Absolutely Adequate wrote:Exactly why are drugs bad? What causes them to be so? It's my contention that, for the most part, it is the illegality of drugs that makes them so bad.
That's my point. It's the novelty of getting high that makes it appealing. I've been the legal drinking age for over a year, and I could tell you that I could STILL buy marijuana a lot quicker than I could buy beer. The Beer Store is down the street, and Dial-a-Bottle (Like Grocery Gateway for liquor) takes about 30 minutes. The guy who lives in the dorm beside me is a huge pothead and sells drugs, and if he isn't home, the guy beside him always has some weed lying around too. In fact, for the first few months of university this year, marijuana was actually legal on campus. The laws were in limbo and people were outside smoking weed while talking to the campus police with no worries.
But I don't buy any, I'm not into that stuff (I've seen what it's done to my neighbour). I'm saying that if we legalise marijuana, it would be controlled and regulated. People wouldn't feel as rebellious. The street dangers associated with it would be minimized. Hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine obviously shouldn't be legalised, but marijuana can be less harmful than alcohol if used in moderation.
I was not implying that the Government would legalise it for money, only that the reason it is still illegal probably isn't economical.