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  •  It's parents that stop the push for legalization (0+ / 0-)

    When people think of themselves, they prefer freedom and perceive little harm. When people think of their children, they prefer rules and perceive great harm. Currently the government is helping keep their kids of drugs, and they don't feel want to increase the risk.

    •  Legalized alcohol provides precedent. (2+ / 0-)
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      Not sure why this would be any different.  Oh, there are always going to be holes in the net; like the kids back in high school who always managed to get a keg to the party (how did they do that?), but we're already not stopping that sort of thing, and there is no reason to think we're ever going to get any better at it.

      I get that parents often want to make the world safe for their children, like Frigg tried to do for Baldur or Thetis for Achilles, but this impulse is an irrational basis for policy, and is doomed to failure in any event.

      The more interesting question from my angle is why we feel so compelled to vilify pleasure itself.  We're very Puritanical like that.

    •  keeping it illegal makes it more available to (0+ / 0-)


      it's easier for a high school kid to get weed than beer because the regulated market for beer means people get checked for age

      if you want LSD, you almost HAVE to find a high school kid (or recent grad)

      re-legalize ALL drugs and take control of them away from criminals

      To be a Republican, you have to believe that our economic problems are caused by the poor having too much money and the rich not having enough.

      by Tommy Jones the Band on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:23:01 AM PDT

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