Society is gradually becoming more liberal – or libertine – in many ways, and one of the latest trends is the gradual legalization of marijuana in one state after another. This past election, voters approved marijuana for legal (recreational) use in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana has been legalized for recreational or medicinal use in 13 states, with more states to consider it soon. 15 million Americans are regular users of marijuana, a little over 5% of of the population. It seems problematic to criticize its legalization from a logical perspective considering alcohol, another psychoactive substance, is legal. If it is acceptable...
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I've strongly opposed drug legalization all of my life. However, we've reached a point where it's a losing game. We don't have the societal will to end drug use. It would take draconian enforcement and the death penalty to rid us of this scourge. We spend billions fighting it and jailing people and the demand for drugs continues to grow. Legalizing drugs means more child abuse and more road deaths and suicides--all terrible. But unless we can get serious about ending the scourge (which we wont because we can't) it's time to admit we will have "pot shops" and "ABC-drugstores" in every town. At least we can tax it and keep it pure. I hate admitting this but we are NOT winning the war on drugs and never will doing it like we are.
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