The issue of the legality of drugs is one of those things that I find amazing there’s actually a political debate about it. As usual, both the left and the right are wrong on this issue, and today I’ll examine this from a small government, personal freedom standpoint.
The right wing’s opinion on this, speaking generally (and yes, I know there are always exceptions) is that any and all drugs not prescribed by a doctor are pure evil and must never be used. All drugs must be illegal and the government must crack down on anyone using them, selling them, or bringing them into the country. This is even if it costs hundreds of billions of dollars (which is does), involves insane laws that violate the property rights and privacy rights of innocent citizens (which is does), creates a titanic degree of violent crime (which it does), and even creates wars in other countries (which it does).