IMO, All illict drugs should be legalized for both moral and practical reasons. Like many people I think the “war on drugs” has been incredibly harmful to innocent people. I think government policy is directly responsible for significant loss of human life and increased crime.
In addition I believe government should protect our freedoms and rights, therefore I think the government has absolutely no place in controlling what a person wishes to do to their own body. If they government attempts this, they necessarily violate our rights and abdicate upon their proper duty to protect our freedom.
I just stumbled across this one-sided opinion piece at Opposing Views:
The Mainstream Media’s 5 Favorite Marijuana Myths
But what I found amusing was the last point #5.
“According to a new study posted online in the journal Health Communication, survey data published by investigators at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania found that many of the government’s public-service announcements actually encouraged pot use.
Researchers assessed the attitudes of over 600 adolescents, age 12 to 18, after viewing 60 government-funded anti-marijuana television spots. Specifically, researchers evaluated whether the presence of marijuana-related imagery in the ads ( e.g., the handling of marijuana cigarettes or the depiction of marijuana-smoking behavior ) were more likely or less likely to discourage viewers’ use of cannabis.”