Drug legalisation

 

Did you know that alcohol kills 6.5 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined? Are you aware of the fact that in The Netherlands, where cannabis laws are far less harsh, drug usage is amongst the lowest in Europe?

From my perspective, drugs should certainly be legalised. Why? Well, to start with, we all know that prohibition does not work. Telling a person ‘it’s illegal to do this’ will only generate more curiosity and the adrenaline generated by ‘breaking the rules’ will always be more powerful.

Secondly, most of the violence associated with drug dealing is caused by its illegality, so legalising drugs would help regulate the market, reduce prices and, at the same time, it would decrease the criminality rate, as some dependent users resort to stealing to raise funds.

Furthermore, drugs are perceived as a taboo in our society, mainly because they are illegal, surrounded by myths and lies. People need transparency and more honest information. Legalising drugs would certainly raise awareness of their risks and positive effects, so when choosing to consume drugs or not, each individual would make its own, fully informed choice.

Lastly, regarding Oana’s perspective, I strongly believe that the problem of people consuming drugs in the streets and negatively affecting the non-users could certainly be solved by regulations! You see drunk people in the street every day… should alcohol become illegal? The impact on non-users is certainly not a strong enough reason to be against drugs legalisation, when there are so many pros. And The Netherlands case is the most convincing one: drug usage decreased after legalisation!

Check out Yaron Brook’s view on drugs legalisation: 

What do you think? Should drugs be legalised or not?

By Ruxandra

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23 thoughts on “Drug legalisation

  1. A blog reader says:

    Legalising drugs wouldn’t bother me at all.Let’s take an example:Netherlands.That country is known worldwide as heaven,paradise etc.Why?Because you can consume drugs,and other things that in other countries are illegal.So,yeah go ahead legalise drugs,but they should be used in special places,so kids dont end up using them.

  2. roxana says:

    why legalised drugs if anyway “we should not do drugs”? alcohol kills 6 times more because drugs are not yet legalised. Why have a problem more to deal with?

  3. Petrica Casalotul says:

    I perfectly agree with legalising cannabis, but from cocaine and above I am against it. First of all, cannabis is natural, and studies has shown that, if smoked once or twice a week, can improve blood circulation and reduce blood pressure in patients suffering from heart/coronary disease. And it is also the most common “drug” used.
    I am against legalising cocaine and the stronger drugs, because it will generate a wave of new businesses, it will become much more accessible, and it would cause much more trouble than it is at the moment. It would be a way to cover up the problem, but it wouldn’t solve it, I believe it would actually make things worse. It would be a way to encourage all the young people to do it and make them believe it’s right. And the list could go on.

  4. Miruna says:

    I agree. Adults still have a very childish mentality: tell a child to read and he will not touch a single book. Hide them from him or ban them and he will read in secret. Give a child candy and he will get fed up with them, ban them and he won’t stop eating. The same thing with drugs of any kind. Legalise them and i think you’ll see a big change in society.

  5. Charles says:

    First of all, the word drug is very wide topic, there is a huge difference between caffeine and heroin, while both are categorised like drugs.
    Focusing just on the ‘hard drugs’, there are people who might know how to use them, but my opinion its that most of the people who go into drugs have no idea of the risks that this could carry, or they just take them to endure depressions or misery. I think the only reason of the great difference in deaths between alcohol and other drugs is just because of the difficulty of obtaining the illegal ones. If the alcohol, which is not such a dangerous drug kills that many people, imagine how many people could be killed by legalised cocaine.

  6. Dear blog reader, thank you so much for sharing you opinion with us 🙂
    What do you mean by ‘special places’ and more importantly which do you think it’s to right way to discourage youth to try drugs?
    Ruxandra

  7. Hello Roxana, many thanks for commenting. I think that drugs are already an important issue that society is trying to cope with. Furthermore, answering to your question, legalising is important even though “we should not do drugs” because by making them accessible they become less “cool” and less tempting. Prohibition never works with anything. 🙂

    Ruxandra

  8. Hey there! You obviously don’t agree with my points and I respect your opinion 🙂 From what I understand, you only see drugs acceptable in medical contexts. Stay in touch with us as tomorrow Diana will be posting an article on drugs use in medicine. Looking forward to your view on that!

    Ruxandra

  9. Hi, Miruna. Thanks for paying us a visit and for your comment! It’s nice to see other people with similar views on the issue … 🙂

    Ruxandra

  10. Good evening, Charles! Thank you for expressing your opinion. As you say, people go into drugs and are not aware of the risks. Why do they try them? Because they enjoy doing something ‘forbidden’ and the feeling is unique. And why are they not aware of the consequences? Because in our society drugs are considered a taboo, we don’t talk about drugs because they are BAD. Legalising them would determine a more open approach to addiction and people will have more access to information. Consequently, they will be able to choose whether to do drugs or not, based on their knowledge of the consequences.

