The case for decriminalizing recreational drugs – or not

Posted: December 7, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Early results of the latest poll in our ‘Underground Knowledge’ group on Goodreads.com show opinions are divided as to whether recreational drugs should be decriminalized.

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In our latest poll, we ask: Do you believe society would be better off if recreational drugs were decriminalized?

To date, 48% of poll respondents say better off; 40% say unsure; and 12% say worse off.

The early results can be compared to polls conducted by mainstream US media and official polling organizations. For example, in the case of marijuana, a very recent Gallup Poll (published Nov.6, 2014) shows that “A slim majority of Americans, 51%, favor legalizing the use of marijuana — similar to the 50% who supported it in 2011 and 2012, but down from a reading of 58% last year,” according to a report on Gallup.com.

The report continues, “Gallup’s long-term trend on Americans’ support for legalizing marijuana…shows that in 1969, just 12% of U.S. adults were in favor. But that swelled to 28% by the late 1970s, and 34% by 2003. Since then, support steadily increased to the point that 50% supported it in 2011.

“Last year was the first time Gallup found a solid majority in favor, at 58%. That poll was conducted amid heavy news coverage of the imminent implementation of Colorado’s marijuana legalization law, which may have contributed to what appears to have been a temporary jump in support.”

In our poll (on Goodreads) the most insightful comment received to date reads as follows:

“Many now illegal drugs were available in the appropriately named “drug stores” in the early 20th century. They were inexpensive and therefore not an inducement to crime and the severely decreased market potential of one imprisoned. Now, it has become an industry to repeatedly incarcerate the poor “offender”, build more jails, provide jobs for sadists and confiscate loot. Don’t have the audacity to refute this unless you’ve been there.” (Name withheld).

To have YOUR say, or to view the growing number of discussions on numerous topics in our ‘Underground Knowledge’ group, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/142309-underground-knowledge—a-discussion-group?type=group

We welcome all viewpoints!

This group is open to everyone! All you need is an enquiring mind, an interest in the world we live in and a desire to learn or to uncover “underground knowledge” on important issues of our times. Our members include scientists, historians, conspiracy theorists, students, authors, doctors and many more.

 

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