a reply to: EvidenceNibbler
Caffeine, and arguably sugar, could be considered as such.
I'm not sure whether or not something is a "drug" should play much part in semi-serious discussion though.
@Tiny: "Contact high" is most certainly a thing, depending on what you think it is. Defined as some kind of strange osmosis, it is a bit silly, but
growing up its what we called someone who was, say, in a car with people hotboxing even if they didn't actually smoke themselves. Interestingly, had a
friend who preferred that..
I really don't think that the argument for legalization and regulation should revolve around whether or not it is "dangerous." Comparing to alcohol,
it is quantifiably less harmful, however some who advocate against leg/reg also wouldn't mind seeing alcohol, tobacco, or even caffeine and sugar made
So, it turns into a case of both sides using exactly
the same arguments, which will never, ever lead to anything other than entrenchment.
"Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol and should therefore be legal!"
"Alcohol is more dangerous than cannabis, and should therefore be illegal!"
They are conflicting moral arguments and because of that, no ground will ever, ever be given.
I strongly feel the discussion should focus on the overarcing notion; Does making something illegal solve a given problem?"
I really don't think it does. In fact, the only thing that happens is easier
access and a determination of the type of people who will control
It appears to be an issue that goes far beyond simply cannabis. Essentially, we are deciding who will profit from and control a market (as well as who
would profit from and control the fight against that market), and absolutely nothing more.
Making something illegal because someone(s) find it immoral in some aspect tends to be more of a case of projection and wishing than any sort of
solution based in reality. My argument is that, perhaps this
is the problem, rather than any specific substance. A good first step might be
removing the notion that legality somehow means tacit, blind, total societal approval and everything we don't approve of should be illegal. It
completely ignores reality in favor of moral righteousness.
Does making something illegal actually make it "go away," or is it a case of wishful thinking coupled with the never-ending desire to convert others
to our own moral convictions?