Treatment has not shown itself to be real effective. I'm more lenient for users than dealers for being imprisoned. Drug dealers don't like being busted. That is why they have lots of firearms in their houses, hence police assault teams. Legalizing drugs would not save nor cost me a cent. I'd rather not see our armed forces being bombed out of their minds.
People are well brain trained into thinking natural substances and therapies are the 'enemy' and yet people take 'legalized' medication in which pharmaceutical companies prophet billions from each year and their aches and ailments do not improve or necessarily go away. They simply become dependant off the drugs they take, hoping for the best how is that normal? How are they not addicts in this way? And no-one says anything about that or questions it because they've become brainwashed by the media and do not recognize the politics behind 'medicine' in the western worlds. But no that's right nature is the enemy and we should believe everything the government says like sheep.
portugals new policy is leaps and bounds ahead of ours [link]
"jail time was replaced with the offer of therapy"
" in the five years after personal possession was decriminalized, illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled."
"Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success," says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. "It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does."
use is down, deaths are down, crime is down, decriminalization works better and is cheaper than prohibition
is money lost? it creates jobs and money is put back into the system and ends up in the hands of businesses which pay employees etc and eventually the money is used to buy more things and all the time money is recieved as tax and used in the development and expansion of businesses leading to more employment and so on.
Tell you what, dude. If you come out and admit that you just want to get high, no bullshit about the economy or rights or whatnot, just admit that you only want to get high, then I will start listening to you. Until then, you are just another zit on the ass of this site.
Do you think it would save money by legalizing drugs? Do some research on the stats of how much a bust would cost. If its alot, then probably will.
By offering treatment instead of prison? If you wanna get technical, prison is a type of rehab to correct people. From my sociology class, the purpose of prison was discuss and that is what my teacher said.
If it was the person's choice to take the drugs, which they become addicted to, I believe it should be that person who pays for the treatment and not the system. The same goes for alcohole; there's no personal responsability anymore and I believe if people realized their own addictions would come out of their pockets the whole way there would be fewer people willing to take that risk.
So, yeah, if we're willing to make them pay for their own treatment, legalize it. If not, then no. I already don't agree with my hard earned tax dollers paying for any kind of treatment as it is.