    Ruxandra

  11. Hey everybody…replying about what has been answered to my blog entry.
    First of all, please keep in mind that drugs in Netherlands are NOT LEGAL! Even soft drugs (like cannabis) are illegal, but they are tolerated to a point (I think the limit is around 5 grams). However, police officers are allowed to order you to give up the drugs even if it’s less than 5 grams.

    Yes, you use Netherlands as an example and is a good one but in my opinion for different reasons. Drugs policy in Netherlands is not meant to stop people from using drugs but to protect users from the criminal underground. As a consequence, the soft drugs sold in coffeeshops are controlled by authorities and they must follow certain rules.

    I totally agree with “Petrica Casalotul”. Cannabis is one thing, but when talking about cocaine and heroin is pretty different. Yes, we do see drunk people on streets and clubs everyday but just think…next time you go to a bar and sit at a table and the table is not cleaned yet so you have others people glasses and bottles in front of you…imagine to find tracks of cocaine or an used syringe ( which can carry HIV and hepatitis). I would not be the same for me. Would you guys be ok with that?

    Thanks for everybody’s comments on the blog. Is nice sharing opinions with you.

    Oana.

  12. Hello Oana,

    I can see your point and the fact that you are especially against using drugs all over the place and affecting other people. Perhaps strict regulations on where you are or not allowed to use drugs would solve that problem. It is probably on the same basis like smoking in pubs or restaurants or clubs. It’s forbidden and illegal. As well as drinking on particular streets…What do you think?

    Diana

  13. Blogger says:

    I totally agree with you. Drugs should be legalised. Alcohol and smoking kill by far more people, and still, they are legal…we live in a free world, every individual should be allowed to do what he/she wants with their body. The only problem with that is: you can cosume as much as you want as long as you do not harm or negatively influence other people!

  14. Hello Diana.

    I totally agree with you and “Blogger”. If drugs have to be legalized then strict rules and regulations MUST be applied. Yes you can do whatever you want as long as you don’t harm others. However, the use of class A drugs for recreational effects is still questionable but I guess that this depends on people’s ethics and personal decisions.

    I much more agree with your view of using drugs for medical purposes; is more ethical and helping people instead of harming them. Even though regulations must be applied there as well, don’t you think?

    Oana.

  15. Niina says:

    Sometimes generalizations are a good way to prove a point, but in this case I believe the logic “alcohol causes more deaths than drugs” or “legalising drugs would increase transparency” doesn’t quite work that easily. Alcohol probably causes more deaths than drugs because it is legal to use, easily accessed and just as addictive as some drugs are. What I mean is, alcohol is most common used than drugs are. But I wouldn’t use that as an argument for legalising drugs.
    What comes to transparency, I believe there are other points to this argument as well. Legalising drugs doesn’t automatically increase transparency -and to some point I think that people need to be regulated. (And what would be the age limit for hard drugs? 18?)
    All in all the post was still a good (and provocative) opening for the discussion -be prepared for a heated conversation 😉

  16. Thanks Niina, I surely hope that it will be one heated discussion.

    Diana

  17. Kevin says:

    I really like the article. I agree when you refer to Holland (as a Dutchy myself). Interesting as well is that on many festival’s in Holland are test units wherein, even though it’s illegal, people are able to test their (hard)drugs. In this way people use their drugs in a safe way. Besides that in around 20 places (mostly hospitals) people can test their (hard)drugs as well. The policy in Holland is that if people decide to use drugs, let is at least be safe. In Portugal it’s even more interesting. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_policy_of_Portugal) Drugs, including hard drugs, are not legal, but it’s decriminalized. It’s no longer illegal to have drugs of any kind. It is though illegal to sell and make hard drugs. Portugal has the lowest rate of drug addicts from all over Europe. (http://www.businessinsider.com/portugal-drug-policy-decriminalization-works-2012-7) I really agree on the taboo point you’re making. Information about drugs should be well spread among people (consumers as well as people that are interested). In this way, it’s safe for them that want to use drugs, and this will lead to less dead’s with the cause: drugs. Really interesting piece you wrote there. Keep up the good work!

  18. Hi, Kevin and thanks for your comment and for the nice words 🙂
    Glad you liked it and looking forward to see your opinions on our future blog posts!

    Ruxandra

  19. Leon de Leeuw says:

    Interesting and well-written article.

  20. rclark231 says:

    Reblogged this on rclark231 and commented:
    makes sense

  21. rclark231 says:

    I totally agree with the repeal of drug prohibition – what people need to remember is ALL drugs where legal until 1914 when the Harrison narcotics act was passed – this legislation made criminals out of formerly everday people who happened to be addicted to drugs ( I am talking about opiates in this instance).. they repealed alchohol prohibition in 1933 . but made the Huge mistake of not doing the same with drug prohibition. It’s time to learn from mistakes made in history , and also take a leason from the countries where drugs have been decriminalized , and it is working

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