Re: Phil Rudd fined
Drug use harms a society because it gives criminals an opportunity to become powerful. Remove the restrictions on the supply and suddenly your organised criminals have lost their number one revenue stream. Look at the prohibition of alcohol. No benefit for people's health, but Al Capone got to become a big fish because he had something people wanted. It's obvious that drugs will always be around, so rather than trying to deny this fact it seems eminently more sensible to promote sensible use of them, OR remove the conditions that cause people to use them. You can see this with so-called 'legal highs', when one is made illegal people just go to something slightly more dangerous with a similar effect. Eventually you would have to make almost every substance illegal. It cannot, and does not work.