Where to draw the line between legal and illegal drugs? Should we draw such a line in the first place?
I decided to present this question to the TED community after seeing one of the latest episodes of the Daily Show in which Jon Stewart compares the "illegality" of a large cup of soda and a large bag of weed.
My question is this - where should we as a community draw the line between legality and illegality? What should we consider that negative for ourselves that we decide to ban it? Are there certain drugs that due to their cultural or traditional value cannot be banned such as alcohol, wine of coffee? Would bans on certain drugs even work out?
Or are the questions above perhaps useless since we should not draw such a line in the first place in the spirit of libertarianism? Are people truly capable of deciding for themselves what is good and what is not or do they need the state to decide this for them in certain cases?
I am well aware of the fact that from culture to culture and depending on each individual's personal experience the answers will differ. This is why I do not expect to come close to reaching a consensus here, but the dialogue might help to understand other arguments.
These are truly some very complex questions and I am looking forward to your answers!
PS: The term "drugs" is meant to describe any substance that when taken alters the body's normal functions. And by this I'd like to also include unhealthy foods and drinks which do the same over a certain period of time.