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Recreational drug use should be treated just like alcohol. Consenting adults should be allowed to use them at their discretion, but there should be severe penalties for those who injure or endanger others while intoxicated. Drugs can also then be taxed, the proceeds of which should be dedicated to drug/alcohol education and treatment.
Legalization achieves several things:
- Removes the incentive for criminal organizations to traffic in drugs. Should put a big dent in gang activity.
- Removes the fear of imprisonment for those who wish to seek help to break their addiction, making it easier for them to get help.
- Provides tax revenue (though, again, these revenues should be dedicated toward drug/alcohol education and treatment).
To avoid the obvious assumptions, I say this as someone who has never engaged in recreational use of drugs or alcohol. I believe these activities to be among the dumbest things you can do, but I believe I have a Constitutional duty to not tell others that they can't engage in them, as long as they keep it to themselves (ie., don't drug and drive).
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