So apparently in a classic world wide fail, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has suggested that the world experiments on the idea of legalising drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy and perhaps even harder stuff.
The 'benefits' of such are often hounded by Ultraliberals and Libertarians as an end to the black market, all violent crimes including murder rape and domestic violence; and end to human trafficking, anti social behaviour and even 'the theft of electricity'.
The argument is made funnier however when they claim that legalisation will prevent children from taking it. The UK only just raised the age limit from 16 to 18 for the purchase of tobacco products a few years ago because this was a load of bull, and thought that raising the age would prevent shops getting away with younger looking customers buying cigarettes. Alcohol is somewhat similar, with Scotland having horror stories of 8 year old alcoholics. The suggestion that legalisation prevents minors from getting access is therefore madness, there are far more 8 year olds smoking tobacco and drinking alochol due to exposure than harder drugs. Where there is this exposure due to parents taking these forms, the percentage chance of the child also being addicted also raise.
Drug money almost always benefits some dodgy group, if your European and your smoking something you shouldn't be, chances are your either funding some Central/Eastern European mafia gang which guns down people in the streets, or (more likely) your funding the Taliban/Al Qaeda in Afghanistan killing our Soldiers.
The very reason these things are even called drugs is because they effect the body in a way more extreme than things normally do, many prescription drugs are actually things that pull your body to one extreme which when your ill actually stabilises it, taking it when your not ill simply makes you go the opposite way.
There is also this thing called addiction, the body starts to rely on this stuff, but gets immune at the same time, producing the dip effect where the more you use anything the lower down you'll feel without it and the less high you'll feel when you do, giving you a net downward trend regardless of what you do.
But that's ok they have a counter for that, because alcohol and tobacco are apparently more destructive and addictive and because they are legal everything under the sun should be too. This mentality is also wrong, rather than claiming that something that is legal is far more dangerous and therefore justifies switching the classification of something thats illegal, we should be banning those products as well.
Alochol related incidents take up the most time, energy and money in the National Health Service, because even though its taxed to death, has known and accepted health threats and legal; people still drink it to the extreme. We are led to believe that people who would be able to legally buy cannabis would not fry their brains till they can't anymore when people can't even control the use of current legalised drugs.
Rather than decriminalising drug use, as the international org suggests doing, we should be clamping it down more. Anyone who is buying these drugs are funding criminal elements, and should be no different to directly funding groups such as the IRA or Al-Qaeda and bring back the death penalty for dealers. Instead, we are heading towards a dangerous road of accepting the things that destroy us.