" drug. For example, a guy showed up with pharmaceutical grade PCP. One pinhead snorted would send you to the moon. Problem was, every time we partied on the stuff something bad would happen with someone. I had to keep a girl from jumping off a cliff one night for example. I did too much and ended up comatose for about eight hours. And that was the end of that. No one wanted it any longer.

At the end of this three year experiment the death toll stood at zero. The instances of serious harm stood at zero. Everyone was functional and, for the most part, happy.

I will freely admit that this was risky behavior. But think of the impact that a nice long jail sentence would have had on any of us. Would that have been better?

Of course not.

Here is the truth. People have always done drugs. People will always do drugs. Criminalizing that behavior only creates criminals of people that are not criminals.

Our drug policy is terrible policy and should be shelved immediately. It is counterproductive and extremely harmful to our society.

Yes, all drugs should be legal.

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