Europe Is On The Right Track
Pondering after my post on prohibition and complete legalization, I thought about other countries around the world and some of the effects it has had on their country and ramifications. I don’t have actual numbers and statistics, but I do have common sense and an awareness of the world and the news. I also don’t know a lot of the specifics on it, but I do know that Europe has a lot more laid back laws when it comes to some of the “harder” narcotics out there such as hallucinogens and other psychedelics.
Now I have never been to Europe, but I think it is pretty common knowledge at this point that places like Amsterdam and others around have a lot less strict laws when it comes to possession and consumption of things like marijuana or “magic mushrooms.” I myself have never partaken in such substances, but I don’t really see the harm in them from what I have heard from people who have. Yes they can be scary and you can have a miserable time on them, but with responsible use I have heard many positive experiences with them.
Now I may be wrong here, but if the sale and regulation of these substances was such a detriment to a society, wouldn’t we hear more about people jumping off buildings or murdering each other a lot more frequently on the news? From what I have seen, legalization and regulation takes the sort of “taboo” away from these things and they become really not that big of a deal. I think when you restrict them completely, people are more prone to use and abuse them. Don’t go anywhere, I think I might start looking at some actual numbers on this.