@drequivalent @grainloom this is true but to get to this stage some folk lost their lives and others ended up serving very long sentences in prison (the turning points being MDMA pills with extremely high purity/dosage levels that took users by surprise, the availability of fentanyl which can be lethal even to experienced users as well as diverted pharms (normally only prescribed to senior patients with strong drugs tolerance) finding their way to younger users.
@grainloom @drequivalent what *should* happen and would also reduce risk of being drawn into other criminality is a tolerated, regulated portal for recreational drugs, so they can be sold at affordable prices but maybe with a sensible level of taxation that goes to public healthcare services; in a similar way to how alcohol and tobacco (which is far worse for you) is currently sold..
@drequivalent @grainloom also increasingly many people aren't even doing drugs "for fun" but to give them energy/focus to cope with work demands or education/learning and/or to help them sleep during nights for same reasons, so they can be more functional member of society. Its actually difficult to hold a rav or even a house party or listen to loud music now in my country without getting trouble for noise/anti social behaviour...
I think why also the prohibition fails to accomplish its supposed goals, is because it takes all the nuance and semitones out. It favors ignorance over information and draws the line in the wrong place. It is a problem when a person crosses this line by an uninformed decision. Then they start experimenting. And come to real dangerous stuff that may and will kill you dead or at least give you n addiction(opiates as a rule). And that's it for them
What also happened here with darknet trade (could be UK specific) is because its more effort (extra software, cryptocurrencies etc) but still illegal it attracted intelligent middle class kids into buying bulk purchases to the point they are classed as "dealers" (and if they even give some away or share it at near cost price under UK law that is dealing, and the penalty can go from a caution (just an official warning) to a short prison term.
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