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  • Petertwo
    January 26, 2013 - 03:26

    Legalizing illegal drugs will make them taxable. The taxes can go to health care to help pay for the addicts, currently they are being helped and this adds to the health care costs. The governments have done a pretty good job in considerably reducing smoking and the health hazards associated with that, and with the liquor as well.But they cannot initiate similar programs without some measure of control. It will also relieve the policing situation considerably. The police, I am sure, must be fed up with the public who do do those drugs and support the criminal element. People, it seems, are not going to give up on so called recreational drugs voluntarily. One thing seems obvious the situation can not go on much longer with bystanders, men,women and children being shot on the streets in broad daylight in the major cities. Processing the drugs through pharmaceutical companies will ensure a measure of safety that does not exist at present. Just saying - as the idiom goes.

  • Anthony
    January 25, 2013 - 17:18

    Of course all drugs should be legalised. We could continue this crazy "control and punishment" idea forever and there will be more and more drugs consumed, not less. The history of the War on Drugs has shown that. Portugal legalised all drugs and consumption went down. There are not millions of people waiting to take drugs just as soon as they are legalised, the same people will take drugs legal or not.. A very good article. Far better to address the issues that compel people to abuse drugs (or alcohol or anything else) than to keep beating up people who already may have problems.

  • Bill
    January 25, 2013 - 16:42

    Great story. Kids always get only one side of the story. Check out this book, this book should be given or read to every kid from 10 and over. Marijuana- A story for kids

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    January 25, 2013 - 11:19

    I almost at a loss for words after reading your column. Exactly what is that you suggest? The police or any other powers to be, should not try and educate our youth about the perils of drug/alcohol abuse. So we just ignore it, don't talk about it and then legalize it to boot. There are numerous studies out there covering the hazards of exposing a young maturing brain to drugs and intoxicants.

  • Anon
    January 25, 2013 - 10:29

    Well said Brian Jones. Well said.