Sooooo.... can we just cut and paste posts from the previous iterations of this exact same thread? It is demonstrably true that prohibition creates crime. It is also true that "recreational drugs" of all kinds create problems for people who abuse them. It is also true that crazy people do crazy things. One of the interesting things I've seen in my dealings with all manner of people who are insane is that they often self medicate... to the point that doctors have a very difficult time determining whether they are insane because they take all manner of drugs or whether they take all manner of drugs because they are insane. Back in the 80s, Congress changed the definition of disability to allow for drug addiction and alcoholism, if severe enough, to be considered a disabling condition. As a result, we had a ton of drug addicts and alcoholics receiving Social Security disability and SSI. Then, in the mid 90s, the definition was changed, and every single person on the books had to receive a new determination (and there were millions of them). The question at hand was essentially, if you didn't take drugs would you still be disabled? Millions were cut, but millions more were not. Point is that recreational drugs are, by any measure, bad for you if abused. This includes ALL recreational drugs, including the ones that are legal, such as alcohol. And if abused, they will all lead to very bad things. Again, this includes alcohol. Now, we've tried banning alcohol and it didn't go so well for us. It led to violence and the criminalization of a whole bunch of otherwise law abiding citizens. So, that's kind of my bar. When I think about whether something should be legal, I think about what sort of damage it would do to society. How difficult is it to abuse? How addictive is it? Is use of the substance likely to lead to more violence... or at least, more violence than use of alcohol? I'd say there are some that are clearly harmful. In this category are drugs like crack, cocaine, heroin and the "legal" equivalents such as Oxycontin and the vast array of prescription drugs killing people all the time. In the category of not more harmful than alcohol, I'd put weed. So, it's really case by case. Ultimately, the questions we should be asking is would legalization lead to MORE crime or LESS? Is the drug more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco? Is the drug likely to become addictive and if so, is addiction likely to lead to loss of job (because addiction of itself is okay... many are addicted to caffeine or cigarettes or chocolate and manage to live long, productive lives)? Some clearly are, and other are clearly not.