Re: Dump these turkeys: tougher drug stanceOct 4th, 2007
Take that most profound of all freedoms: expression. Violence can be an expression, but it is easy to justify limiting that form of expression. Perjury is a form of expression as well, it is the untruthful expression of a concept with the wrong legal ramifications. It is directly and causally related to miscarriage of justice and so is easy to justify limiting. The same is true of discrimination, slander, verbal abuse and hate propaganda.
There is no direct causal relation between drug use and social degradation. The use in and of itself is not morally corrupt; caffeine is a common recreational drug. The argument for the prohibition of drugs is a stretch at best. Without actual statistical evidence, it is implied that these specific forms of recreational drugs lead to societal breakdown because of physical or psychological addiction which they imply leads to criminal behavior, generally theft and robbery to provide money for the next hit. The fact that this is untrue for alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, or morphine, for example, seems to have slipped their attention. Although such arguments sound plausible they lack the weight of evidence and are, as such, not justifications.
It was simply assumed that society had an interest to interfere in personal lives to prevent specific forms of drug use, reasons were never provided.