Everyone seems to always forget that Portugal already took the decriminalization route and they have had positive results.
"Five years later, the number of deaths from street drug overdoses dropped from around 400 to 290 annually, and the number of new HIV cases caused by
using dirty needles to inject heroin, coc aine and other illegal substances plummeted from nearly 1,400 in 2000 to about 400 in 2006" -
5 Years After
"Those data indicate that decriminalization has had no adverse effect on drug usage rates in Portugal, which, in numerous categories, are now among
the lowest in the EU, particularly when compared with states with stringent criminalization regimes." -
Drug Decriminalization in Portugal
"While drug addiction, usage, and associated pathologies continue to skyrocket in many
EU states, those problems—in virtually every relevant category—have been either contained or measurably improved within Portugal since 2001. In
certain key demographic segments, drug usage has decreased in absolute terms in the decriminalization framework, even as usage across the EU continues
to increase, including in those states that continue to take the hardest line in criminalizing drug possession and usage." -
For this to work in the US and I believe it can, it's as simple as regulating drugs and providing rehabilitation programs. As well as safe places for
people to use drugs. It's obvious we're not just gonna sell it to any person without them knowing about the risks. I'm sure this well also come
along with campaigns such as TRUTH about smoking which have proved successful. "According to research, the decline in youth smoking attributable to
this campaign equates to some 300,000 fewer youth smokers and thus millions of added life years as well as tremendous reductions in health care and
social costs. -
California is gonna do this and regulate it just like alcohol and tobacco. If people know of the risks involved, I don't think they would use it.
Some people are just not gonna do drugs regardless of whether is it legal or not. I know plenty of people who are like this and I'm sure you all do
too. Then there are people like myself and friends of mine who can try many drugs and not become addicted. I've done ecstasy, meth, coc aine,
shrooms multiple times and I've been smoking weed since I was 14. Never once have I or any of my friends wanted to go get our hands on those drugs
again just because we're addicted. We use them sparingly and safely. Yes there are addicts but that's just one of the things that happens. It
doesn't mean everyone will become an addict. Some people are just inclined to and others are just not. It's that simple. If someone becomes addicted
they don't need to be punished, they need to be rehabilitated anyway.
I use drugs when I want to have a fun night out at a club or party and I use them safely. I research before trying any new drugs and make a decision
on whether or not to use it. There are plenty of drugs that I will not try because the risks just scare me. I don't think I even have to explain
weed. I think we all know by now that everything we've been told about weed is a lie. Also, tobacco and alcohol are a lot more dangerous than drugs
such as '___', ecstasy and weed so what's the big deal? - www.msnbc.msn.com...
If people are allowed to use alcohol and continuously kill people while dui'ing and we're allowed to smoke tobacco and kill ourselves then why am I
not allowed to put something a lot less harmful such as cannabis in my body? Heck, even prescription drugs are a lot worse but we all know this
country is catered to those who have money. Why is anyone telling me what I can and can't put in my body anyway? It's my body.
Personally I think government is also scared about losing their grip on our minds. Many drugs open you up to new ways of thinking. Shrooms opened me
up to a whole new world and I learned more about life in those few hours than I have in my entire life. It made me a much better person, opened me up
spiritually and awakened me a lot more to the mess that is our society.