Why Drugs Should Be Legalized

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago in Misc

Milton Friedman makes sense of why we should stop the war on drugs.
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Male 14,835
@kummi90, don`t forget lobbyists working for the privatised institutions that profit greatly.

Lobbyists, political contributions, the media, and voting groups have made a mockery of government by the people, for the people and are a bid reason for the wealth gap and standard of living gap in the USA.
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Male 94
i feel its kinda one of those things that you have been doing for so long and have sunk so far into it that it`s almost impossible to do change it or do anything about it. kinda like telling a lie.
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Male 2,513
I`m writing in Ron Paul
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Male 541
Fatninja: They can, it`s something called tax. You might have heard of it.
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Male 25,416
why argue this.. until the government can make money off it. It will be illegal!
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Male 311
I`m gonna go get high.
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Male 1,511
I totally agree.
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Female 47
@ Gerry... You have some off the wall comments usually (most of which I think are hilarious), but I really enjoyed this last one.. made me smile. Thanks! :-)
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Male 171
"So how does Legalizing crack make it non addictive?"
So how does illegalizing crack make it non addictive?
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Male 390
Legalize it now, about time.

BUT people need to know that this is the economist that believes corporations should NOT pay any taxes at all.

The man who´s ideas work as a guiding star for hedge fund managers and investment banks all over the world. While they rip off everyone but the UHNW crowd.

Noam Chomsky has a few great points on this mans influence on modern civilization. "The Shock Doctrine" by N. Klein is a good read too.
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Male 38,499

[quote]"Cannabis can lead to death" [/quote]
Living leads to death.
But the important thing is how much you enjoy your life before that.
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Male 157
And all this costs resources
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Male 10,855
@Tiredofnicks

Plenty of your European neighbors have decriminalized these substances because of the perverse outcome from criminalizing them in the first place.
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Male 3,612
Cannabis can lead to death
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Male 3,612
So how does Legalizing crack make it non addictive
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Male 171
In theory, drugs are illegal.
In practice, drugs ARE legal.
Big drug cartels pay police and politicians, and get to do their thing free of police related problems.
Big pharmaceutical companies pay lobbyists, and politicians, and get to do their thing free of regulations.

Why do you think weed is going "medical" instead of going legal? because if it goes medical, then it can still be controlled by big cartels, just by big pharmaceutical cartels instead of drug cartels.
Theres a drug monopoly, and from an economic point of view, the only people it makes sense for to legalize drugs are the citizens and consumers. For them, it means cheaper drugs and less taxes spent to fight drugs.
But why would elected officials want to make it lega? They get paid by cartels when its illegal, they get paid by pharmaceutical companies when its medical, the only time they stop getting paid is if it goes legal.
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Male 5,094
I do not agree with his views on drugs, economy or ideas of government. I base this on my home region, Scandinavia, who is doing more than fine with all the rules and regulations "imposed" on us by social democracy for close to a century now.

I find the view "all government is evil" (because that`s what this post is really all about) overly cynical and somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy.


I will not be drawn into an argument about it.
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Male 1,686
Minimalist Government FTW.
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Male 1,737
@Xelous

I agree completely, but that`s just the thing. The wasted money is going into certain people`s pockets, friends of friends and such. So the odds of them giving up that income is slim to none. It wastes the tax payers money, so they don`t give two poos about it.
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Male 1,249
The numbers kinda speak for themselves:

2009 annual causes of death
Lack of Health Insurance 44,789
Drug induced (mostly legal) 37,485
by Firearms 31,224
Alcohol induced 23,199
Cannabis (Marijuana) 0
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Male 2,513
War on Drugs = Waste of Money
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Male 766
Haven`t the voters learned anything in the last 20 years? You `mercans got it all wrong! This guy has it down! Milton Friedman is my hero!
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Male 3,310
Victimless crimes. Where have I heard that before?
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Male 15,832
Freidman was probably the most brilliant economist who ever lived. If we adopted his ideas, it would be a much better world.
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Male 506
I don`t know if drug use would go up or down if they were legalized, or if it would change accidents or health problems related to drugs.

I do believe that there are a number of related problems that would be solved. A huge reduction in government funding associated with the "war on drugs", issues with criminal activity in Mexico, prison overcrowding, etc.

This is one of those cases where the good to the many vastly outweights the potential harm to the few.
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Male 17
@Beez44 AGREED!
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Male 541
knight3000: "So the reason they should legalized drugs is because they will do it anyway. OK. . . then make murder legal, make rape legal, or pedophilia legal. They are going to do it anyway."

I can`t believe you are between 40-49 years old. Anyway:
It is one of the reason, the other is minimizing cost on society, use go down (as shown in Portugal, Spain and Netherlands to name a few), organized crime fall, people don`t have to go to prisons for bogus reasons, alleviate the prison/legal systems, free up police resources, personal freedom,
Murder and rape harm other people, and is a separate category of discussion. You are comparing apples to oranges.
Lastly, pedophilia is not illegal, it is simply a sexual orientation (but classified as a mental diagnosis), but molestation or sexual abuse is.
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Male 10
Ron freaken Paul....
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Male 14,835
Watch this. It is an eloquent case made by a respected man.

