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The answer to this question officially has everything to do with the idea that laws are meant not only to protect citizens' rights but to ensure citizens' safety as well.

Some of the trickier aspects of how we draw the line between what is safe and what is not are...

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The answer to this question officially has everything to do with the idea that laws are meant not only to protect citizens' rights but to ensure citizens' safety as well.

Some of the trickier aspects of how we draw the line between what is safe and what is not are pointed out in the posts above. Clearly, there is plenty of room for debate as to where the line should be drawn but very few people really think that there should be no line at all and that all controlled substances should be legal.

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Some drugs are illegal because they are deemed to dangerous. The hope is that by making them harder to get, most people will avoid them. Of course, drugs are actually pretty easy to get if you reallly want them. They are just more expensive and more dangerous because they aren't regulated like legal drugs.
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Some drugs are not illegal. I am assuming you are talking about illegal drugs only. Illegal drugs are illegal because they are capable of causing a lot of harm to people (so are many prescription drugs). Prescription drugs are used for people with some sort of medical condition. Illegal drugs are not. Illegal drugs are for recreational use and they have many devastating or even deadly side effects.

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Inferring that you are speaking strictly of contraband narcotics, here's the "why:" Illegal drugs have been proven to be detrimental to human health in epidemic proportions. Meth, for instance, is addictive on the first use, and ruins the lives of its users. Marijuana, as a general rule, has a more cumulative negativity -- it takes longer for habitual users to be "ruled" by their addiction, but once they are, their brains and lives are decimated by its effects.

Similar things could be said of other "street drugs:" crack, angel dust, and the whole host of prevalent illegal narcotics have one thing in common -- they all result in personal destruction.

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This is not a well-phrased question. "Drugs" are not illegal. Some drugs, like caffeine, are completely legal; some drugs, like nicotine, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals are controlled -- you have to meet certain conditions in order to obtain them, like turning 18 or having a prescription; and some drugs, like marijuana, LSD, and crystal methamphetamine are banned.

Among the banned drugs, some, like crystal meth, create a danger to the person with no medical benefit. Some create a danger to others, like PCP. Some controlled drugs, like salvia in California or alcohol, have no medical benefit and are at least as dangerous as some banned drugs, but these types of drugs are heavily supported by money from the industries that produce them, and will never be banned.

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