Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost
Problem is, you can't put drugs on a pedestal. You're deluded if you think that all drugs-related crime will vanish if you legalise drugs. It won't. They are one part of the criminal ecosystem. What you will do if you legalise drugs is increase the rate of addiction. Alcohol has its dangers too, which is why there are controls and restrictions. However, it is not as addictive as illegal drugs, and is much less dangerous when consumed in moderation. There is no such thing as moderation with weed, never mind heroin.
Your post is full of misinformation, so please don't insult me.
First of all, If you comprehended the point of my post, you would see that I am not "putting drugs on a pedestal", I just recognize that the current strategy for dealing with them is a failure.
Secondly, no, of course I do not think "all" drug related crime would go away with legalization... However, it doesn't require a high IQ to recognize that removing the hundreds of billions of dollars in black market profits that are being funneled to criminals (while also vastly reducing the price of the substances themselves) will reduce criminal activity and crime to some degree. This has already been shown with alcohol prohibition. Prohibition literally created organized crime in this country, and after the repeal, crime rates surrounding alcohol plummeted. That's a fact.
Next, your suggestion that legalization creates more addiction is just plain false. I don't have the time to go find links to the studies I have in mind, but google is your friend. Other countries have had moderate success with decriminalizing and even legalizing certain drugs, and rates of use and addiction actually dropped by a marginal amount.
Finally, your "stated fact" that alcohol is less addictive and "much less dangerous" than all
Illegal drugs is laughable. How many people have died due solely to alcohol? How many people are killed by DUI drivers each year? How many individuals suffer domestic violence brought on by alcohol? How many people have died of overdose or liver failure? Alcohol is terrible if you are looking solely at how people are harmed by it. Sure, it's not nearly as bad as meth or heroin, but all drugs are not equal and is incredibly ignorant to lump them all together.
Marijuana is demonstratably a far safer intoxicant than alcohol based on health risks, risk of injury or death, etc. It's not entirely safe or healthy in any way, but that's not the argument.
Based on how this disastrous drug war always seems to continue despite the obvious failings, it's clear that there are a lot of people like yourself, with anachronistic attitudes about drugs and addiction. It's unfortunate, because while you think you know what is right, it's caused an incredibly amount of strife in society.