I’ve posted on this subject before but the topic has usually been embedded within a post about something else or within comments so I thought I put it here for easier reference. What always bugs me about the subject is that people are so unwilling to define their terms.
Let me do some defining. I think you can divide the subject into several different categories. I have no problem with legalizing the sale or use of marijuana. I think that legalizing the sale or use of all Schedule I drugs would be imprudent although I’m willing to listen to arguments over decriminalizing the use of Schedule I drugs. I think that making everything—not just “recreational drugs” but antibiotics, anti-depressants, antivirals, you name it—would be foolish.
I also think that many of the benefits touted by advocates of broad legalization would only be realized in the extreme case of all Schedule I drugs being completely legalized and unregulated or taxed. Cigarettes are legal but there’s a thriving black market because they’re regulated and taxed.