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  • newMK newMK Jun 4, 1999 5:37 PM Flag

    A simple and elegant solution

    your arguments sound pretty persuasive on the
    surface. BUT... a few questions:

    If drugs are
    legalized and prices drop, won't there be more users? The
    theory on tobacco use, which is legal and expensive to
    society, is that if you raise the price there will be
    fewer users. Perhaps the converse is true for drugs. As
    you said, drug users destroy themselves. I suspect
    destruction would be more widespread with readily available

    If the elements of our society that profit from drug
    trade are put out of business by legitimate
    distribution sources, how will they maintain their standard of

    Which drugs would you legalize? Just marijuana? Hash
    and coke? Where do you draw the line? Won't there
    always be more powerful illegal drugs tempting a greater
    number of recreational users and addicts?

    Most of
    our social problems come from irresponsible exercise
    of our precious freedoms. Legalizing drugs would
    drag us down further.

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