I do not use nor deal drugs, but I am convinced that the argument for legalisation is persuasive and imperative.

The USA effectively imposes its laws on other states and the USA is arguably a great sufferer from drug prohibition. Therefore the USA must make the first move.
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Male 4,395
Hey I 100% agree with 5Cats on something. How about that.
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Male 37,826
2:00 "Crack would never have existed..." True! I already thought Milton was a genius, but here he cements it!
2:45 The role of the government is to protect the drug cartels. 100% ON THE SPOT!
6:10: Prohibiting drugs reduces use: An absolute falsehood! During booze prohibition drinking acutally INCREASED, especially amoung women. Why? Because it was forbidden! History people, lern from it or repeat it!
Listen to Uncle Milton!
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Male 38,499

Hoofer [quote]"drugs that specifically make you dangerous to others, or drugs that are dangerous to manufacture...shouldn`t be around." [/quote]
Drugs like alcohol? Makes you very dangerous when driving or if you get angry and beat your wife up. Also, alcohol stills can blow up so . . .dangerous to make.

Legalize drugs now...all of them.
Freedom is freedom to make good and bad choices. If you hurt anyone because of your choice to use then it should be UBBER harsh penalties, otherwise kill youself with them, I don`t care.
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Male 4,395
"So the reason they should legalized drugs is because they will do it anyway. OK. . . then make murder legal, make rape legal, or pedophilia legal. They are going to do it anyway."

I am stunned at how stupid this comment is. Seriously I was stuck shaking my head for so long my roommate thought I was doing an impersonation of Katharine Hepburn.
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Male 132
I am fine with drugs being legal, (Didn`t watch this) But drugs that specifically make you dangerous to others, or drugs that are dangerous to manufacture...shouldn`t be around. Anything else...we should have control of our own bodies.
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Female 74
@Rick S
I`m pretty sure the people who make the meth would end up having much better equipment and a more safe, reliable place to make it if it became legal. Those stories where people blew things up most likely happened because it was being made by someone who didn`t have the right tools and experience to do so.
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Male 4,395
The only reason that drugs are illegal. And I mean the only reason is penitentiaries are big businesses for states. It would be very easy to move that federal money to drug treatment centers. Financial problem solved. Plus the states would get millions of dollars in taxes from the drug purchases.
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Male 234
"So the reason they should legalized drugs is because they will do it anyway. OK. . . then make murder legal, make rape legal, or pedophilia legal. They are going to do it anyway."

YEAHHHHHH... Except drugs are something you do to yourself, what you listed are all things you force on others. And the things about drugs that hurt others are almost all a result of them being illegal... Oops, you`re an idiot.

What`s with all the small minded people commenting on this post? Think BEFORE typing, people.
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Male 25
So the reason they should legalized drugs is because they will do it anyway. OK. . . then make murder legal, make rape legal, or pedophilia legal. They are going to do it anyway.
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Female 136
I kind of agree with the notion that drugs should be legal. However it is hypocritical that I can get a class A drug (in the UK) for pain, yet to possess it in any other way other than prescription is really quite illegal.
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Male 234
"The problem with making ALL drugs legal is that some drugs are dangerous to make. I don`t mean growing pot. I mean making Meth. Meth labs blow up, taking out not only the drug dealers and users, but people who are unlucky enough to be around them. Even if you made Meth legal, you`d still have these safety issues. So, ALL drugs can`t be legalized. But then, where do you draw the line? What becomes legal and what doesn`t?"

Are you on meth right now? Because any idiot can realize that if drugs were all legal, people wouldn`t need to be making it in their basements anymore and exploding themselves.

People used to die making booze in the prohibition era too, tanks would explode and poo. Just like with drug labs today. How many people die from making booze today? That`s right nobody, because companies with safety standards became allowed to make it.

Think before you talk.
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Male 234
There are not enough stars for rating this.
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Male 3,322
The problem with making ALL drugs legal is that some drugs are dangerous to make. I don`t mean growing pot. I mean making Meth. Meth labs blow up, taking out not only the drug dealers and users, but people who are unlucky enough to be around them. Even if you made Meth legal, you`d still have these safety issues. So, ALL drugs can`t be legalized. But then, where do you draw the line? What becomes legal and what doesn`t?
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Male 303
@a1butcher
Drugs that kill you.
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Male 10,855
[quote]More liberty, less government.[/quote]

Damn straight!
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Female 836
Gerry, you are eloquent.
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Male 4,807
But drugs ARE legal if you have the right doctor..

Just ask MJ and Whitney.
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Male 3,745
Gerry: I bought a copy last month :D can i have your autograph?
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Male 38,499

I wrote a book about this.

"WHY DRUGS SHOULD BE LEGAL"
by Gerry1of1

Chapter 1. Drugs are fun.

[quote]The End. [/quote]

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Female 8,044
Link: Why Drugs Should Be Legalized [Rate Link] - Milton Friedman makes sense of why we should stop the war on drugs.
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