No, we have a drug problem in this country and it's not likely due to the fact that people just want to break the law to use drugs. That being said, making it criminal is only costing tax payers money in retaining individuals that made poor choices, but are still susceptible to using when they are free, if we spent the same amount ensuring that people recover and educating others on the dangers and effective ways of coping with life, then we'd all be better off. One bad decision shouldn't ruin your life, but it should turn it around.
I believe that if you have nicotine and alcohol legal then why not other drugs. But I would prefer that recreational use of any and all drugs, including tobacco and alcohol be prohibited. I do think that medical use of all drugs should be expanded.
I believe that drug users should not be criminally punished unless the drug use resulted in the harm of another person (driving while on drugs, assaulting someone while on drugs, etc). If someone is caught using drugs and they are not harming anyone, the drugs should be confiscated and that person should be sent to mandatory drug rehabilitation if it is a hard drug and/or large quantity (case-by-case basis). I also think that people who deal hard drugs (excluding marijuana) should be convicted, as these people are knowingly profiting off of other people’s addictions.
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