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> But you need some strong incentive structure to not start doing heroin in the first place.

You really don't. You seem like a straight-laced individual, if I told you heroin were legal in the US tomorrow would you go get some? I seriously doubt it. Anyone who wants it can already get it. Anyone not using isn't going to start due to legalization.

You know what legal thing I hear is fun but bad for you? Autoerotic asphyxiation -- but you don't see me hanging from the ceiling fan.

I urge you to research the Portuguese model, where all drugs were decriminalized to massive success [1].

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/05/portugals-radic...




I urge you to research the Portuguese model

Also, don't forget to mention that Norway is currently running a test program to give free heroin to its addicts.[0]

[0] https://www.foxnews.com/world/norway-to-test-free-heroin-pro...


That argument doesn't sound well founded. The booming marijuana industry and its popularity among previously non-pot smokers should've been your first clue.


(1) Marijuana is not nearly as bad for you as tobacco or alcohol, whereas I think we all agree hard drugs are worse. This study from a few years back should put things into perspective [1]. I think it's disingenuous to compare a drug that's objectively safe to one that's broadly recognized as objectively harmful.

(2) As of October 2018 (shortly before legalization) 47% of all Canadians have tried pot. [2] Now that it's legal, people are just more willing to fess up to it. Again, it's nothing they couldn't get before if they'd wanted it. Further [3] shows that the percentage of people smoking pot in Canada did not in fact increase after legalization.

[1] https://www.vox.com/2015/2/24/8094759/alcohol-marijuana

[2] https://www.statista.com/statistics/587689/marijuana-consump...

[3] https://www.countable.us/articles/21403-statistics-show-cana...


From Statistics Canada: "For example, the vast majority (98%) of those who have never consumed cannabis indicated that they would not use in the next three months. In contrast, most daily or almost daily (93%) and weekly (84%) users thought they would continue to use in the next few months at the same frequency." [1]

[1] https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/190207/dq190...


Anecdotal, but I've found more people are simply willing to admit they smoked pot now that marijuana looks to be legal. People simply lied about it.




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