(This comes from the 30 Days of Truth meme, an ongoing blogging project that I hoped to finish by the end of the year…maybe by the end of January?)
Day #20 - Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Oh, what a loaded topic. So I’ll keep it simple and short.
Most illegal drugs are illegal for a reason and should be kept illegal.
Though I’m not sure marijuana should be illegal, and I do see how people with real medical conditions can use it to ease pain.
Alcohol, like marijuana, can be used quite responsibly or awfully irresponsibly.
I know, I’ve done both. I mean, I’ve used alcohol responsibly and irresponsibly, never once tried pot or any other currently illegal drug. (Other than contact highs, which are plenty in Boulder.)
I do think the drinking age could be lowered back down to 18 with enough education on responsible vs. irresponsible drinking. I do believe college kids today are smarter about drinking and driving than twenty years ago. It might stop some binge drinking from occurring.
One more thing – legal prescription drugs may be used irresponsibly as well – we can’t forget that.
Hmm. You’re a lot more conservative on the matter than I would have expected! I believe all drugs have risks and benefits — dependent upon dose and use — and it should be up to the individual (possibly in conjunction with his healthcare team) which ones to use, in which doses, and when. I do not believe it the proper function of government to regulate which ones we may or may not use, or under what circumstances, EVER. (That said, I do believe that individuals should be held responsible for any harm done to other individuals and/or their property regardless of what drugs that are, or are not, consuming.)