BugsyR wrote:The way I see it is that we have enough problems with alcohol in this country, why introduce legal drug problems?
If your argument is that drug addiction is bad, you'll get no argument from me or any conscious person. Using drugs is bad for you & society....Getting drunk is bad for you & society....eating to many Twinkies is bad for you & society...Religious & racial intolerance is bad for you & society.......Can we change that by passing laws?....Of course not! (there's an old adage in political science that says: "You Can't Legislate Morality." Congress passing a law means absolutely nothing if that law is unenforceable.
Congress could pass a law tomorrow, repealing the "Law of Gravity".......Could they enforce it?
Drug use, Prostitution, racism, obesity , drinking alcohol, getting no exercise, watching to much TV, not getting medical checkups, too little sleep......(I could go on for pages) are all bad but can they be stopped by passing laws against them?....NO! They exist & there's nothing law enforcement will ever be able to do to prevent them.
(education, family values, church maybe....but Law enforcement?....not a chance)
It's time we grew up in this country & stopped trying to pretend we can "legislate away" all our problems!
Think of all the money we could save (on police, prisons,court over-use,legal fees etc) by stopping the foolish belief that we can stop people from doing things that are bad for them by simply passing laws........Foolish!
Making something illegal does not ensure it wont be done. (it used to be believed that masturbation caused blindness,...... but I was smart enough to stop when I only needed glasses!