You can't say "drugs" without specifying what you are talking about.
None of the points brought up so far apply to marijuana, for instance. You cannot possibly overdose on marijuana, at least by normal means. You would
pass out or throw up before being able to reach a dangerous level. It has been proven that marijuana is not physically addictive, although it can be
as mentally addictive as reality tv is for some people. Or Cheetos. Marijuana is not damaging to the human body unless it is smoked. It can be
vaporized and then it is harmless. Actually, it seems to reduce cancer risks, among other benefits. No one has ever died from marijuana use. As for
unpredictability, I'd say a stoner is about as predictable as anyone can be. They do not tend to make quick decisions or movements.
On the other hand, you have something like meth. You can definitely overdose on meth. Meth is terribly physically addictive. It does horrible things
to the human body, such as putting holes in the brain that can be seen when scanned. Meth users are very unpredictable.
Putting these two substances in the same category and then trying to decide why they are illegal is futile.
And what about all the legal drugs? Alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, codeine, morphine, ritalin, adderol, oxycotin, xanax, etc. What makes these
Actually, looking back on my list there, I think those are all drugs that take you down on Leary's 8-Circuit Model of
Drugs that Leary said open your mind, or take you up a level of consciousness, would include marijuana, peyote, psilocybin, '___', '___', and..yoga.
These drugs have the potential for abuse among certain people, but when used properly they can be therapeutic and beneficial.
So, I think that there are two reasons for a drug to be illegal.
1) The drug is too damaging to the population--heroin, coc aine, meth, etc. They may actually have our best interests at heart here, or perhaps
they just don't want a ruined workforce.
2) The drug opens the mind of the population, and we can't have that--marijuana, psilocybin, '___', etc. Use of these types of drugs seems to go hand
in hand with distrust of the government and deciding that mainstream culture is unacceptable.
Please, no anecdotes about how you know so and so and they ruined their life with marijuana or acid. I know so and so that ruined their life with
alcohol, and I also know person x who drank a glass of wine every day and lived a wonderful, compassionate life, dying at 110. I know one person who
ate food every day and stayed skinny, and I know someone else that ate way too much and ended up morbidly obese. You can't always blame the