Judge Mortis said:For legalisation, where do you stop?
Can heroin users then say well if cannabis is legal why not heroin? Crack users could say similar? Legalisation may not be as simple as it sounds.
Any point will be arbitrary. Why is the government okay with my using an opiate like oxycodone, but not okay with me using an opiate like heroin? The same applies to any number of legal, semi-legal and illegal substances.
There's no point in a slippery slope argument, they're just silly. Few people are calling for the legalisation/decriminalisation of crack or heroin in the Netherlands, and they've had implemented a successful decriminalisation of cannabis for six years now.
Judge Mortis said:Thats is the problem though ..... people in custody for drug use alone will be far outweighed by drug users and associated crime. To be jailed for possession of drugs for personal use is almost unheard of now.
I don't see why stealing a TV to sell to fund your heroin habit is any different to stealing a TV to sell to fund something else. Theft is theft, and should be a criminal matter: motivation might explain crimes but it doesn't excuse them.
I mean, poverty is a leading (if not the leading) cause of crime and yet we only punish poor criminals, not the poor in general. Why not take the same attitude to drugs?