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drugs are illegal, but why is smoking legal?

A:  smoking is illegal in most place nowdays. If all drugs were illegal, we''d sure have a lot of people with headaches because they couldn''t get their Tylenol. For your information, nicotine is a legal drug, and while it is addictive, so are painkillers, and they''re legal too... you dont get high on tobacco. really not the same thing.good try. your question contains faulty logic and incorrect presumptions. i don''t know but they should make smoking illeagal smoking is one of the major reasons of lung cancer!!! my grandfather died from smokig smoking should be illeagal...

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drugs & Our Children?

A:  drugs are just one of the illustrations of the law of unintended consequences. Ah, you should see my post in the "legalIZING drugs'' post....talking about ''all drugs'' instead of specific drugs is rather difficult. While what you posted has some merit, it doesn''t look at the whole picture. My main objections are : -more addicts (your ''legalising reduces addicts'' link doesn''t work). -more experimentation with ''mixing'' drugs (like people mix

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Marijauna is classified as a drug with no known medical use and a high chance for abuse, correct?

A:  That is a bunch of hooey. That is the federal classification for it but is just a load Medicinal properties: Green marijuana, boiled and sweetened with sugar and milk or condensed milk is used in other countries for chest colds and bronchitis Dried marijuana, boiled with peppermint, and sweetened with honey is used in other countries for asthma. Used for nausea for AIDS and chemotherapy patients Smoked to dialate the vessels for glaucoma patients. Ironic considering, the same gov''t that calls it illegal also distributes it to certain people. Case in point: 1st person who has since passed, Bob Randall, was provided marijuana by the government for glaucoma Irvin Rosenfeld was 2nd person in...

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Should marijuana be legalized?

A:  Okay, that''s ridiculous. Yeah, a very tiny amount of alcohol /might/ be good for you, sure. But study after case-study has shown that NO amount of marijuana is bad for you. Now, I''m not saying that we should outlaw alcohol or tobacco, because I happen to be a big fan of both (much more so than marijuana), but both beer & cigarettes are 10x more harmful than marijuana. I think I should be legalized, and taxed by the federal government. Think of how much money our country could make by legalizing and /taxing/ marijuana, rather than spending millions to put people in jail for it. Oh, and it ISN''T a "gateway

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War on drugs?

A:  Prohibition has never worked, and it never will but these drugs are not ''socially acceptable'', so they have very slim chances of being legalized ~ and (other than Cannabis) no medicinal value (don''t forget heroin has few side effects ~ but ''im told'' it is extremely hard to kick) chemical addiction is a social issue, but we have criminalized it ~ do you see the hypocrisy and the catch 22 here :) Cuz drugs make you do stupid things. Heres a big example of a stupid thing. Trying to defend drugs and not make it look bad. its just a way for them to keep society at bay. its a facade Your forget...

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Will it ever be legal?

A:  I think the goal should be to minimize the harm. We should think of drug use and addiction as a public health problem, not a police problem. The problem is that it''s become a political football. No candidate wants to suggest backing off on drug laws because he''ll immediately be jumped on by his opponents as ''soft on drugs''. Consequently every candidate tries to outdo the others on tough-on-drugs and we never hear a discussion of more rational, more enlightened alternatives. I have another thought about the War on drugs. I think from the beginning one of the real...

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Does it bother anyone else that thousands of people have died in a war to supply illegal drugs to the US?

A:  What I think is sad is that our ppl and gov supports stupid laws that fuel the violence. None of the drugs that are illegal are no more dangerous than anything that IS legal. I can kill myself with tobacco and booze, but oh no, we are gonna fuel a violent war to make sure no one touches marijuana. Complete political BS!!! If the market on some of these drugs were at least on the legal side, I dont think any of this crazy violence over it would be happening. I dont think the problem is that we use them as a culture. I think the problem is that the gov has picked and...

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Do you think that if legalized, marijuana would further detriment society, or bring about a safer alternative?

A:  If it were legalized, the government could tax it similar to cigarettes and alcohol. It would put many dealers out of business unless the cut their prices. This could also free up many officers who waste a lot of time with possession charges for one doobie. I personally don''t use it and don''t care to, and I realize that if it is legalized, we may have more DUIs because of stoned drivers and more accidents. For this reason, I think there should be a reliable field test for THC before we legalize it. If people know that an officer can reliably detect that one is "high" with a court-approved field device, then it MIGHT cut down on the use while driving. Follow-up: If you legalize...

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Why wont the DEA admit that it is the drug laws that cause drug crimes/Murders?

A:  Because it is not. Just because "you" believe it to be true, does not make it true. You''ve presented your opinion as is your right. The problem is that you are denying others the same right and assume (demand) that they agree with you. i.e. Someone or some organization is wrong unless they agree with you and ''admit'' they are wrong. Obviously the DEA is enforcing the laws of the land as they are sworn to do and if you want those laws changed then you should run for political office yourself. Also, the DEA is not a person so it cannot have its own opinion. . Take a course in economics. We cannot stop drugs coming into this country, until we can stop the DEMAND. In tehory it...

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Do you think it would be a good thing if the US legalizes narcotics?

A:  I agree with you and E F Hutton that the US should legalize drugs. If we did legalize them, then the cartels in Mexico would lose their main source of income and therefore they would have less power. We could also encourage addicts to get treatment and we wouldn''t have to pay for all those non-violent drug users and addicts who are now overcrowding our prisons. Please allow me to answer your question with one. luv ser Based on your question of the 60s&70s, Should we just forget about the over 50,000 young Men who gave their Lives and Possessions to insure your idea of America never, ever happens? Without a doubt. The US war on