Jude - you and I disagree on many things but that last statement I agree with.
Novell - I agree with your stance 546456 percent
Remember legalizing does not imply it will not be regulated, moderated or controlled.
just like prescriptions for some drugs - giving people 100000 pills of something and expecting them to take one a day and 10 in a day is dangerous can be silly for many drugs - that is why chemists give out only enough for a week or so. "medically prescribed use" (ie california) where "I want it for recreation and reasons and like how it relaxes me" to me is enough for "ok dude here you go - but hey you have to read this form and I will do some checks for subsequent stache - i will monitor you ra ra ra"
All animals seek "to get high" and actively chemical rushes to do so.
In Africa there is this tea that drops fruit which is a narcotic (a potent one). When this happens ALL animals go out of their way and snack like there is no tomorrow (carnivors even eat it - and they are rolling about with what would otherwise be prey effectively all off their trolly). Some forrest tribes natives rub their lips with a crude form of cocaine.
Drugs isnt something that just "appeared" with modern society, dangerous drugs also have been about for ages, nor has any society naturally formed with the idea of "drugs are bad mmmook" to my knowledge. The armish etc could be said to but they outright reject a lanscape of things - narcotics one of many for reasons I doubt relate to the main cause of dispute of this thread.
Yes there are some dangerous drugs, yes there are dangerous cars to get into. Minimising danger is possible, but Not all agree that minimizing danger as a focus over choice is a good thing.
Yes some drugs are addictive - what many dont beleive is that THOUGHTS are addictive - remember that person you hate ? Well how many times have you thought of "why" you do - over and over and over again - or something your proud about ? Or something you love ? - thoughts which you cycle over and over again.
Addiction itself is not bad, even dependency can be debated not to be bad (some are dependent on wheelchairs WHILE they maintain a set of intentions with the current state they are in) - the only point I am making with this annalogy is that the word "dependency" does not = bad logically, it may be bad circumstantially, but not universally.
For a 0 chance of myself binge drinking in the short term I may be dependent on a light spliff being available OR a good friend being about OR .. OR ... or. Same thing with people being dependent on their partner to be wealthy or their lover to feel calm, or calling their mom every day to feel like a good daughter - dependency exists - SYMBIOTIC dependences can be good - when souls should mature out of certain dependencies should be their choice - and a choice to BE dependent on this or that is also a choice, it may be what they want in life.
IF you want to minimize drug dependency - we should remember when things are not integrated well into society (ie you need to associate with a crowd that naturally are lawbreakers or do not respect the "machine" in regards to how the machine wants to regulate their life and others in order to even get something) ... that is when culture become split.. as there is a REASON for the culture to split (as it is imposing behavior of those living in it which didn't suit them - like everyone being forced to be catholic "or else")
People shouldn't change their behavior to suit the society they are in.
Society and culture should evolve to suit more and more individual desires.
The justification for my reasoning is that most I talk to desire society to be utopia.
If things were legalized and regulated - how potent some strains of this and that could be controlled - there would be less of a black market for the product - more too loose and risk trying black market stuff - and less of an underworld association with needing a "fix" - In all less reasons for splinter cultures to exist - as the prime culture is becoming more inclusive.
I myself adore marijuana - love it.
Some times I feel a need to relax and not care about the world - If i had a spliff about I would have one, to get the same effect while one is not available I may drink a lot of alcohol - way way way more than I should - doing way way more damage to my health and efficiency and coordination than a light spliff would.
I don't want to give my money to those I do not think deserve it, nor ones charging me a fortune because they are the ones which are risking more to be in a black-market industry - a price the consumer ends up wearing as well as the supplier. And frankly society pays for this also as the money I paid is so much more proportional to the cost of its creation - a difference compared to a regulated product would have been spent on other products or services - increasing wealth distribution and more industries.
I want my product regulated, controlled - ideally cultivated by someone what has ALL my desires for that product at heart - in a quality controlled way. Where some of the proceeds of my purchase would likely refining the product so its safer as well as gives me a cleaner "fix".... perhaps until a point its completely safe it all regards.
The only way that is going to happen is if its legal and regulated to me MUCH better than the government not caring at all either way - but all options are better than making it illegal.