Drug legalisation "sends the wrong message"?

By Joe-(5-HTP) · Nov 1, 2014 · ·
  1. Joe-(5-HTP)
    A key argument prohibitionists make is that legalization 'sends the wrong message' - especially, of course, to children. Let's consider what message the current prohibition sends:

    Marijuana has no accepted medical use.

    kids deserve to go to jail for using cannabis.

    The best thing to do with people who are in the grip of a horrible addiction is put them in prison.

    People deserve to go to prison for doing something of their own free choice with their body, that harms no one else & is not more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.

    Policy should be based on irrational fear-mongering about children, not rational evidence based science.

    These, and many other offenses to reason and liberty, is the message sent by prohibitionists.

    So let's talk about the dangerous message they send. Let's expose this ridiculous fear-mongering propaganda which is the bandaid they are currently trying to desperately stretch over their gaping hole of a wound in their arguments, institutions & public perception. These pathetic catch-phrase talking point propaganda strategies are just the final screams of a dying monster. The last resort of a decaying ideology unable to justify its existence anymore in the face of growing awareness of its failures.

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  1. fleur du mal

    I agree with you completely. I believe that fear-mongers use the "protect the children" argument precisely because they cannot support their position with any actual evidence. This is why they capitalize on many people's biggest fear, that their children might be harmed by drugs. As you mentioned, alcohol and tobacco are just as, if not more, harmful than illegal drugs. I have seen arguments that certain drugs should remain illegal, but it seems that they are often based on the prejudices of the particular individual. Of course, all drugs carry the risk of addiction, but so do many things which are completely legal, such as gambling and pornography.

    I refuse to believe that any person has the right to legislate how another person chooses to experience the world (as long as that person is not infringing on the rights of others). It seems to me that many people have great difficulty separating their attitude towards drugs from their particular social and historical context. I think that people could gain a lot of valuable perspective on the subjectivity of cultural bias against drugs if they did a bit of research on the subject before spouting off ill-informed opinions.
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