Obviously One_raven this is a subject that you are very passionate about. I do understand why as I have lost a brother to the ravages of drug addiction [ he is no longer alive due to suicide] I have also had to care for the son of a friend [for 3 years] who is also an addict since 14 yo. and who still is unable to work or maintain relationships because of his addiction even now. [ he is 28 yo now] Certainly legalisation would possibly have saved my brothers life. However by being legal there woudl be less pressure for this friends son to deal with his life of misery as he would find feeding his habit not only cheaper but actual justified in our laws. "It is now legal to be an addict and destroy you future" sort of reasoning. Thus our society leaders have indirectly, some would even argue "directly", become responsible for supporting someones self destruction by condoning it's use by legalising it. Of course there is valid arguement for legalisation but the one factor that keeps it from being so is the speed in which addiction can manifest itself with these drugs. For example weed is not as quick as herion or cocaine when it comes to addiction but weed is slightly quicker in addiction than Liquor. Even tobacco which is legal is probably more addictive than weed, however weed has certain psychotopic effects that outway it's benefit as to being legal. [ in some places it is legal ] If you can argue that drugs that rapidly addict a person should be legal compared to the slower drugs such as Liquor I might agree with you.