Ninja 1: Drugs should be legalised

My answer to this question is one simple word…..absolutely.

Yes, drugs can be dangerous and yes they can cause death in rare circumstances. However, it is scientific knowledge that alcohol and tobacco are more harmful, resulting in more deaths, than many recreational drugs including marijuana, LSD, amphetamines and even ecstasy. Have any of you ever actually taken the time out of your busy lives to consider the benefits of making recreational drugs legal? If your answer is no, then allow me to do it for you.

 

First of all I have to point out that drug users in the UK are a majority. Recent research shows that nearly half of all 15-16 year olds have used an illegal drug with up to one and a half million people use ecstasy every weekend. Amongst young people, illegal drug use is seen as normal. So what exactly are the benefits of legalising drugs?

  1. Elimination of the criminal marketplace – Legalisation forces organised crime from the drugs trade, starves them of income and enables us to regulate and control the market.
  2. Massive reduction in crime – Using illegal drugs is very expensive. This means that some dependent users resort to stealing to raise funds (accounting for 50% of UK property crime – estimated at £2 billion a year). Most of the violence associated with illegal drug dealing is caused by its illegality.
  3. Safer general drug use – not only will rates of HIV and Hepatitis C decrease, but legalisation will stem the emergence of experimental ‘legal highs’, the content and dangers of which are completely unknown.
  4.  Global benefits – The illegal drugs market makes up 8% of all world trade (around £300 billion a year). Legalisation returns lost revenue to the legitimate taxed economy and removes some of the high-level corruption.
  5. Provision of truthful information and education – Legalisation would help us to disseminate open, honest and truthful information to users and non-users to help them to make decisions about whether and how to use.

If you still aren’t convinced then just look at the results in Portugal. Just five years after the legalisation of all drugs in 2001 they boasted one of the lowest drug taking figures in all of Europe.

I leave you with this; In 1970 there were 9000 convictions or cautions for drug offences and 15% of young people had used an illegal drug. In 1995 the figures were 94 000 and 45%.

Prohibition doesn’t work.

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below. If you agree with my views then please vote for me in the poll on the right hand side of this page.

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2 comments on “Ninja 1: Drugs should be legalised

  1. prsolent says:

    Hello “green” Ninja,

    I can’t believe you’re actually serious about that !

    You talked about Elimination of the criminal marketplace, Massive reduction in crime (which i highly doubt ), Safer general drug use, Global benefits and Provision of truthful information and education but, we’re not living in wonderland !

    From my point of view, drugs shouldn’t be legalized, simply because human can’t be trusted. Let me explain: yeah of course one little joint won’t cause any damage too you or society; but taking into consideration the number of joint smokers who already “are” regulars smoker; Imagine the situation without restriction, and how the number of consumers will probably doubled.
    What will our society look like if that restriction was gone? Do you wanna create a new hippy, lazy assed and stoned society ?

    That’s the problem with drugs they all become addictive, on different levels of course, but still ! It’s a vicious cycle: try it, love it, become addicted, being stoned all the time, stop working..) Furthermore some “second class” drugs (speed, coke, LSD and so on ..) actually change your personality, give you hallucinations. These kinds of effects are actually increasing the risks of crimes or dangerous behaviors!
    Don’t you actually see the drawbacks of such a legalization. People being high and trippin’ all the time, even for a couple of days, not being able to go to work, maybe losing their jobs etc …

    Do you really trust our modern society with ALL DRUGS ?

    The true question is: who are the people taking drugs ref-gularly, who would benefit from that ?
    here you go: the pours, the disadvantaged areas, the ones with difficult backgrounds, people in emotional distress trying to find some comfort through drugs… And drugs have never been proven as a helpful tool, for anyone, or any situation!

    I believe “a global legalization” of drugs would be bad for everyone… Human have proven trough times and history that they are weak and that they need regulation, because from my point of view, it will simply go out of hand.

    peace, love, sex, flex 🙂 (no drugs!)

  2. ninjapr says:

    Why hello “PR Solent”.

    Lets not beat around the bush here. First of all, I’m not talking about ‘global legalisation’ of drugs. Not just yet anyway. For the time being I’m just referring to the UK. Secondly, the evidence is out there and undeniable! In both Holland and Portugal, where both certain recreational drugs are legal, usage has gone DOWN! Not only that but so has organised and violent crime. It is difficult to argue with the facts.

    It is naive to think that this will happen straight away. Yes, usage will increase at first – in Portugal it took 5 years before good results became evident. However, it is also naive to think that we, the human race, would abuse such a legalisation. You clearly don’t have any trust in the integrity of man. Yes, I agree that there is a small minority of people who could go ‘off the rails’, but the vast majority of the public that make up the UK would act responsibly.

    Let me ask you, if recreational drugs were to become legal in the UK which you try, if any? Just remember that most of the drugs we are referring to have been scientifically proven to be less harmful and addictive than smoking and drinking alcohol. Do you partake in either of these activities?

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