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Aileen
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Should drug use be made legal? « on: August 18, 2010, 05:33 AM »
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The out-going President of the Royal College of Physicians has said that he believes drug use should be decriminalised, saying that this would drastically reduce crime and improve health.  He said that the problems caused by dirty needles and contaminated drugs are a product not of the drugs themselves but of prohibition.  However, he added that drugs should still be regulated and acquired only at appropriate outlets.

My thoughts are that cigarettes and alcohol are also addictive and can cause serious health problems, yet they are widely available.  Cannabis is known to help people with illnesses like MS cope with the pain of their condition, yet its use has been denied them.  I think it's time the government held a review of an issue which has largely been dusted under the carpet for several decades.  A committee could be appointed to carry this out and then report back to parliament.

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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #1 on: August 18, 2010, 08:10 AM »
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Drugs to be used to help ill people I agree, as a recreational use .... Not at all.
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #2 on: August 18, 2010, 10:18 AM »
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Takes away all the criminalisation, and the underground dealing though Amy, which is such a problem in pretty much every country.

Having said that, the idea of cocaine and heroine being legal substances doesn't seem the right way to go about things really.

Cannabis is the only drug I would legalise at this moment in time.
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #3 on: August 18, 2010, 10:23 AM »
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I don't agree with drug taking at all (except for poppers - hardly an addictive chemical though!).  Legalising it means people will know they can't get into trouble for it and think its safe so they'll do it.
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010, 10:26 AM »
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Not even cannabis, which when you think about it, causes less problems to the NHS and services than alcohol?
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #5 on: August 18, 2010, 10:31 AM »
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Not even cannabis, which when you think about it, causes less problems to the NHS and services than alcohol?

Nope.  And it still ***** people up.  I'd never do drugs myself and I wouldn't preach to people about it, but if I know someone who does or has I can't help but think less of them.  Even my own brother, hes ridiculously paranoid and was uncontrolable at one point.  Gets into trouble sometimes.  My sis in law sometimes smokes weed, don't agree with that either. 
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #6 on: August 18, 2010, 10:35 AM »
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I still think alcohol is a greater problem in this country, due to the sheer mass of people who just can't control themselves and drink in a responsible manner, some of the scenes in city centres at 3AM are like armageddon.

I don't advocate cannabis in the slightest, I have a lot of friends at uni who do take it regularly though and it doesn't bother me. To me, it enhances socialising and gives you pleasure, much like alcohol does. So to think less of someone who smokes it, when you yourself go to clubs and drink alcohol seems a tad hypocritical.
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #7 on: August 18, 2010, 10:36 AM »
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I don't advocate cannabis in the slightest, I have a lot of friends at uni who do take it regularly though and it doesn't bother me. To me, it enhances socialising and gives you pleasure, much like alcohol does. So to think less of someone who smokes it, when you yourself go to clubs and drink alcohol seems a tad hypocritical.

Until alcohol is made illegal only then I am being hypocritical.

Urgh, what bull ****!
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #8 on: August 18, 2010, 10:42 AM »
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But we're talking about whether it should be legalised!

There is no distinction between alcohol and cannabis in my view when you take away that fact. Ask any nurse or doctor that works overnight at A and E which drug causes more problems and they will say alcohol.

I think people forget that ethanol is still a powerful, powerful drug.

Until alcohol is made illegal only then I am being hypocritical.

Urgh, what bull sh*t!

It is hypocritical though, you're making snap judgements just because something is illegal. If someone watched television without a license for a few months, would you think less of them? If someone parked on a double yellow line, would you think less of them?

I sound like James in the way I'm looking at semantics, but if you think less of people using a recreational drug, and then go on to drink excessive amounts of alcohol, then there's a heavy tinge of irony there for me.
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #9 on: August 18, 2010, 10:50 AM »
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There must have been a reason why it was illegal in the first place.  Drugs are still different to alcohol.  I can't bring myself to agree that they are ok to use as a social bonding sesh.  I don't agree with smoking either something that is legal .... am I still a hypocrite?

Smokers and drug users are a massive turn off for me.  Just like people who hate tattoos.

From my experience, peoples after effects from alcohol are different to those of drug users.  I would assume alcohol is more controlable.  I myself can go a while without drinking, or perhaps I can have one drink to be enough to settle me.  Peoples personalities change after using drugs, this I don't like.  And a reason why I don't agree with it.
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #10 on: August 18, 2010, 10:51 AM »
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It should absolutely be legal. The government should have no say in what I want to put into my body.

I'm not a drug user, but I acknowledge a person's rights to do as they please with their own body, so long as they aren't harming anyone else.
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #11 on: August 18, 2010, 10:52 AM »
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There must have been a reason why it was illegal in the first place.  Drugs are still different to alcohol.  I can't bring myself to agree that they are ok to use as a social bonding sesh.  I don't agree with smoking either something that is legal .... am I still a hypocrite?

Smokers and drug users are a massive turn off for me.  Just like people who hate tattoos.

From my experience, peoples after effects from alcohol are different to those of drug users.  I would assume alcohol is more controlable.  I myself can go a while without drinking, or perhaps I can have one drink to be enough to settle me.  Peoples personalities change after using drugs, this I don't like.  And a reason why I don't agree with it.

So anything that's a turn off to you should be illegal?

And people's personalities change after drinking alcohol. How can you be oblivious to that fact?
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #12 on: August 18, 2010, 10:56 AM »
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Well, I don't know any alcoholics because then I would obviously see a difference.  Everyone else I know can control their booze.

And what did I just say about smoking?  As in the cigarette legal kind?  I don't like that either.
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #13 on: August 18, 2010, 10:56 AM »
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Peoples personalities change after using drugs, this I don't like.  And a reason why I don't agree with it.

That's right, and ethanol is one of those drugs.

As I said, I'm not a cannabis user and it wouldn't be my first port of call if I was needing a good time, but you can't look down on people who use it, and then proceed to neck wine and then vodka in a club.
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Re: Should drug use be made legal? « Reply #14 on: August 18, 2010, 10:58 AM »
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As I said, I'm not a cannabis user and it wouldn't be my first port of call if I was needing a good time, but you can't look down on people who use it, and then proceed to neck wine and then vodka in a club.

I can and do.  Sorry.

If people are allowed to dislike tattoos then I am allowed to dislike drug use.  Its as simple as that.
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