Weed is legal in most parts of the state & shroom's is soon to fallow. This whole war on drugs seem's to be nothing but a joke at this point, most drug related crime would be down if drugs were decriminalised.
Where it's derived from has nothing to do with anything, though. Opium is derived from poppies. Digitalis is a very potent, plant-derived medicine. Oleander seeds will freaking kill you, as will any number of other plants.I do think that weed being illegal is silly. It's a freaking plant.
Biggest thing you could probably do to kill the drug trade (with its associated problems such as drug money being used to support other illegal activity) would be to move most resources away from drug stings and towards rehab. I believe it was in the Netherlands they set up a clinic where people with drug addictions could go, get their fix for free with clean needles on the premises, and were offered help to quit if they wanted it. That broke the cycle of "do degrading things to afford drugs, do drugs to numb myself to the degrading things I'm doing" and only a small portion of the people actually kept taking the drugs long-term. Local dealers were pretty much driven out of business.
Personally I don't feel I have enough data to say whether any given substance should be illegal, though all intoxicants (including cigarettes and alcohol) should probably at least require ID. I am, however, personally very much of the opinion that "it's illegal" is a strong argument against using drugs. Legality does influence those drugs' surroundings, and should be considered accordingly. (This is honestly as much an argument for decriminalization as it is an argument for staying away from drugs if they're illegal. Don't get wrapped up in a mess that you can't get out of via your dealer or whatever else.)
Honestly the biggest atrocity when it comes to drug legislation is how many substances have arbitrarily been declared to have no therapeutic value and thus to be off limits for research. That is something that needs to end; while it's understandable that research on controlled substances would probably get extra scrutiny from ethics committees, saying flat no to such research is irresponsible. IIRC it's LSD that's been showing some promising results in treating PTSD in the few studies that have been approved on it.
Where it's derived from has nothing to do with anything, though. Opium is derived from poppies. Digitalis is a very potent, plant-derived medicine. Oleander seeds will freaking kill you, as will any number of other plants.
I understand that. I'm just pointing out that the common arguments "it's natural" and "it's a plant" don't hold water; I believe the fallacy in question is called "appeal to nature". If you want to speak in favor of decriminalizing cannabis, there are many more compelling arguments.I respect your opinion, but I was strictly speaking about weed.
I wasn't really going for a compelling argument; merely stating an opinion. I'm not one to spend a lot of time debating back and forth.I understand that. I'm just pointing out that the common arguments "it's natural" and "it's a plant" don't hold water; I believe the fallacy in question is called "appeal to nature". If you want to speak in favor of decriminalizing cannabis, there are many more compelling arguments.
I find it very amusing when people automatically assume I'm fine with alcohol just because I don't support marijuana. :V
although neither are particularly damaging to one's health, especially not if used in moderation.
I will be fair, drinking alcohol is bad for your health in contrast to Marijuana which is (as claimed) beneficial to your health
but that is the problem!
Marijuana gives me healthy idiots
Alcohol gives me dead idiots