Drug legalization of psychoactive substances in the United States.

Discussion reply: Amanda
Many different substances are considered psychoactive substances. For example, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine,
marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine are all considered psychoactive substances. Some are legal- such
as alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine- and some are not- such as heroine, methamphetamine, and cocaine. Certain
ones should be legalized such as caffeine and nicotine, but other should not be such as the ones considered
“street drugs”. Working in the law enforcement profession I get a first hand look at what these substances do to
the mind and body, including alcohol. Some of the people I come into contact with are permanently altered
because of the substances that have used, or have developed other health issues stemming from their drug
use. Alcohol has many consequences as well, especially when someone becomes alcohol-dependent.
Discussion post reply 2: Josef
I would not change anything on the drug legalization system. However, you could argue to legalize marijuana.

It is already legalized for medical treatment. Examples for diseases it is used for are multiple sclerosis, spinal
cord injury, or arthritis. The main purpose of its use is the pain relief and the decrease of the severity of
symptoms. If marijuana was legalized then there would need to be a certain age limit that it can be consumed
by. The brain is fully developed by the age of 23 to 25 which means this would be an age range which could be
a potential age limit for its use in order to not stop the development of the brain. Other than this psychoactive
drug I would not legalize any other drug that is not proven to be safe for humans or proven to be beneficial in
medical treatment. The problem with legalizing psychoactive drugs is that the access is much easier and the
volume of production will increase in order to make more profit out of it. This means that even younger
generations might have easier access to those drugs due to fake ideas, lack of controls, or just parents not
hiding the drugs.

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