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If people want to ingest a damn plant or fungus then by all means who cares what they do.
The British political philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke said, "The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please. We ought see what it will please them to do before we risk congratulations."The core argument is that legalization is an expansion of liberty, that we already have alcohol and tobacco as intoxicants, and that marijuana is essentially harmless compared to other drugs.The first point is likely to prove ephemeral. Even legalized, marijuana - let alone "mushrooms" - will be a controlled substance sales of which will, at a minimum, be limited to those 18 (or perhaps 21) years of age or older. To enforce this will requite an enormous regulatory, monitoring and law enforcement apparatus. Throw in that it will undoubtedly be taxed by state and local - and Federal jurisdictions - eager to cash in on the windfall, and the expansion of government bureaucracy and the court system will likely dwarf anything that the current prohibition requires.Say what you will, the IRS, the FDA, OSHA and other such agencies do not, at the moment play a role in the law with marijuana (and mushrooms). It is largely a matter for the courts and law enforcement. Legalize them, and whole panoply of government entities will become involved.As to comparing them to tobacco and alcohol, do we really want another tobacco or alcohol? How much do those intoxicants cost the country in blood and treasure each year? Insert the known and unknown side effects of marijuana - let alone mushrooms - into the mix, it would be an ocean of misery.One example, since Colorado legalized marijuana, emergency room admissions of children who have stumbled on mom and dad's stash have skyrocketed. Also, intoxicated driving convictions have similarly soared and employers have reported an increase in workplace accidents.To take just marijuana and to its assumed harmlessness. This is relative. It is known that frequent users of marijuana are prone to schizophrenia - though it is disputed if marijuana is cause or effect. Minors who use marijuana show decreased IQ levels and behavior problems. These are known problems.Throw in what we do not know and may learn later. (How long did it take before the linkage between tobacco and lung cancer was established?) Further, once these problems are discovered you can be assured that the demand for government assistance programs to aid the victims will be intense. The middle class loves it indulgences, but hates paying for them.Add it all up, legalization is a bad idea. So it will likely happen.
yes i think mary j should be decriminalised and i dont know what the law is on mushrooms is in Ireland but in the uk it is leagal to pick them and eat them... its only when you prepare them that it becomes ilegal... shame because magic mushroom home brew is amazing mid winter ;)
I am pro freedom, so that means make every drug legal
Any drug is dangerous if abused. They should be legal but definitely an age restriction.
Just what we need is a lot of brain dead people trying to tell us how to live.
I don't care. I just... don't... care ! :)
yup. 100% legalize them.
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