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Belinda wrote:People who make themselves ill are a drain on society.
ogdread wrote:I'd like you to explain your reasoning. It's an interesting topic that deserves more detailed discussion.
ogdread wrote:I am not convinced that all drugs affect only the individual using them.
Belinda wrote:It is not a sound reason for de-criminalising drugs that people have a right to put what they want into their bodies.If you think that this is a right, it would be interesting to hear if you have an argument rather than just an assertion .
Belinda wrote:1. the present drugs policy of trying to stop them at source is not working. 2. the policy of criminalising users is counter-productive , as it makes people defiant,whereas it has been seen that the policy on cigarettes and alcohol the use of which is not criminal,that persuasion and education are significantly effective in reducing their use.3. The delay in de-criminalising drug use is a cause of drug-related crime. 4.In failing to take the best advice the government is suspected of trying to please the reactive voters.
ogdread wrote:Now I won't claim to be an expert on substance abuse, but don't certain drugs increase aggression?
ogdread wrote:As a solution to the problem, the government could regulate and impose taxes on drugs, so that the drug users are essentially paying for their own care.
ogdread wrote:Should parents be allowed to abuse substances?
Luthor wrote:if drugs were all of a sudden legal there would be a big increase in drug users and it would result in more violence and more crime and would leave the country in a broken state.
Belinda wrote:I did NOT say that if drugs were made legal, significantly more people would use them. I said that among other reasons for legalising drug use, one reason is that if drugs were made legal and eduaction and persuasion were employed to curtail their use,as for cigs and alcohol, significantly fewer people would use drugs.
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