I really despise the way that alcohol is seen in society as acceptable, where Class A drugs are not.
I despise the culture that says it is OK to down 14 pints of lager, but not to do a few lines, or a joint or whatever.
Cannabis does have harmful effects long-term, but of we all know about smoking and alcohol.
The only problem I have with legalisation is Heroin. I would be quite happy to see Ecstacy, Cannabis and Cocaine available for sale in adult environments (hell, we can at least have the pretence of it being an adult leisure activity)....although of course it would filter down to kids.
Heroin is not the 'one-hit-and-your-hooked' nightmare that propaganda would have you believe, but it is a very dangerous drug...but then so are lots of others that are prescribed every day.
The problem comes with letting go, and I can totally understand why Government is reticent, and anti. Drugs and crime are not mutually exclusive, and even with drugs being freely available we just don't know what the consequences of wholesale legalisation would be.
In the UK there would also be NHS issues to. The general public seem quite happy to pump money into caring for those with smoking- and drink- related diseases, but I'm not sure that would hold sway for those suffering the effects of long-term addiction to Heroin and Crack-cocaine (although we do already, inadvertently).
That then brings up the question of whether we should
or not anyway.
I guess as summation I would be in favour of whitepaper looking at the decriminalisation (in my 'world', that's slightly different from the 'legalisation') of all currently banned recreational drugs.