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Monday, September 18, 2006

Question of the day #64: Legalize it!

Are there any drugs that are currently illegal that you think should be made legal or vice-versa?

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5 Comments:

At 9/19/2006 2:37 AM, Blogger Francisco Rodriguez declaimed...

I wouldn't mind if alcohol and tobacco were taxed to death, but since that's not happening any time soon and would not work, the only way the gov't could aspire to be somewhat consistent would be to end the stupid "War on Drugs" and legalize marijuana and other soft hallucinogens.

My 2¢

 
At 9/19/2006 3:11 AM, Blogger olly declaimed...

The government has no legitemate authority to legislate morality (well, they have no legitemate authority anyway), so what right do they have to tell me what I do or don't put in my body?

There is no sound moral basis for the banning of any substance whatsoever.

-olly

 
At 9/19/2006 3:49 AM, Blogger Joe Otten declaimed...

Chardonnay should be made illegal. That is nasty stuff.

 
At 9/19/2006 5:19 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

I'm in agreement with Olly, however despite the fact that no moral basis can be made for banning any substance, a sufficient practical argument can be made for strongly discouraging certain substances.

When speaking pharmacologically, the crucial issue is dosage. Many recreational drugs in use today are processed to significantly increase the effective dosage (several orders of magnitude) above what would be experienced if taken in their unprocessed state.

Unfortunately, the processing of certain drugs is an economic necessity based on their legality- it's simply cheaper to transport and market higher concentrated product. As a hypothetical, imagine if caffeine was made illegal, but continued to be used recreationally. Regular coffeeshops would give way to speakeasy espresso bars, which would eventually give way to processed and powdered caffeine. Administration of caffeine in this way runs the same risk as purified cocaine on one's health.

I think that a good rule of thumb is to consider the administration of a drug in its naturally-occurring state to be the preferred route of delivery. Cannabis buds, coca leaves, mushrooms, even opium wax are much more tolerable to the average physiology than those drugs which are cooked up by economic necessity in a prohibitive legal atmosphere.

 
At 9/19/2006 2:37 PM, Blogger BlackSun declaimed...

All of them.

 

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