Why I Think All Drugs Should Be Legal

Legalize ALL of the drugs. You should not be arrested for harming only yourself.

The argument I often hear is “Well what if someone does some cocaine and they attack someone?!” Well, you arrest them for the violent offense, not possession.

If I go buy some cocaine, then am driving home so I can shoot it up, I should not be arrested for that. It’s none of anyone’s goddamn business.

You say “Well it hurts people, so let’s make it illegal.” So you throw them in prison, where they still have access to it (in fact, MORE access), and instead of being just a simple drug user, now they are thrown in prison around a bunch of rapists and murderers who will make the drug user more violent because they have to defend themselves. What happens when they get out? They are more violent and defensive because they’ve had to fight the murderers and rapists. That’s a BIG problem. Instead of just being a simple cokehead within the confines of my own home, now I’m having to defend myself in prison from the murderers and rapists. That makes me violent. And I’m NOT giving up my drugs, so I know I’m going to be arrested. AGAIN. The vicious cycle unnecessarily continues.

How is this “helping out” those with drug addictions again?

If we legalize it, we can tax it. There are profits to be made (which will stimulate the economy). It will decrease the prison populations, so we don’t have to give plea bargains to murderers and rapists, as well as paying more taxes to create more prisons.

The black market is where all of the drugs are bought now. You know who runs the black market? Criminals. Murderers. People who do not give a shit about the law. They take advantage of those with drug addictions because they know they are going to have to buy the drugs from them, and that makes the simple drug users more violent because they are having to be on guard from the person they are buying their drugs from.

If someone is using meth and is only harming themselves and they don’t want help, it’s none of your goddamn business.

If they want to use meth until it kills them, that should be their right. If they want help, then you should be able to help them out. But if they don’t, you’re going to take away their meth, which is going to make them crave it more, which is going to make them more violent to get it, which is going to harm you, then they get arrested for it, then they’re around violent people, then they get more violent because they have to be defensive, then they get out and they’re going to go right back to the drugs, only this time more defensive and more secretive, and the cycle continues unnecessarily.

First off, it is not your responsibility to keep someone from using drugs. It is their choice. If they don’t want help for it, then it is not your duty to stop them. Yes, it’s sad. But what helps out more? You taking away their drugs and throwing them in prison, then they get pissed off and violent and turn RIGHT back to the drugs, OR you give them an opportunity to say “You know what? I’m tired of doing drugs. I need help,” and then you help them out instead of throwing them in prison and forgetting about them?

If you let people do drugs enough, SOME of them are going to get help voluntarily. If they don’t, then it is not your duty to “help them out” by making them more violent and arresting them. Legalize ALL of the drugs, tax it, let people destroy themselves or indulge in their addictions, arrest them only if they harm someone else or their property, and allow them to voluntarily get help if they so desire. Mutual decisions made out of love will always trump the actions of someone’s good moral intentions created by the fear of not doing them and ultimately backed up by force.

February 18, 2013.

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21 thoughts on “Why I Think All Drugs Should Be Legal

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  2. Loomis

    This would transition tax money (probably even the surplus off of sales of ALL LEGAL DRUGS (smh)) spent on prisons to social programs, inpatient and hospitals for everyone being addicted. How many people use meth or heroin once and walk away???? Virtually no one. So let’s legalize that. So… what junkie has money to pay for their own treatment??? Virtually no one. Fuck yeah, let’s hand out krokodil at elementary schools (and please Google Image krokodil for fun) Point being, if society condones something, it will make people more likely to try it through social influence. Social influence or peer pressure and authority has so much to do with the choices made. Sounds pretty dystopian.

    Many harder illegal drugs are correlated to violent crimes due to the way it changes neurochemistry and most drugs permanently alter neuro pathways making people dependant on them to feel the euphoria once reached by being sober, happy and well adjusted. People need therapy, not drugs. You sound like a therapist could help you, not drugs. In fact, I guarantee you that if you were a substance use clinician for a year and had a sample of the destruction it does to people who want to change but are having trouble quitting, your view would change drastically.

    I can tell you put effort fourth to make a argument against our current system but you are clearly missing pieces to the puzzle. On top of all of this, one innocent person being injured and maimed by a drug addict is too many. Maybe if you had a close family member or offspring killed by an addict, you would feel differently. Probably all it would take.

