How far do you take drug legalisation though?
Should sleeping pills be available without prescription for instance? As a short term solution that is known to bring about long term problems, I'd say it would be irresponsible to not heavily regulate certain types of prescription medicine.
The point of legalisation is to bring these substances into an arena where you can
regulate them. Once you accept some indisputable fact I think it is the only logical course to take.
1) It will never be possible to intercept every (or even more than a small percentage) cargo of illegal drugs. - The criminals win.
2) There will always be a market for drugs. (and a big one by anyone's standards) - The criminals win.
3) Most users are not abusers. But for the few that get themselves into trouble the very illegality would put them off seeking help. - The criminals win.
4)Without regulation it is easier for kids (I'm talking teens) to buy dope than alcohol or tobacco. The key word there is 'easier'. Where do they get it, and what other temptation will they encounter... - The criminals...
As Dev pointed out, legalisation isn't about condoning or advocating drug use.
Sober, wide-awake and belt-buckled people still die in road accidents, but a lot fewer today than before those precautions were legally enforced. With drugs comes responsibility, and we can't teach that while they are illegal (apart from needle programs).
Tulip1 mentioned Portugal. They legalised ALL drugs in 2001. This allowed them to begin educating the public and use has since fallen, especially among the young.
Here's their policy paperhttp://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/green ... epaper.pdf
For a good overview, you can't beat Wikihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_policy_of_Portugal
And I have come across many people directly quoting papers like this one which are presented as up to date but are just downright inaccurate. This one was compiled by the Christian Institute in 2003 and is bunkum. The only author with any medical background is a gynaecologist who was originally brought in to oppose abortion. But once groups like this find anyone
qualified in their ranks they trot them out as sages in everything
.http://www.christian.org.uk/wp-content/ ... bis.html#8