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Additionally, little if any research is done on recreational drugs now,
since every drug deemed to be recreational finds itself outlawed or at
least limited to prescription, as was the case with MDMA (the main
ingredient in extacy pills today) which was legal until 1985. The ban,
rather than ending MDMA production, just encouraged dealers to add
heroin and mescalin to the mix to make it more powerful.

Perhaps with an incentive to create safer recreational drugs,
pharmaceutical and other industries would work towards removing harmful
side effects from existing drugs, or even creating new recreational
drugs with less harmful side effects.

Legal Drugs would be harder for children to get

Lawbreakers care not who they sell to, but legitimate businesses do. It
is rare to find alcohol dealers in high schools, but drug dealers are
all too common. It goes back to free markets, a teenager cannot compete
with 7-11, so the profit motive is removed from selling products 7-11
sells (beer). The only competition the teenage drug dealer currently
has in school is other teenage drug dealers, which results in violence
if anything. Ask any teenager which is easier for them to find,
marijuana or alcohol, they will probably say marijuana. It is not in
the best interests of a legitimate business to risk the legal
consequences of selling to children just to make the extra cash, but
lawbreaking drug dealers already pad their profits to account for the
risk of law enforcement.

Legal Drugs Would Be Cheaper, and therefore encourage less crime

A great deal of effort and risk goes into evading law enforcement,
these costs are paid by the end user, driving up the cost of drugs.
Additionally, there is a serious lack of competition in the drug
business because of it's illegal nature, yet there is ever increasing
demand in spite of it, which drives up the price of drugs. Addicts do
not generally steal because they like it, they steal because they
cannot afford their habits. There are plenty of drug addicts with
enough money to support their habits, who do not steal. By taking the
criminal overhead out of the drug business, and increasing competition
and supply, prices would drop, and the need to steal would drop with it.

Outlawing Peaceful behavior creates criminals

A drug user, left to his own devices, and able to support his habit
financially, is not generally inclined to commit crimes. Going to jail
would make it more difficult (though far from impossible) for him to
get high, it is not in his best interest to commit crimes. But besides
the affordability aspect, drug users are forced to associate with the
criminal element to obtain their drugs as long as they are illegal. By
associating with that criminal element, and sometimes becoming indebted
to it, the user is exposed to crime, and enticed by it's promise of
easy money and exciting nature. Buying drugs from a legitimate business
provides no such exposure.

This article could go on and on for days and days, the proofs that the
war on drugs is a complete and utter failure are limitless, we can't
even keep drugs out of our prisons, there is no hope for keeping them
out of our country. Attempts to stop the use of drugs through force of
law have been heavy handed, and ineffective. It is time for America to
start focusing on how to preserve our freedom and reduce our
government, and ending the war on drugs is one of the best places to

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