Quote: Originally Posted by ironsides
The first post should answer your question.
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What question? I figured the punctuation in my post made it pretty clear it was all rhetoric.
Even if you are willing to assume that the actual and only cause was marijuana, there are two points that one would have to ignore in order to support criminalization because of this issue:
1. You need to ignore that public intoxication is illegal even if the drugs are legal.
2. You need to ignore the fact that alcohol related disturbances are much more common, even when normalised to usage.
You have to make a lot of assumptions and ignore a lot of facts in order to support criminalization. Reality is not on the side of criminalization, only the perverse, frightened fantasies of a few support criminalization.
Living in the Netherlands, you just do not see this sort of thing happen, and you are constantly confronted with usage. Step into any coffeshop and you can easily have a chat with some of the nicest, mellowest people you will ever meet. Compare that to stepping into the bar on the wrong side of town.