>>Well, by definition all drug related crimes would no longer be crimes, hence the crime rate will plummet. But thats the flippant response.<<
What about the crimes committed by people (and criminals) that are under the influence of drugs? Not all these crimes are perpetrated specifically in the procurement of more drugs for sale or personal use.
I concede that simple possession, under the influence, possession for sale and sales charges will go down, but there is a criminal element out there that will continue their criminal efforts unabated in order to generate revenue for everything else they want and need OTHER THAN drugs. And most likely, they will be using while they are committing these crimes. Hence more drug related crime.
>>If drugs are legal, then crime done to buy drugs such as robberies, car jackings, muggings etc will drop.<<
Drop maybe. But will more people eventually fall into a drug lifestyle when the stuff is legal, and at least theoretically more abundant and at a lower price?
Legal or no, the shit will not be free. Non recreational drug users will do what it takes to get it. Some will work, earn money and pay for it like they do everything else. Others will not work, they will live on the street in constant desperation, and in certain cases, they will mug you or shoot you in the face and take your wallet or car.
>>Not too many muggings to buy beer are there?<<
Probably a lot more than you are choosing to acknowledge. Some jonesing alcoholics can get pretty damn ugly, and they're not all frail, little old gutter winos.
>>The price of drugs will be reasonable enough so people dont have to
commit crimes to purchase them.<<
You do know that there are a helluva lot of legal drugs that are almost unbelievably expensive right? I have purchased a quite a heap of illegal drugs without having committed crimes against people. Drug users don't have to commit crimes to purchase drugs. Not now, in the past or in the future. They choose to commit these crimes as opposed to earn and spend their own money. This is often because of behavioral and attitude changes brought about as a result of their drug use and association with drug culture.
>>Addiction is another issue. I dont think drugs should be advertized or promoted.<<
Perhaps you meant that psychoactive and intoxicating recreational drugs shouldn't be advertised and promoted? The reality is that a great number of legal drugs are promoted and advertised in every form of media around the clock 24/7, and that practice is sure to continue and expand.
Wouldn't banning advertisement and promotion of legal substances infringe on free speech and freedom of the press?
>>In fact public dollars should be used to educate rather than arrest users and potential users.<<
That would create jobs for bureaucrats, educators, counselors, etc, but that's about it. It would probably be about as effective as the D.A.R.E. program. Although well intentioned, the net effect of that program is that it provides lots of hours for government personnel and lots of overtime hours for law enforcement personnel as instructors. Which probably explains why both groups insist that the program remain in existence long after it was proven ineffective.
So far as the public is concerned, it's another telling of 'The Emperors New Clothes' and we swallowed it whole. It sounds so good, and we want it to work so badly (for the children). We continue to pretend that it does work in the face of evidence to the contrary.
Here in Santa Clara County, we still try like hell to pretend that VTA's Light Rail project was a sound, intelligent answer to public transit issues. That maybe someday it will come close to supporting itself so that they can quit compromising a working bus system to support the looser piece of shit. It's a disaster. The worst and least used system in the nation. But it sure sounded GREEN and it made some people FEEL good.
This D.A.R.E. ineffectiveness list goes on for days
There is already a ton of public money devoted to the type of education you're talking about. So far as putting any more money out there for more of the same, I'd be okay with that as long as I can keep MY dollars and spend them on something that has a reasonable chance of success.
>>Look at smoking. It has become so socially unpopular
in Ca that you cant even get a date if you are a smoker!<<
Maybe not with your initial 'dating' target, but it is certainly still possible, and $300 bucks does help increase your odds of success.
(I know you're probably talking about civies here and you're right)
>>Make drugs the same way. Legal but unpopular.<<
It will be a slow painful process, but that IS HOW undesirable drug use and abuse use will eventually begin to wane. That's why I advocate legalization of everything. Give everybody everything they want and let them bask in the results of their wishes. If it works out great. If it doesn't, they may gain a better understanding of what they really want and need to do. What doesn't work and what will work, and a better way to achieve the desired result.
There are a great many people who will not readily succumb to societal pressure and substantially modify their behavior in regards to their pet substance/s. You have to keep in mind that smoking doesn't have the same feel good effect on people as the illegal drugs we're talking about. In the case of some of these drugs, they don't have as many patently obvious negative and scary health effects. It will be a somewhat more difficult to 'make' certain substances unpopular.
Some people use drugs because it makes them feel good. Some use to keep from feeling. Some use for fun. Some use to alleviate their stress or misery. Some use because someone told them to. Some use because someone told them not to. And so on.
Their are also many that once started, simply cannot moderate their intake or abstain. That is until bad things happen. Sometimes not even then. We all know someone like this.
Not many use because they think it is physically good for the mind and body and it's the intelligent thing to do. If I told you that any and all sex was bad for you, and then supported my assertion with irrefutably sound scientific studies and quoted world renowned authorities, would you abstain because I 'educated' you?
For the record, I make no distinction between alcohol and drugs. That includes a lot of legal drugs. I pretty much look at everything that has the potential to change ones mental state and behavior in the same light.