Wednesday, August 23, 2006

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Should pot be made legal in the US?

What about other illegal drugs?

bonus question:

Should the drinking age be lowered to 18?


At 10:26 AM , Blogger Higgy said...

Yes, pot should be made legal - too many resources are dedicated to fighting that battle. Don't get me wrong - it should be taxed and monitored for safety - but stop arresting people for it.

Other drugs - I would also make them legal, BUT control and tax the CRAP out of them. I would make it illegal to traffic them outside of the "authorized" channels.

I would lower the drinking age to 18, or 16 with a parent. Same as Britain. Takes a lot of the mystery out of alcohol.

The flip side of all this - I would make the PENALTIES for breaking these new laws draconian. Drunk driving especially! I'd also ramp-up a home-detention policy (via ankle bracelet or similar) - our prison systems don't need to be clogged with drunk drivers...

At 11:07 AM , Anonymous Dan said...

1) legalize it, and tax the SHIT out of it. like my papa always said...cant fight city hall. put the resources into education and infrastructure. if someone wants to get high and drive a car, then they suffer the consequences. simple.

2) if people want to do drugs, then let them do drugs. its like everything else - guns, cars, alcohol - educate on the consequences, then if they do something wrong, suffer the reprocussions.

3) sure why not. if you drive drunk and kill someone, next stop: life in jail for you.

At 12:56 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

1. Call me no fun but I think pot should stay illegal. If it were made legal there'd still be plenty of political corruption regarding drugs in Colombia (and everywhere else). And there'd be more stoned drivers on the road.

2. You know, if it weren't for driving I wouldn't have such a problem with legalizing drugs that get people stoned. But I'm scared of messed up drivers.

3. Again with the driving issue. The drinking age was raised from 18 to 21 because too many 16 year olds were buying liquor and doing stupid stuff in cars.

I agree with Higgy in that parents should introduce alcohol to their kids at home. Small servings at a younger age teaches kids the effects of alcohol in a controlled environment. I know this because my family has done this for generations.

At 2:56 PM , Blogger cmrdin said...

1 - yes, I believe should be legalized... people on percocet are more dangerous than marijuana smokers

2 - no, I do not believe that drugs such as heroin or crack should be legalized... let's just keep it to marijuana (and maybe hash but then it opens up too much debate)

3 - hmmm? stuck on this one... the older I get the younger 18 becomes. In other countries the drinking age is not 21 and I think that is perfetly acceptable but then again in other countries 18 year olds don't behave like most 18 year olds in the US.

At 6:29 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

c1. Pot? Legalize it and tax it.

2. Well, from my 12 weeks on jury duty, I'm not sure what the problem with Esctasy is. HOWEVER, I did learn that PCP make you want to take your clothes off and run through the streets. I'm fairly certain I don't want to see most people running naked down the street, unless we first criminalize McDonalds, Krispee Kreme, etc. So, the answer is generally no.

Bonus: I like Higgy's British standards. Seems like a double standard if you can enlist in the army, pay taxes and vote, but can't drink. Then again, I'd be happy to ship everyone under 21 off to some kinda of leper colony and only allow then back once they learn to wear their pants at a proper height.

At 11:08 PM , Anonymous insomniac said...

here's a question, though it doesn't deserve a separate one: , how much more would people be willing to pay for legal marijuana?
because (playing devil's advocate) it seems that if it is still cheaper to get it illegally , that's what people will do (maybe it's living in a state known for moonshine that makes me think this...) also since people grow their own, would the taxes apply to the plants as well?

At 5:16 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

No. Not in NZ, either.

No. Unless they make chocolate illegal, then yes.

No. They did that in NZ about 5 years ago, and pretty soon, I think they're going to have to unring the bell and raise the age to 20 again. The instances of booze drinking, minors being admitted to hospital with alcohol poisoning, drink-driving offenses in the 16-20 have all increased since the age limit was brought down. I wasn't pro the age reduction in the first place, but I'm even more anti now, having lived with it.

At 10:28 AM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

I agree with Higgy. Legalize pot and regulate it and other drugs. It could bring in a HUGE amount of tax revenue.

No, don't lower the drinking age unless you are going to enforce it a lot better than you do now. And I mean especially the drinking and driving laws.

At 2:22 PM , Anonymous kingw said...

I agree with Higgy and Jeff.

The problem with a lower drinking age really boils down to our propensity for not taking responsibility for our actions. Most 18 year olds have not had to accept the consequences of their actions. Mommy and Daddy take care of everything. As soon as we do something about that problem then go ahead and let them drink.

At 12:34 AM , Blogger Blogchik said...

1) I agree with Higgy. Legalize it and tax the hell out of it, and make the laws regarding it same as cigarette smoking.

2) No. The other drugs are way too powerful and destructive. Although, may I say, they need to ease the restrictions on narcotic painkillers for patients in pain. They are letting people suffer because some stupid yutzes are abusing the system. That ain't right.

3) I think if you can vote and join the army, you should be able to drink legally. Besides the fact that PRACTICALLY EVERYONE ignores the law and drinks anyway. Just enforce the drunk driving laws strictly.


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