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Aerden [userpic]
I Think Alan Colmes is an Idiot.

He is a co-host of the Hannity and Colmes show. He apparently believes that all controlled substances should be legalized--from marijuana to meth. Why? Because he believes the government should not have the power to legislate what we may or may not put in our bodies, even if it's clearly harmful.

Yes, I do recognize that this would logically lead to making cigarette use illegal. The argument against that is that the trade in black-market cigarettes would then become outrageous. We'd have a situation of diminishing returns. Really, I believe the best way to eliminate illegal drug use is to make it seem unfashionable, 'uncool,' as has happened to a large degree with cigarettes. But, in lieu of that, I'm for keeping illegal drugs illegal.

Has Colmes ever seen someone severely addicted to ice or heroin?! For godsakes, any deterrent from using drugs like that, even a sometimes ineffective one, is better than none.

Fine. If you want all of these drugs to be legalized, Mr. Colmes, then I say that addiction to them should be taken off the roster of conditions considered to be disabilities.

Because my and everyone else's tax dollars should not have to be spent paying to rehabilitate people from their (legal) CHOICES.

Current Mood: pissed offpissed off

Hi! Yeah, I do recognize that there's a problem with making alcohol illegal, too. On the other hand, we've seen what happens when we try to make alcoholic beverages illegal; people who don't abuse them (as well as those who do) start up a hefty black market in them that is a worse problem than just treating people who have alcoholism.

But the point there is that not all people who drink alcohol abuse it. Maybe the same thing can be said of marijuana. But when you get to drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines, those are some really dangerous drugs which can completely destroy just about everyone who's ever been hooked on them.

I suppose there is no 'one size fits all' solution to the question of whether 'recreational' drugs should be legalized, but for the most part, I'm dead set against it.