Author Topic: Drug Laws  (Read 334 times)

Drug Laws
« on: July 28, 2004, 02:54:47 PM »
Not for dealing, but laws that prosecute the individual user for possession or consumption - good, or bad? Y'see, I've always been of the view that alcohol, nicotine, etc. are all drugs. Addictive, depressive, expensive drugs. Drugs that a lot of people have problems with, take too much of, or even die from. So what is it that makes some legal, but others not? Surely, in the end, it's up to the responsibility of the user to ensure they don't break the law in more serious ways whilst under the influence, in the same way that we are expected not to drive when we've drunk a lot. A lot of people say that illegal narcotics are 'mind-altering' drugs in ways that caffiene, alcohol etc. aren't, but think about it, this isn't true when you consider what the definition of 'drug' actually is:

Quote from: "http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn2.0?stage=2&word=drug&posnumber=1&searchtypenumber=-2&senses=&showglosses=1&showcontexthelp=1"
drug -- (a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic)
       => agent -- (a substance that exerts some force or effect)
           => causal agent, cause, causal agency -- (any entity that causes events to happen)
               => entity -- (that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving))