Monday 16 January 2017

Prohibition makes drug use harmful

Published 27/12/2010 | 05:00

In response to the letter by 'A Chocolate User' published on December 24, I would like to make clear that, yes, I am quite aware that cocaine is illegal and the products I listed such as chocolate and petrol are not. However, this is precisely the point of drug legalisation -- the majority of harm caused by illegal drugs is a result of their prohibition.

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Kevin Myers argued that the consumption of cocaine and other illegal drugs supports gangland crime, but this would not be the case if such drugs were legalised. An historical precedent is clear in the foolish efforts to criminalise alcohol in the US, which led to increased consumption of the drug and spiralling crime rates.

Therefore, arguing the use of cocaine is immoral because it contributes to crime is a nonsensical argument -- it would be perfectly sensible to legalise it along with other drugs such as cannabis and MDMA. Alth-ough such drugs cause harm to the individuals consuming them, those people made the choice to take such drugs.

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