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Oxford's Practical Ethics: Ron Paul is Right, Legalize Drugs

Writes Brian Earp:

Forget about “medical marijuana.” Isn’t it time to legalize heroin in the United States? Recreational cocaine? Ecstasy? LSD? How about the whole nefarious basketful of so-called ‘harder’ drugs?

Yes, it is, says Dr. Ron Paul, a fourteen-term libertarian congressman and obstetrician from the state of Texas. It’s a view shared by virtually none of his Republican colleagues, nor, for that matter, very many Democrats. Nor really anyone in the “mainstream” of American politics. But in this post, I’ll argue that he’s right.


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legalize at the federal level.

Uncle Scam must get out of our medicine cabinets.


State level?

And should the states get out of your medicine cabinet as well?


Just talking about what the good doctor could do as pres....


decriminalize not


Big difference.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

no, criminalize

To legalize means the government has approved of your actions. People who call themselves the government have no jurisdiction over you.

Instead, criminalize government action. It shall be illegal for any person, including people who call themselves 'the government' to threaten anyone with violence when they engage in peaceful activity on their own property or on property where the owner consents.

self ownership

We shouldn't legalize anything. It should be illegal for anyone (including people who call themselves 'the government') to initiate violence or threats against any peaceful person.

You can argue for it

all you want but it is still wrong. Paul really looses votes on this issue. The drug laws need to be changed but outright legalization of all drugs is stupid. But I do have a question for you.

Will your children buy their heroin fix from R.J. Renolds or Phillip Morris? Where will you buy your codine and morphene, over the counter at CVS or Eckards?

Drugs, prostitution, guns and self ownership

The right of a human to do drugs or eat high fat foods, smoke or marry the wrong woman is derived from the very core of libertarian thought and is the driving force behind the current freedom movement.

Who owns you?

If you own yourself, then you yourself decide if you wear a seatbelt, or own a gun.

If you don't, then someone else decides. If someone else decides, then maybe you're not free, like a serf or a slave

Unalienable rights to decide, are given to us by our Creator*, and may not be interfered with by anyone or any government.

Like it or not, the rights I received are received equally by every other person and I must respect this.

The right of a free man to bear semi-automatic weapons is undeniable, but a guy bearing a joint is not? Self ownership is to be enjoyed by us and defended by us. Imprisoning adults and breaking up families for drug use is the worst kind of hypocrisy.

"If you have to amend the Constitution to enact alcohol prohibition, how do you enact drug prohibition?"

Of course you have to change the Constitution. Thus, the War on Drugs is unconstitutional and illegal. The drug warriors are the criminals.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ


the children will get it from drug dealers as it stands - a dark and nefarious busisness that is.

Like most opioids, unadulterated Heroin doesn't cause many long-term complications other than dependence and constipation. Adulterated "street" Heroin however is considered to be one of the most harmful drugs especially if consumed intravenously.

You can not legislate morality - people will do drugs whether they are legal or illegal - addictions are horrible - I venture to guess most addicts wish they could be free from the addicition.

Decriminilizing will not change that - but it will relieve the prisons, make drug-dealing much less attractive (think Mexico), and perhaps money can be better spent rehabilitating. Decriminilizing does not mean everyone will now run out and do drugs - look at Portugal's statistice.

You can't legislate morality.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

His argument is against Federal Prohibition

Alcohol is still regulated. As is tobacco. (Coffee isn't, can give it to kids...sigh).

If all drugs were "legalized" at the federal level, I'd expect most states wouldn't change their laws at all. Maybe a third would legalize marijuana for adults. A few might legalize cocaine (or simply coca-leaf tea, regulating any processing of the drug) and opium (probably not heroine).

Realistically your kids wouldn't be able to get heroin. Drug dealers would be out of business or an incredible rarity.

What you need to think about is the violence, the gangs, the over-run prisons, and the tax money spent.

Where will your kids get punished for smoking pot, at home or in jail?

Where will your kids makes money for selling cocaine, at a local dispensary or on the street corner in gang colors?

Dr. Paul's drug policy is smart. I think it has actually helped him bring over a lot of Libertarians and Progressives to the GOP to vote for him (it and his foreign policy is what won me over).

You can disagree all you want, just don't say it's stupid...because it's not.

Where do your kids buy their alcohol fix, from Al Capone or Anheuser-Busch? Which would you prefer?

Jack Wagner

You need to check history

and come to grips with reality. Cigarettes are a prime example. You don't experiance a high when you smoke cigarettes, they don't taste good and they don't smell good so why do so many smoke them? ADDICTION. You think regulation will keep heroin out of the hands of children well lets look at regulated cigarettes. Most people I know started smoking as teens, myself included, even though they aren't supposed to be sold to minors and much to the delight of the cigarette corporations the addiction keeps the money rolling in. There goes you great idea right out the window.

Legalizing the sale of heroin will only allow government to impose more regulation that will be enforced selectively and will legitimize profit through addicting "customers" and taking away their ability to choose.

But if you want snort some coke or shoot some junk then grow your own coca or poppies and make your own but when you sell it to my son or daughter, no matter how old they are, then I reserve the right to blow your stinking brains out.

You have a lot to learn

about liberty and your fellow Man.

You have a lot to learn

about reality and your fellow man.