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quote:Originally posted by ExodusDonnah, i don't agree with drugs and don't do them. I've spoken to people and from what i can make out, surely if someone smoked and drove, they would have slower reactions or be likely to make rash decisions?Thats Economics...
quote:Originally posted by chrisI have had a look at the report by the Dept. of Transport which seems to tell a slightly different story that the somewhat subjective and biased interpretation offered by shug :
quote:Originally posted by chrisYes, it also states that "the results do suggest
quote:Originally posted by chrisMate - it's exactly the same reference that you quoted from earlier on in this piece but is the bit that you forgot to mention - maybe the hash is affecting your memory 
quote:Originally posted by cannabinoid ...For living in a society that seems to be hung up on freedom and personal responsibility,.....
quote:Originally posted by drkevQuote "My body, my decision"So should heroin be legalised then? Should cocaine be legal then? If it's your body hell you can do what you want to it.I am not a lawyer, I'm a pharmacologist (future doctor). My job is to research and investigate the effects of drugs on people.We live in a structured and organised society with rules and regulations. You don't like that then you go live on a desert Island."..provide treatment" You choose to pump that crap into your body so why shouldf the overstretched NHS have to pay for your treatment? When it is a known fact that Cannabis is 3 times more carcinogenic than tobacco and 4 times the amount of tar is deopsited on the lungs.When Mrs Jones has to wait for her hip operation because Mr "I can do what I want to my body is in her hospital bed" then my point will be clear.We have laws that prohibit dangerous activity for reasons. So should the following be legal?Playing on railways?Jumping off of buildings?Running in traffic?Cocaine?Heroin?Self Harming?After all it's your bodyLive long and Love lifeKevin Fisher
quote:Originally posted by DonnahI want marijuana legalized. To penalize the sick who could benefit from its use because of others who abuse it makes no more sense than banning pharmaceuticals that are sold in the black market.
quote:Originally posted by Ylidequote: So should heroin be legalised then? Should cocaine be legal then? If it's your body hell you can do what you want to it. Yes, absolutely. Make it all legal. I think we've already proven that prohibition is largely ineffective. Instead of dumping hundreds of billions of dollars putting these people into prison, how about we spend a fraction of that treating their addiction and god-forbid do some medical research into addiction and find an inexpensive solution. What do you think costs the state more...a couple months in rehab or 10 years in the pokey? Considering the average cost to house and feed a prisoner is greater than the median household income in this country, I think we both know the answer to that. You make a claim of having an old woman that can't get her hip replacement surgery because some junkie is taking up a bed. Denying someone medical treatment because of health issues caused by personal choice goes against everything medicine stands for. If you truly have that attitude, I feel sorry for any patients you may have should you go into medical practice. As I stated above, many of our choices in life result in poor health. Maybe Mrs Jones needs a new hip because she's a big fat slob who couldn't watch what she ate her whole life and the strain of being heavy gave her arthritis. Does that make her morally superior because her self-induced health issues were not caused by a substance that a few old religious white guys decided made people a little too happy?Maybe the issue is not wether or not drugs should be illegal, but wether we as a nation have the ability develop a sensible health care plan. Education and treatment do a lot more in the prevention of drug use than incarceration ever will. If your goal is truly that of the welfare and health of your fellow man, drkev, perhaps you should take that into consideration. This message brought to you by The Council of People Who Are Sick of Seeing More People