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My Argument For Drug Legalization in One Page or Less

May 14th, 2010

EXCLUSIVE TO RTR

When I suggest to someone that all drugs should be legalized, 90% of the time I am told how evil drugs are and how they lead to more crime and legalizing them would instantly turn the country into a violent hell hole. Anyone with an open mind can be shown how this is absolute nonsense. The fact that drugs are illegal doesn’t mean they will magically disappear.  All it does is transfer the sale of drugs from a voluntary free market to a violent underground black market and then enforces these laws through the violent force of government.  Legalizing drugs does not mean those who use drugs would not commit acts of violence, however, those who have a tendency to commit violence aren’t really concerned with drug laws in the first place.

Most people seem to confuse the advocacy of legalizing drugs with also advocating its use. I don’t advocate drug use, including alcohol and nicotine, which are somehow magically legal in this logically flawed society we live in. I also don’t know a single person who would start doing cocaine if it were legalized tomorrow or a single person who would stop using drugs if the laws were made twice as harsh tomorrow.

Those who morally object to drug legalization will generally ignore facts, logic and consistency and stick to their moral reasoning as to why drugs should remain illegal. How a person can make a moral argument against the legalization of drugs because they fear drugs will lead to violence while at the same time advocating government violence as a means to keep drugs illegal is irrational and by definition, insane.  Am I the only one that see’s these things? I often feel like I’m living in some other dimension when I try to have these conversations with people.

You can’t support legislating individual choice and morality because you fear not doing so would lead to violence and also support a system that enforces these “laws” by ALSO USING VIOLENCE!  Initiating violence against someone is either a good thing or a bad thing.  You can’t have it both ways and expect to be considered a rational thinking person.

If you just can’t seem to grasp what I’m getting at, try walking down the street smoking crack and see if the police don’t threaten you with violence if you don’t drop the drugs or violently throw you in a cage.

Again, my argument isn’t that drugs are good. The argument is that violence is bad and people should be left alone to do as they wish until they violate someone elses life, liberty or property.

If we can’t come up with non-violent solutions to the social issues we face, we will remain fundamentally stuck as human beings. It’s time for everyone to grow up, think rationally and only support solutions to social issues that aren’t enforced at the barrel of a gun.  This is not what freedom is supposed to look like.

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  1. July 11th, 2010 at 20:37 | #1

    @Anonymous,

    Young black males are more likely than any other group to violate someone elses rights. Should we outlaw young black males?

    You obviously done no research on crack addiction. The percentage of people who use crack and don’t become “crackheads” is MUCH greater than the number of people who use crack and become “crackheads.”

    Also, answer if you own your own body or not.

  2. Anonymous
    July 10th, 2010 at 15:18 | #2

    How many crackheads have you known that was a model citizen and did not violate someone’s life, liberty or property? In a perfect world your logic may be reasonable but in this world? They (addicts) support their habit by violating the above mentioned and they would still do it if drugs were to be legalized. Maybe we should legalize drugs and have the government fund their habit so they wouldn’t have to violate someone else life, liberty, or property-anytime they need a fix, just go get their drugs with a Louisiana Purchase card to support their habit. I have employed many people from halfway houses who have spoken candidly with me about why they were incarcerated. All of them except for one were locked up because of drugs or alcohol. Some of them actually had drug charges, however many of them were locked up for burglary, battery and other offenses, but generally, the core reason was drugs or alcohol stemming from the necessity to get their “fix”. Alcohol is legal, but crimes are still committed from alcohol related issues.

    I am afraid that violence would escalate and it wouldn’t be from the police. It would be from the honest gun toting Americans who have worked hard for what they have and are determined to protect their life, liberty, and property from the desperate fingers of addicts who are willing to do anything to satisfy the craving of the demon or addiction that controls them.

    I would imagine the people who “morally” object to legalization would probably describe the author in the same manner the author described them…

    @Universal

  3. Universal
    June 2nd, 2010 at 14:04 | #3

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