cyprusgrump wrote:Jerry wrote:Grump, Perhaps I should have said, drugs, what's the point, there are other much less harmful ways to enjoy oneself. Most people who drink and gamble are not addicts, smoking is addictive and harmful that's why the government runs campaigns to help us quit. So let's legalize drugs and then run campaigns to restrict it? The problem with any form of intoxication is that the user may put himself or others in danger through loss of control. Where I live a couple of lads recently got stoned after taking "legal highs”, some sort of horse medication, they were discovered drowned in a local pond. Experts say it can cause agitation, a faster heart rate, higher blood pressure and unsteadiness on the feet.
I wonder how safe or productive society would be if drug taking became as popular as drinking and smoking.
Many would argue that alcohol is much more damaging than taking drugs...
Again, it is the small minority of alcohol users that abuse and or become addicted to it - often causing a great deal of harm to themselves and others in the process.
You've already shown us that no matter how much the government nannies, restricts, bans, taxes, polices or otherwise tells us what we can put in our bodies, people will always find ways of getting their 'high' - be it alcohol, gambling, smoking or drugs. It is no business of the government to tell us what we can eat, drink, smoke or otherwise put into our bodies.
It simply makes no sense to spend billions fighting the inevitable - money that would better be spent treating those that have a serious addition problem. Indeed, (again to use your earlier example) if we taxed those millions of people that were able to use drugs responsibly the whole thing would be self-funding (as you pointed out with alcohol and cigarette harm).
In the UK at the moment (as part of a programme to 'denormalise' alcohol) they are calling for a 'minimum unit price'. This will merely punish those that drink responsibly and not restrict those who do not. Criminals will step in to provide counterfeit booze which is not safe to drink and will be available on the street corner to those who would be otherwise unable to obtain it... Sound familiar...?
Criminals are already stepping in in the UK and making dodgy booze with Vodka factories: there was even a case recently where they managed to blow themselves up due to a combiantion of vapour and an ignition source.
In Cyprus they are reportedly flogging dodgy baccy down in Paphos: just glad I am not a smoker.