One key argument made against such
a policy is that these drugs are harmful. They can be severely damaging to
people's health and cause drastic side effects. First and foremost in a society
founded on individual liberty, people have the right to make decisions on their
I am pawned if everyone believes so!
We allow respect people's rights to refuse medication, resort to
spiritual healing even when it may harm them; because we believe in individual
rights and liberty. Similarly people should have the right to choose when it
comes to drugs. Secondly, we already
allow drugs that are more dangerous than the ones made illegal. Tobacco has drastic
long term effects like lung collapses, lung and mouth cancer, respiratory
disorders compared to marijuana and similar drugs that have lesser long term
harm effects. Also we cannot protect people from everything that may harm them.
Obesity is becoming a growing problem with heart diseases and other side
effects severely harming people and sometimes being fatal. However, we would
consider it extreme to ban fat. We believe in informing people about balanced
diet to keep themselves healthy. A liberal drug policy actually provides people
with information, medical, legal and social support to prevent misuse and harm
whereas current policies leave people susceptible by cutting of such support.
Another argument is that allowing
all drugs will make drugs accessible to everyone, resulting in more addiction
across the board. Addiction consequently deteriorates society as people are
unable to perform their social responsibilities and function as a connected
member of society. However, the assumption that just because drugs are
available people will use them and get addicted is a fallacious assumption.
Using a drug, let alone getting addicted has more to do with individual and
overall environment instead of just the availability.
Those who want to use drugs and abuse
them will do so no matter what.
I don't buy this argument ! Its like laws don't matter at all, one who wants to do something would do it without thinking twice !Common now , easy availability of a bad thing is to have bad consequences of course !
The creation of new party drugs, abuse of
prescription medications, inhalant abuse just shows that there will always be
people willing to abuse substances legal or illegal. On the other hand many
people, who have used illegal drugs, have been able to do so responsibly. They
use drugs for years merely for the relief, pleasure or recreation it provides
them and continue to succeed at school, report to work, build a career and have
successful families. Similarly despite
alcohol and tobacco being freely available many people refuse to use them for a
variety of reasons. The key difference is the need to rely on drugs versus
merely using them as a supplement in life.
Studies have shown that people who
tend to abuse drugs usually suffer from depression, anxiety and other forms of
mental disorders. People turn to drugs due to social confusion, rejection and often
resort to substance abuse.
Ya, at the moment only these are the people who generally use it, but after legalising even those who are not like these but just want to experiment, or have just heard about drugs , or for any useless reason would also join the party.
They abuse drugs in order to feel better or be able
to do better. People with a strong network of friends and family, people who
encourage and support them in life are less likely to use or abuse drugs.
Making drug inaccessible does not solve the core of the problem. It leaves the
problem unsolved and lets people seek illegal avenues or find other negative
means to resolve their problems. Instead of banning drugs the focus should be
on forming healthy social structures and providing means of emotional support
to people who may seek drugs due to social shortcomings.
One of the strongest arguments
against drugs has been the harm principle. Drugs can be mood and personality
altering, causing people to become abusive, violent and irresponsible towards
people around them. People can cause severe injuries or death, by driving cars
or operating machinery on a high, or drug trip. Hence, drugs should be illegal
due to the harm it causes to innocents.
While the argument in favor of
protecting people from harm due to drug users appears sound, rational and
Then the first argument where i thought i was pawned, goes to hell !
However, it misses the key aspect of near and present danger. Just
because drug usage may result in these problems, does not mean every instance
of drug usage will cause these problems. It is unfair towards responsible drug
users who may potentially never do something like that. Alcohol is a mood altering
drug that also diminishes reflexes and body functions. While there are a lot of
people who do drive drunk, or become abusive while drunk causing harm to
others; most users of alcohol drink responsibly.
huh?any proof ?
People wanting to use drugs
with similar effects deserve the opportunity to use them responsibly.
Legalizing drugs will also prevent
many incidents of harm caused by drug use. Many people who use drugs are
unaware of its potency and how it affects them. Alcohol is legal and has
requirements. The labels state that one alcoholic beverage has 5% alcohol while
another has 50%. People know what their tolerance levels are. With no labels or
information to guide them people using illegal drugs have no idea of the
potency level of what they are consuming. Sometimes they are misguided about
the potency as well as the additives and other drugs that could be mixed in.
The result is people not knowing what they are consuming and what their
tolerance is. With legalization of drugs people will know exactly what drug
they are consuming, what potency level it is and what their tolerance is.
Has such a thing ever helped ? What we are talking about is like cigarrettes, which everyone wants banned in india , because the potency level, danger signs, etc on the cigarrette packets don't effect anyone who is addicted !
In many ways we are actually adding
accountability and responsibility to drug use. Because people will be warned
about drugs, just like they are warned about effects of alcohol, tobacco or
pharmaceutical drugs. People no longer will be able to blame misinformation or
lack of knowledge for their indiscretions.
Even if they blame that , who buys that argument ?