Why are drugs illegal?

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Peter Grant (August 28, 2009, 20:08:34 PM):
Well there are bound to be some conspiracies which are true. For instance, the 9/11 attacks were carried out by a conspiracy of Muslim suicide-bombers.

I generally don't hold with conspiracy theories, but I can't think of a reasonable explanation for why drugs are illegal. Firstly, consider the demand. Surely there are enough people who want drugs? Secondly, the laws are completely ineffective. There is so much money to be made selling drugs that the authorities cannot enforce the laws. Thirdly, the money thus generated is used to empower the violent and the cruel and to subjugate the weak. Fourthly, the government looses all control over quality of the product and is unable collect tax revenue from profits generated.

I'll take a weak stab at it and say that those who stand to loose the most would be the drug lords, and that thus they must somehow be manipulating things. However, even stoned as I am, I find that a little hard to believe. I will leave it up to my fellow skeptics (perhaps more sober?) to provide a more convincing answer.

Thank you. ;D
Rigil Kent (August 28, 2009, 20:32:23 PM):
Don't have an answer, but it always struck me as odd that tobacco and booze are so freely available, while anything that makes ya see colours and dead ancestors ain't.

Not groovy at all.

Mintaka
Peter Grant (September 03, 2009, 12:42:38 PM):
Yes, that sums it up nicely. Thanks Mintaka. :)

I have had lengthy conversations with hallucinated dead people and, although I always knew they were no more than creations of my mind, found the experience therapeutic and enlightening nonetheless.

Come on guys! Skeptics should be better than anyone at coming up with conspiracy theories, we spend so much time debunking them...
Mefiante (September 03, 2009, 13:26:41 PM):
Okay, how about that the illegality of drugs is the result of Big Pharma not being allowed to copyright or patent hallucinogens, amphetamines and downers because most of them are either folk medicine or in the public domain. So, Big Pharma can’t make oodles of money from them and doesn’t want anybody else to benefit financially from their sale and distribution, and therefore it has taken it upon itself to convince governments and legislators that such drugs open the door to criminal and civil case pleas of “not guilty by reason of drug-induced diminished capacity.”

If you think that’s implausible, you need to ask yourself what drugs Big Pharma has secretly put into your water supply to make you think so.

:P So there. :P

'Luthon64
Tweefo (September 03, 2009, 14:22:01 PM):
If the taxi bosses want to start a war over the BRT program what will happen if all the drug lords and pushers are suddenly without work? World War 3. Better to keep them occupied and wealthy. They spend lots of money, the economy benefits and that is good for me. ;D

But I agree; Government may as well make something out of this, the risk of over dosing will be less (better quality control)and those who want it will get it anyway. I don't think drug use is significantly higher in the Netherlands, were it is sort of not illegal.

Of course I might change my mind if my children were to get addicted.

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