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Legalise cannabis and any drug that does no worse harm than tobacco

Comment 5th July 2010

Prohibition doesn't work, and so far as I can find out, cannabis does less harm than tobacco or alcohol.

I don't have as much information on other drugs, but I wonder if ecstasy does worse harm than tobacco or alcohol.  If not, legalise that too.

I am sure others have suggested this, but did not have the time to read their entries in detail to make sure I wasn't endorsing other views I wouldn't agree with.

Why does this matter?

It's important because

– arbitrary laws (penalising one drug but not another) make our legal system less worthy of respect

– activity that harms only the user should not be criminal

– we could save the cost of enforcing the laws against cannabis.

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