Originally Posted by Dr_Watso
This is what gets me. Criminally prosecuting people who have done nothing to anyone else. It's just wrong. We should be free to live how we want as long as we don't impinge on anyone else's similar right, period. You may have guessed by now, but I'm a huge fan of personal freedoms.
DMC: if you are the type to hit the bookstore once in a while, see if you can find a cheap copy of this book. It's really informative and stresses some of the same points I do. Here's the wiki.
It's funny that the Europe thing has come up... I kind of agree with dmc on the stance that we shouldn't base our country on theirs, for what I feel is a good reason. We are different. We are a country that was supposedly founded on the right to freedoms
. We came here to escape tyranny and unfair restrictions on freedoms. We need to stop using the government as a vehicle to try any legislate that everyone be exactly like we want them to be. If they aren't hurting someone else, leave them alone. It sickens me when people vote to disallow others the right to marry, or want to take everyone's firearms away because some people abuse them. I see people who support alcohol's legality, while simultaneously sitting on some moral high horse about something as harmless as pot, and I admit, it makes me a bit irritated. It's beyond directly hypocritical.
I'd be interested in knowing whether or not you support the legalization of all substances - including natural heroin, meth, synthetic drugs, LSD and more. Under the argument you present above, I infer you support legalizing anything and everything - anything available at the time of this nation's founding was indeed legal and the Constitution is printed on hemp.
The mainstream view is that everything that gets people high needs to be either regulated (alcohol), allowed only by prescription (cannabis) or completely banned (meth). People draw lines differently for their own substances - but they do agree lines need to be drawn. Reasonable people can disagree with where the lines are drawn and may choose to discuss these things without calling each other unreasonable, hypocrites, etc.