Addiction to Illegal Drugs

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Drugs in and of themselves do not cause mayhem. Like all things they can be used, or abused. The thesis of this paper is that it is part of the role of the state to prohibit narcotics which society has agreed are harmful in the long-term.


The recreational use of drugs is not a value worth passing on to young people. Such behavior is anti-social and ultimately self-abuse. At the same time it is recognized that there is a certain amount of illogicality in the way that the abuse of legal drugs - such as alcohol - is acceptable vis--vis other narcotics. That is the delinquent is not punished for abusing the drug, but for the actions committed whilst under its influence. Since the most controversial drug at the moment is marijuana this paper will limit itself to the examination of this narcotic.
The Legalise Cannabis Alliance is a UK based political organization committed to the legalization of marijuana. It seeks to have marijuana and marijuana products removed from the UK Misuse of Drugs Act and that possession, cultivation and use of marijuana or its products should be free from prosecution. It argues that marijuana can be used to produce cost-free fuel through the process of pyrolysis on marijuana biomass. Further, it believes that the prohibition of marijuana infringes Human rights."Prohibitiongoes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control man's appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our Government was founded." (cited in Legalise Cannabis Alliance manifesto.) ...
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