samhill wrote:Jpete, you read but don't retain so let me make a point the other way, how many Portugal's would fit into the US? The bigger the area & population the bigger the problem.
And Davian I know for sure there are many high drivers now so would it be safer to have more? As I said most places I know of have designated areas.
Do either or both of you think selling illegal drugs will stop simply because drugs can now be bought legally? I would wait & see how the pot thing works out before jumping into legalizing everything. Health issues are one thing but recreation is another & then again for being against bigger Gov. are you going to trust big business? Just asking.
Yes, it likely would...just like ending Prohibition largely eliminated any bootlegging or moonshine operations. Yes, idiots still make moonshine but its at minuscule levels compared to the levels that occurred during prohibition. The same thing will happen when marijuana is legalized nationwide (and that day is coming fast) and it would be the same with the others.
Also, after the vanity wears off, legalization isn't going to massively change the number of overall users. Would you go inject heroin if it was suddenly legal? I wouldnt and I doubt you would.
There's also the issue of people never using heroin will gladly munch on handfuls of oxycodone and oxycotin because those are "prescription drugs" and therefore safe. Just like the people that snort their adderall pills because those are "safe"...even though chemically, they are nearly the same as speed/amphetamines. Then they get massively addicted and cant afford the cost of oxy (which has a very high street value) and turn to the nice cheap heroin as they're already opiate addicts and by that point they simply don't care. Selective legalization and selective demonization of certain drugs is a failed policy.