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i need your help for my essay on drugs

i am doing an essay on the legalisation of drugs and i would like you to say wheather or not u think they should be legalised and your reasons for it..

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um this would of course depend on what drugs u would like to legalize..

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Kelly my own personal view is that Cannbais shouldn't be legalised cos I think you are opening the flood gates flater leagalisation although I think Cannbais should be available for MS suffers etc.

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I'm certainly in favour of legalising cannabis, and probably if I took my arguments to their logical conclusion all other drugs too.

Cannabis can only act as a 'gateway' to hard drugs as the law stands right now. Because it's illegal, people can only obtain it through illegal channels. These illegal channels are easy to find, so you get lots of cannabis-smokers effectively dealing with the criminal world. Cannabis dealers are likely to have links to hard drugs as well. It's easy for them to push harder drugs on to the cannabis users they already deal with.

Legalise cannabis, and it's available through legal channels and therefore subject to controls. It can be taxed. It can be given a high price (like cigarettes) to discourage people using it (though this price must remain below the street price to avoid people turning to the dealers again). There's nothing which would make that a 'gateway' to harder drugs.

In any case, there's no reason for smoking cannabis to be illegal. Cannabis users pose no particular threat to society. They merely become extremely boring people. It addles their brains, but so does most television. It's a private recreational activity.
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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.

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thefeedesigner I personally see alcohol and Cigarettes as drugs just as harmful if not more harmful than drugs but if they were invented today they would never be legalised. You can't use them as excuses to legalise drugs, I'm sorry but there is no comparsion.

Also I have worked with addicts and many of them state that they start with Cannbais and then they want to get a bigger high so to say that Cannbais has no LT effects is to underestimate it. But it leads to things that we or no-one can control, its easy to blame society but what does that mean??

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There is no comparison. Why not?

There is a comparison because heroin, cannibas and cocaine weren't invented yesterday either.

"Mentally prepare? Why? When you plan something it never works. It's simple: get in, drive car, see what happens."
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I wouldn't put Ecstacy and Cocaļn on the same level as Canabis. I can think of many teenage deaths linked to Ecstacy. It's a dangerous drug. Canabis isn't nearly as dangerous.

The problem I have with legalising canabis is that it would mean that people would get to smoke it in public. I already hate the smell of cigarettes, I'd rather not be forced to sit through the smell of Canabis as well. I don't care if people choose to smoke joints in their homes, but I'd rather not have them smoke in the streets. People who've been to Amsterdam know that the entire city stinks, even though it's only allowed in coffeeshops.

But canabis should definitely be made available to people who need it for medical reasons.

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I agree Tine that all drugs shouldn't be just lumped together (as maybe I tried to do in my first post).

Each should be considered on its own merit (or not!?).

"Mentally prepare? Why? When you plan something it never works. It's simple: get in, drive car, see what happens."
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I think cannabis should be legalized (it is in the Netherlands). I mean, it's not more dangerous than smoking or alcohol, when you use it in the same measure.

But a risk of legalising cannabis is that people are gonna try other drugs, because what's forbidden is good (well, that's what some people think), which is not good of course.

And abother issue is, how far will you take the legalising? I mean, people smoke joints at school here, but that is not legal. When they get you with a joint, you have a problem.

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adnil, you lucky, lucky dog..

Here in the U.S. we dream about going to Amsterdam. The fantasy is to step into a cafe and say:

"Yes, ma'am, I would like one extra large, kind phatty and a thick shake please..."

lol.

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I do think marijuana should be legal. I do feel that the current legal substances of alcohol and cigarettes are far more addictive.
I like marijuana but I have never completely craved it or violently needed it. I enjoy it when I have it but don't need it if I don't. Such is not to be said about alcohol and cigs.

Alcohol makes (some) people aggressive and belligerent. Marijuana has a calming affect. You don't hear too much of someone partaking of herb and then driving and killing someone. Yet drunk driving is one of the leading killers of people here in the U.S.

I disagree that marijuana is a gateway drug..I would leave that label to alcohol and cigs...I know that I tried alcohol first, then cigs, then mj.

Marijuana is a plant. It's a natural plant that God, Science, Buddha or whomever you believe in put on this Earth. The plant itself has many uses. It's a good thing but it's like most anything..good in moderation...

If the government didn't make mj illegal, I think kids would be less interested in it. It would be acceptabe and kids wouldn't be "rebelling" or there wouldn't be that sense of excitment if they did do it.

Our government is making so much money on the "war on drugs" that it's more beneficial for mj to be illegal...it's sick and twisted but it is the government.

I want to stress that I only am for the legalization of natural drugs i.e. marijuana and mushrooms...nothing synthetic or man made like cocaine, crack, heroine etc...those are just too scary...

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adnil, you lucky, lucky dog..

Here in the U.S. we dream about going to Amsterdam. The fantasy is to step into a cafe and say:

"Yes, ma'am, I would like one extra large, kind phatty and a thick shake please..."

lol.
lmao...but I'm a "saint". I never took any drugs, but I do think that everyone should be able to smoke a joint when they want to. See my first post

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Good for you

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I partly agree with you, vw43. Yes, Marijuana has a calming effect, but I find people under influence of marijuana can be a pain in the ass.....and they certainly shouldn't drive!!!!

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lol@Tine...I feel the same way about drunk people when I haven't been drinking..I feel like I am the only intelligent person amongst a herd of stinky, unintelligible beasts...but I assure myself that I do not act that way when I am drunk.

As for driving after smoking, I find I am more attentive to the road and those around me...also, most stoners drive slow...

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