I would like to extend a sincere thank you too all that have given their input. So to do a recap up to this point here are the valid concerns that
have been raised.
Making drugs legal would cause and increase in use.
Making drugs legal would allow people to grow their own and make profitability null.
Making drugs legal would have negative effects on the working population.
Making drugs legal would place more burden on the "system"
Taking things one at a time let's look at these valid concerns one at a time. The first point I would like to put forward is the fact that all
points put forward no matter where you stand are speculation. All points are speculative because we have never actually tried to do this [legalize
drugs]. That being said let's think about the first point - Making drugs legal would increase use : I can see where one would make this assumption.
I also feel that initially this statement might be correct. Do however understand than as many have put forward here we are not asking for a free
for all here. I think it's fair to say that even the people that are pushing for legalization want regulation. I don't think we should un-regulate
alcohol because there are legitimate reasons why it is regulated. The same would apply to any drug.
I would also like to point out that some studies have shown marijuana use among dutch youths has actually declined in the past years. It could well
be that marijuanna use as a whole is down world wide among teens and it's just the same in the netherlands as this report states
g-_n_163516.html if you want a link to fox news saying the same thing I will provide it.
Society as a whole has been using marijuana (and other drugs) since the beginning of recorded history. Regardless of legality the use goes up and
down throughout history and will continue to do the same. Do look at china and the opium wars
. It's strange that a war was fought for the un-regulation
of a drug. I personally feel that this was a horrible thing to do to a group of people. They saw the damage being done and tried to regulate it but
a foreign country was profiting off of it so much that they wanted to keep doing so. Hence they fought a war to keep things un-regulated. History
has shown us the danger of un-regulation but once again keep in mind that no one has put forward a free for all, we understand we must proceed with
This as the rest of the points made will probably end with "we just don't know". Until something is implemented we can put good and bad
speculation forward. I don't think the attitude of not trying something on account of bad speculation has ever had a positive outcome. That is just
my thought though and possibly a wrong one.
Making drugs legal would allow people to grow their own and make profitability null.------ I have in the past grown tobacco and brewed my own beer.
It wasn't the fact that I wanted to "stick it to the man", I just wanted to try it. The amount achieved was for personal use among myself and
friends. I don't think it would be any different in drugs. I can't go into business brewing my own beer and selling without paying uncle sam taxes
on it why? One because it's illegal and I don't think the risk merits the reward. Two, and probably the main reason, I don't have the scale to
make it efficient. I don't get truckloads of barley and malt like the major brewing companies. Even if I wanted to take it to this scale there is a
lot of learning to do on my part, learning that could be costly and potentially ruin the endeavor. I am content with picking up a 12 pack from a
place of business regulated
by the government. Once again there is the regulation that would need to be in place for any drug made legal.
Making drugs legal would have negative effects on the working population.-- This is a true and valid statement. But I can however say that I would
take going to work the day after consuming a bunch of marijuana over a day at work after consuming a bunch of alcohol any time.
The effects of alcohol have greatly negative effects on the working population. I would even go so far as to say it would be an easier day after
large consumption of coc aine. So while this point is valid, we have a legal drug that's most likely having more effect on the workforce than
most illegal drugs. I don't look for alcohol being illegal any time soon.
Making drugs legal would place more burden on the "system"-- Once again a valid concern. Let's first look at how drugs are burdening the system
while illegal. I always here about the billions spent yearly on the war on drugs. I would like to point out that many people forget drug possession
(in large quantities) gives the government the ability to seize EVERYTHING you own. Your money, your house, your property, your car, EVERYTHING. If
drugs were legal this would not be the case. I can legitimately say that this will have a burden on the system. I have often wondered if this is the
true reason drugs are not legal. I mean if you are dealing with large quantities of drugs you are going to most likely have large net worth.
I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to see that the government is going to look at this as a great idea to be able to absorb all of that. I do
feel though that if this is really what is holding our law enforcement system up, they have a flawed and corrupt business model. There will
tax dollars! There will probably be tourism, I know personally 3 peoplel that have gone to Amsterdam for no other reason than the fact they can smoke
pot without being a criminal. Just for the sensation of that alone people will throw down thousands of dollars to feel it. Why do you think it would
be any different here? I don't really see where it could not be a profitable endeavor for any country. Also consider the fact of having a
competitive marketplace driving the price down. If I am spending less on the drugs that I am going to buy regardless of their legality guess what? I
got more money to spend on other things. New shoes, clothes, washer and dryer.... basically all the things that are stagnate in our current market
because people don't have the money 2 spend.
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