? asked in News & EventsOther - News & Events · 1 month ago

What do you think society would be like if drugs of the earth that have been legal for thousands of years, before the late Victorian era?

, such as cocaine, poppy, were decriminalised and taxed

Bear in mind the lack of business for and crime by drug smugglers and sellers

Americans... please do not answer just to say you do not know what of the earth means

8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    People referencing the Opium wars are missing the point.  The Chinese authorities wanted to enforce a prohibition which was opposed by the British as they had to pay in silver for tea and needed the sale of Indian opium to prevent a trade imbalance. 

    We already know that the current prohibition does not work.  It is rocket fuel for organised crime groups, so lucrative that large operators have successfully suborned governments and government agencies.  Yes these organisations are often in other criminal activities but nothing matches the cash flow from drug distribution.

    Tackling the drug problem currently uses huge amounts of government resources and yet drugs a readily available in every city, town and village the world over.  Yes drugs are bad but addiction is a medical issue.  Making a law enforcement issue is a highly ineffective counter measure. 

    There is a wealth of information from places like Portugal and Switzerland who have taken a different approach.  The Swiss are highly pragmatic and opted for treatment over punishment and have a much higher success rate in curing the addition.  Even the UN body that is involved in narcotic recognise that less than 10% of narcotic consumption is problematic. 

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    That is NOT true.  It is still perfectly legal for you to strip off in the woods, tie antlers to your head and boil up deadly nightshade with some lambs fat over a traditional wood fire.  Then all you have to do is smear it up and down your forearms and wait until you START to feel a little something, then scrape it off like crazy, and for many hours - Bob's your Uncle!  (as are the police and the guys in the hospital).

  • 1 month ago

    Social Media is the Opiate of the Masses.

  • 1 month ago

    We would have the rich drug dealers with vast financial resources and we would have the slave class that was slaves to the drug dealers drugs and the drug dealers what happily provide

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    western capitalists use drug tactic to subdue, rape and steal with impunity

    Chinese fought the Opium wars against GB and West capitalism

    you could not make this up

  • 1 month ago

    You seem to be implying that, since the drugs were used for centuries, they are safe.  Not true.  Medical science was in it's infancy at the time, and people had no idea of the type of damage drugs can do.  As for putting the drug dealers out of business, they'll just find another outlet, such as selling illegal firearms.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Less crime, less deaths, less money spent on imprisoning people, less addiction, happier people.

  • Mark
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Ask the Chinese about the opium wars.  It was debilitating on large parts of society which is why the Chinese fought back.

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