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To solve a mirade of complicated problems brought on by our "war on drugs" it should be made legal again and abuse of it handled in the same way as alcohol abuse.
Yes, and tobacco gives a good example of how to control use of a dangerous drug. Tobacco advertising is very restricted and - perhaps partly because of this - people's attitudes towards tobacco use have become more negative, and the use of tobacco has declined. When people have problems with drugs, it's a kind of health problem and they need better help than giving them a criminal record.Drug problems becomes a criminal issue when people drive impaired or otherwise directly harm others. I like your neologism "mirade", by the way. I know you mean "myriad", but "mirade" sounds like a French word. Perhaps a French exclamation against extravagance :)
It used to be legal. To solve a mirade of complicated problems brought on by our "war on drugs" it should be made legal again and abuse of it handled in the same way as alcohol abuse.
I think consensual crimes - recreational drugs, prostitution, gambling, etc. - should be legal in general. And it's great that "marijuana POWs" are getting released. Colorado is leading the way for the rest of us.
Uruguay also recently legalized marijuana.
Here's a passage about laws against consensual crimes from the book The End of Faith by Sam Harris. He's quite eloquent about the harm caused by these laws, and their religious motivation. Because religion gives people the sense their religious morality applies to everyone, "morals laws" have a connection to religious faith and it's natural for atheists to oppose them.
And a book review by a former prosecutor about the consequences, motivation etc. of drug prohibition, from the perspective of an insider in the criminal justice system.
There was a third reference I was giving but I don't remember what it was.
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