Why are drugs illegal?

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Lilli (September 25, 2009, 15:56:41 PM):
Not to be difficult, but not all drugs are illegal - there's some pretty trippy over-the counter stuff available in SA if you know what to look for.
Personally, I dont get high anymore. have done, but got the feeling i was losing control too often. And I suppose thats why mind-altering substances cannot be made legal and freely available: there are just too many people like me who won't necessarily know when to stop. And if the entire nation is tripping all the time, who would ever get anything done?
Peter Grant (September 25, 2009, 16:05:56 PM):
Please provide some names or links, I'm always on the look out for new and interesting chemicals. ;D

It could be argued that a large portion of the nation is already tripping most of the time, I don't think legalisation would necessarily convince the rest to join in.
Owen Swart (September 25, 2009, 16:12:26 PM):
I don't think legalisation would necessarily convince the rest to join in.

No indeed. The legality of alcohol and tobacco has yet to convince me to join in. Same goes for just about any other psychoactive compound, with the exception of caffeine.
Peter Grant (September 25, 2009, 18:28:00 PM):
There, you see! Some people just don't want them, even if you offer them, repeatedly. ;D
BoogieMonster (September 25, 2009, 22:49:18 PM):
Not to be difficult, but not all drugs are illegal - there's some pretty trippy over-the counter stuff available in SA
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there are just too many people like me who won't necessarily know when to stop. And if the entire nation is tripping all the time, who would ever get anything done?

Wait, you're saying drugs are freely available, but if they are freely available, our society can't function? By that rationale, our society should already be in ruin. Not everyone drinks spirits and sniffs glue every night, even though those things can get you really sideways and are freely available. As is DXM. But drugs are not for everyone.... Just like you said.

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