Originally Posted by BASaint
Speaking from personal experience, there has been times that i've felt like using drugs but was not prepared to make certain journeys on public transport to get hold of them due to the small chance i'd be caught.
If I knew I couldn't be busted i'd be using drugs a lot more.
How much alcohol do u drink? do u get hammered every night b/c it's legal? What about drinking so your physically dependent, after all, it's legal? If not, surely a few shots every morning before work, right?
It's funny, I wish I could pull up the survey, but there was a survey done where people were asked 2 questions:
1. If drugs were legal would you start to use drugs that you do not currently use?
2. If drugs were legal would your neighbors start to use drugs they do not currently use?
95% of those polled said they would NOT start using drugs. Also....
95% of those polled said their neighbors WOULD start using drugs...
It's obvious based on a study like this that there is a false perception that other people are going to run hog wild if drugs were legalized, when in fact they will not (because 19 out of 20 said they wouldn't).
I find that poll very telling. Paranoia about other people. I like to approach life from a place of confort and safety, not from a place of fear. It's not healthy.
I remember when MJ became decrrim in MA a cpl yrs ago. Due to the huge college population I was pretty certain that the day the law went into effect there would be ton's of college kids roaming the streets smoking weed (and I'm an ex pot head and pro legalization). Nothing even remotely like that happened. There was virtually NO CHANGE in the way college kids and others behaved in public (except, I'm told, in very large public gatherings like outdoor concerts...but who cares's about those isolated and contained events, alcohol consumption has always created more societal problems in such situations anyway. potheads don't beat up random people for kicks the way alcohol intoxicated ppl do).