I think most people know for every reaction there is a seperate and equal reaction . Drugs simply put start a change of events that often result in negative consequences . The prohobition of drugs through legal means results in the same , restricted supply of worthless substances leading to profiteering , activities whose penalties and turf protection cause people to kill and or injure others , and poverty from addicts or habitaul users that spend food and rent money on these items . I have been in tolerant socieities that allow soft drugs , even providing means for hard drug use through controls and everything about people seeing the negative consequences , learning and avoiding use applies as well as establishing barriers to those perceived to be performing tasks below their abillities . Profiteering was detered on these substances . This is a very difficult subject to address other then to simply enter a default response on the supply side echo'd by past leaders . " Just say no " . Or liberly stating the acient Greeks " nothing in excess " applies .
Sadly in practise alone it will not be enough . People often must learn from mistakes in this areana and others are rarley tolerant of diametrically opposed individuals whose practises are not supported by their belief systems . I can not smoke a joint without it causing a wasted lost day then I can walk a high wire ...Yet in free society shouldn't each be free decide ? Shouldnt we judge the behavior that results on its own merrit not just blanket the issue . I really don't know . I wonder how many of the 10's of thousands of users in jail would be productive citizens otherwise ? 1 , 2 or more . At 40,000 each to society while learning to divide the world into us vs them I do wonder .