I dont care if its pot or heroin. If a person is of age and wants to use it its their body and their choice. They can deal with the consequences to their health. The government should have no right in telling people what they can and can't put into their bodies.
To a large extent I agree but the government ought to insure that misinformation, or and acts like sales fraud, and faulty product are prevented.
Likewise the public risk to things like second hand pot smoke, or "forgotten drugs" much like facilitiating access for minors to things like alcohol and cigarettes presents an issue with potentially lethal items such as heroine.
There should be a "safe" amount set aside which does not pose a risk of misuse by minors in the case of loss of a given drug.
I have seen pot just laying on the street before, I've also seen needles abandoned, resin abandoned, much like I've seen alchohol or cigarettes lost/abandoned.
I think however products need to be sold with health risks known... this would apply to drugs put to sale also. Because people can be victimized by alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs without their knowledge of the effects, it is only fair to let people know the negative consequences of their actions.
You would perhaps be suprised how little some drug users actually know about the drug they are using, especially when they use it for occasional recreational purposes. A lot of people do drugs for the first time via inadvertent pushing by others, not them going out and actively buying it in a store, that clearly explains the negative consequences of the taking the drug. On the contrary often drugs are marketted based upon their "interesting effects" such a hallucinations or euphoria.
I agree individuals should be able to administer their own bodies, but we do have an obligation to insure people are not victimized by the actions of others.
Even with it illegal, I'm someone who has encountered a hell of a lot of second hand pot smoke in my life, and I am a non smoker. it is out there even without it legalized, but the whole approach is wrong, it should be a focus on protecting individuals who would be victims not on preventing people from making their own informed choices.
Drugs are everywhere and things like omnibus arn't going to stop that, on the contrary it will spread it, as the price of drugs might increase, making it more lucrative to get into the business.
If you want to stop illegal drugs you need to turn them into a product sold in stores, with superior safety and quality and pricing that will put street labs out of business, any other approach is just talk.
Keeping people in jail longer ain't taking more people off the street. It is more so networking more people together.
Selling to minors should be a consideration though, that would hold life in prison.
Edited by MACKER, 17 March 2012 - 10:34 AM.