The Last Nail in the Coffin of the American Republic – Ron Paul

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All Drugs Should Be Legalized

First off, let me state that I am not a drug user whatsoever, but I don’t think the federal government should have any power to declare drugs illegal; it should be entirely a state based decision.  If drugs were to be legalized tomorrow, I’m not going to go out and purchase meth, crack, and heroin just because I legally can.  The government should set laws in place to protect you from yourself; you should be able to do that completely on your own.

For the first 23 years of my life, I lived in southeastern Michigan , where drugs are readily available; I knew many people who could get pretty much any drug I wanted within a matter of an hour or so, but I chose not to.  The only illegal drug that I have done is marijuana and that was very short lived; I enjoyed it, but it definitely wasn’t the greatest thing I could be doing with my time and money.  There are many people who do not have the same mentality as me when it comes to drug use, and would rather spend a large portion of their time being high and whatnot.  That type of person isn’t exactly one to be the top source of input when it comes to things like jobs (if they even have one) or their family.  I’m sure with the legalization of drugs, there will be quite a few people who will start to use drugs and there will be many who begin to use heavier than they have before.  A large number of people in this country that have at least some common sense will choose not to use drugs because they know the health risks involved and will not be willing to chance it.

Immediately following the legalization, I’m sure there will be a rise in drug related deaths, but those people chose their own path and probably aren’t the greatest contributor to their employer (again, if they even have one) or their community.  I don’t mean to sound like a heartless prick; I know quite a few people who have died or screwed up their lives due to drug and/or alcohol abuse.  There is nothing I could have said or done to change their actions or decisions they made; they would have done the same thing one way or another.  As it is said, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”, the non-contributing people (weak links) will end up killing themselves due to the drug use and essentially be removed from the chain, therefore creating a stronger chain.  It may take some time; maybe a few years, but eventually people will see the drug related deaths in front of them and it will dawn on them not to become one of those ‘weak links’.  I believe, that with time, drug use in the United States will decline from where it is currently if drugs are legalized.

As people have mentioned in the past, with the legalization of drugs, we as a country will no longer have to spend countless amounts of money trying to fight the drug cartels and imprisoning people for drug possession.  With that saved money, we would be able to redirect that money to the country’s deficit and to combat much important things like domestic terrorism and other acts of violent crime.

Many people have tried to argue the point with me that employers have no right to drug test their employees, because what people do on their own time is not the employers’ business.  I disagree with that argument for the most part; if the effects of the drug one chooses to partake in lasts more than just the weekend, it is then affecting your production at work.  Also, when an employer is providing your healthcare (whether partially or entirely), I feel they should be able to test regularly for drugs and even tobacco.  If the employees of a company require any medical treatment due to drugs or tobacco, the cost of healthcare to the employer will rise over time.  In turn, I believe a company should allow their employers to opt-out of their healthcare if they choose to use drugs recreationally as long as the usage does not interfere with their production at work.

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