Schnauzer wrote:The irresponsible use of drugs is very often a precursor to serious crime.
The addicted are very often inclined to commit criminal acts in order to finance their addiction.
Responsible citizens (of any nation) decry the prospect of witnessing their children being drawn yet further into a culture of a drug (or alcohol) induced euphoria, the damage caused by 'MISUSE' of either or both of these is obvious wherever such 'MISUSE' is (rapidly becoming) an accepted daily spectacle.
Those who advocate the legalization of the class of drugs known to be (and proven to be) detrimental to health, usually do so out of self interest, confused perhaps by their own little forays into the unknown and mysterious land of "WOW!"! which is the only place which enables them to enjoy their sad lives.
The occasional 'Joint' (if we must be sucked into the jargon) is not quite such an issue providing the user has the intelligence enough to avoid excess, the trouble is, they usually are not.
I would have thought that THIS thread would have developed into an intelligent exchange of views directed toward 'Praise' for the efforts of the Iranian authorities which are apparently the major barrier to an increasingly serious problem in Western society.
Whatever the outcome of 'Lawful Intervention' by those who are empowered to make decisions, I doubt if 'Heroine' (and other such substances) will ever be made freely available to those who regard a 'Buzz' as the ultimate pleasure of their lives, certainly such folk will hardly be able to force their governments to legalize such potentially damaging drugs.
They can all 'Buzz Off' as far as I am concerned.
But heroin was itself developed as a result of the banning of Opium which had been used safely as a recreational drug for generations... The law of unintended consequences again...
There are a number of fundamental problems that arise from trying to ban drugs: -
1) Man has a desire to use drugs to induce pleasure, relaxation or induce an altered state of mind. Always has, always will...
2) You cannot 'uninvent' that which has been invented/discovered
3) Criminals will always step in to provide that which has been banned or rendered too expensive by taxation
The combination of these mean that (unless you wish to live in a totalitarian regime like Iran) there will always be people taking drugs.
So our choice is quite simply one of two paths: -
1) Make all drugs illegal. Users will then buy drugs from criminals whose only motive is profit. There is no control on the strength or quality of the drugs and vendors will be as happy to sell to children as adults.
2) Legalise drugs. Sell them from licences premises to adults and benefit from the taxation of the product.
There are of course other consequences of 1) above - billions spent on trying to stop the trade, hundreds of thousands of lives lost fighting the war against drug gangs and between gangs themselves, etc.