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Illicit Drugs.

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Illicit Drugs.

A Number of people are pushing for the use of a number of illicit drugs to cease being a criminal offence.
Simply cannot make my mind up on this issue, on the one hand many of those addicted to drugs frequently involve innocent people such as breaking into their homes to steal money or mugging them. There have also been a number of incidents of innocent people being shot due to fights between drug gangs. Add to that the cost of Police time and the cost of keeping users in prison really means a rethink on the whole subject needs to be done.
On the other hand to legalize drugs would lead to an increase in addiction and leave those people unable to contribute to society or even their own upkeep. I Think this country used drugs to control parts of China for many years by selling them Opium so widescale use has taken place in the past to subdue people.
What are your thoughts on this Topic ? (and no quotes from the Daily Mail please)
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Re: Illicit Drugs.

Presumably you are referring to the "well known" illegal drugs.
They should remain on the "illegal list "... however, those caught in possession should be incarcerated for a period of time, e.g. 6 months, and during that time, treated for the addiction if necessary, and "re-educated" ( brainwashed ) into a more  "normal" way of earning a living,... i.e. train for a trade, with the definite promise of a placement for (at least) six months, on completion .
This should have  a three way effect, if approached and executed properly.....
1. the offender, ( dealer or user ), would be taken off the streets, preventing the possibility of criminal activity costing police time.
2.the offender would gain a trade, and be able to sustain a way of life, without the need for drugs
3. treatment for the addiction should be given to assist the "offender" to deal with life, without the use of drugs as a prop.
Initially the "cost of incarceration" may seem high, but with the treatment, re-education and training, this "cost" is spread across a wider spectrum and then becomes cost effective, more so, if the systm works, as police investigation time would be reduced, and this would also be part of the "cost of incarceration" cost effectiveness.
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Re: Illicit Drugs.

Some areas are plagued by groups of youth's drinking (legal) alcohol. Causing trouble and rarely moved on by police.
Now do I want to see legal drugs added to that problem?
It's a no brainer.
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Re: Illicit Drugs.

just think we could legalize murder and robbery and the crime rate would fall dramatically and lots less paperwork too!
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Re: Illicit Drugs.

That's effectively what's done to illegal immigration every time our "border guards" fail in their jobs.
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Re: Illicit Drugs.

If people are inclined to take drugs they do so and will obtain them through criminal sources.
It would be far simpler to allow discreet licensed  "Adult only" shops that sold safely compounded "illegal" drugs in small quantities to people who can prove they are over 18. Those shops could also provide health advice to people and of course the supply would be open to taxation.
In effect this already happens with tobacco, and used to happen with alcohol. Legal provision will greatly diminish the cause of criminal supply and would allow the police to focus on more important times like corrupt MPs.
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Re: Illicit Drugs.

Quote from: AlaricAdair

It would be far simpler to allow discreet licensed   "Adult only" shops that sold safely compounded "illegal" drugs in small quantities to people who can prove they are over 18. Those shops could also provide health advice to people and of course the supply would be open to taxation.

Now that`s a novel idea......
Perhaps we could do something like that to get prostitution off the streets  Roll eyes