    1. codyalanreel Post author

      The principle comes down to who owns whose body. I own my body and no one else’s. Everyone owns his or her own body. People are given consciousness to decide what to do for himself or herself, including what to do with his or her own body. To take away the freedoms for people to use harmful drugs is to say that the State owns their body. The way to battle drugs is to peacefully inform as many people willing to listen about the harm of drugs, and if they don’t listen, it’s their choice. It isn’t compassion to send in armed law enforcement to kick down doors, shoot dogs, handcuff drug addicts, and lock them in jail for years and years and years. It is better to let the drug addict destroy their own life with drugs than to destroy the drug addict’s life with imprisonment (when they’re still going to be addicted to the drugs, and thus, the cycle of drug addiction is now compounded with a cycle of life in and out of prison). And before you say that “Jail is better than drugs”, you’re wrong. “What is better” is purely subjective to each individual making the decisions. Each person decides for himself or herself what is best. It doesn’t matter what I think, it doesn’t matter what YOU think, people, on a daily basis, make decisions where they decide what to do for themselves. It is inhumane to take away one’s right to consume whatever one wants for oneself, whether it be cheeseburgers, cigarettes, or heroin. Inform people of the dangers of drugs, but don’t take away their rights to their own bodies.

      But, to answer some of your points specifically: If the meth addict doesn’t want treatment, then he shouldn’t have it. And considering the number of people that exist such as yourself, who wish to help out drug addicts, you can work on raising money to help those addicted to drugs. Based on how many people there are such as yourself, there would be help for people addicted to drugs. Not everyone would TAKE that help, but would everyone who wants help get it? No. But the same thing is true right now. The issue, once again, comes down to who owns whose body. Your “compassion” means that you own their body, that you know what is better for them than themselves, and that is an anti-freedom position that I cannot support, regardless of how destructive I think the choices of drug addicts are. Inform them and raise your own money to raise awareness peacefully.

      “let’s hand out krokodil at elementary schools” You say that as if the school would be handing it out. That’s nonsense. The people that would be handing it out are the same people ALREADY doing it. The difference is that instead of ruining their lives with drugs, a criminal record, and being put in prison for years around truly nasty, violent people, they’re only ruining their lives with drugs (how many people get off drugs because of prison? Seems like the recidivism rate would suggest that many of them don’t, so even the stated PURPOSE of the War on Drugs doesn’t work).

      “Point being, if society condones something, it will make people more likely to try it through social influence. Social influence or peer pressure and authority has so much to do with the choices made.” I don’t necessarily disagree with that. But you are neglecting the fact that many young people, who are so easily influenced, are influenced by exactly the OPPOSITE of your point. Society CONDEMNING something often makes them want to try it, because they want to find out for themselves what is so BAD about what is being condemned. Once again, the only difference is that they are going to jail with an addiction instead of just having an addiction. Also, you are neglecting to recognize that just because something is legal doesn’t mean there won’t be attempts to inform consumers of the dangers of drugs. Cigarettes, alcohol, and fast food are all legal, yet there’s tons and tons of people out there trying to (peacefully) convince consumers not to BUY cigarettes, alcohol, and fast food due to the dangers involved. Once again, the issue comes down to who owns whose body. That’s the main point.

      “In fact, I guarantee you that if you were a substance use clinician for a year and had a sample of the destruction it does to people who want to change but are having trouble quitting, your view would change drastically.” For one, that seems awfully presumptuous of you. Assuming that I would automatically change my principles in the way that you think that I would. I live in an area with a massive drug problem. I’ve worked in retail in a small town, and I’ve seen countless people shop who you could tell were addicted to drugs. I’ve gone to school with many people who are now drug addicts. Don’t try to tell me that I don’t know what drugs can do. Once again, that was a very presumptuous thing of you to say. However, regardless of how destructive it is to their lives, and regardless of how much I would wish they would clean themselves up, I would never (again) advocate taking away their rights to do drugs. It is their life, they can do what they wish. If talking to them doesn’t help, then they will have to be the ones to deal with the consequences of their actions. If they become violent, then we can deal with them at that point. Even if there is a direct correlation between drugs and violence (which there seems to be), the current drug laws arrest people for possession (which shouldn’t be a crime: who have they attacked by merely POSSESSING these drugs?) Non-violent drug users get caught up in this as well, which is inhumane. The solution to a problematic person is not to take away the rights of multiple individuals. Ever.

      “On top of all of this, one innocent person being injured and maimed by a drug addict is too many.” I absolutely agree. But the issue always comes down to who owns whose body. To say that you own someone else’s body is slavery (Murray Rothbard has something good to say about the rights of children).

      “Maybe if you had a close family member or offspring killed by an addict, you would feel differently. Probably all it would take.” Once again, your presumptuousness is absolutely disgusting and deplorable. I will not continue this conversation if you continue to make such disgusting presumptions as to any situation regarding my loved ones and any drug addictions they may have.

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