Not lecturing, per se, just pointing out that political policies take on a life of their own, irrespective of the intentions of the culture that gave birth to a given policy. As one example, while I agree that self-medicating is a patently bad idea, I now find myself in stark opposition to even the existence of drug laws. And what the police have become as a result of the WoD is worse than the drugs themselves. Between the WoD and the "War on Terror," your 4th amendment rights have all but evaporated. Ending the WoD will have precisely the same effect on drug violence as the repeal of Volstead had on the alcohol wars that raged during Prohibition. It is not a coincidence that violence over alcohol ceased almost overnight when Volstead was repealed. I'm all for putting violent drug dealers out of business, and the way to get there is via the immutable laws of economics, of supply and demand and competition. I'm also for not spending a single milray of the public treasury in assisting those who find themselves in a bad way because of drugs. When irresponsible people are made to pay for their own folly, most of them will start learning how to be responsible. Under the current model, drug lords have obtained wealth beyond the reckoning of Vanderbilt, Getty, Rockefeller, Morgan, and Carnegie. They have their own private armies and have even bought [Diesel-electric hybrid] submarines. Imagine what would happen to their fortunes if marijuana prices were to fall low enough that a marijuana cigarette cost a nickel, or the price of cocaine went from its current ~$20,000/kilo to maybe $100/kilo. There is always a good answer to be found in free market economics. But it is not our place to tell the irresponsible people "we're doing this to you (sticking them in jail) for your own good." The majority certainly has the power to say that, but does it have the right? I am all for the strict enforcement of laws which fall under the general heading of mala en se (anything which can be broadly understood as theft or assault or fraud), and am all for repealing all laws which fall under the general heading of mala prohibita. Most readers here would be interested to note that gun control laws fall under the latter, and not the former. If we wish to speculate on potential harm, free men abusing their right to keep and bear arms has a far greater potential of harming people than drugs. Keeping things in perspective, few are harmed by either. And if we can trust the judgment of men with respect to arms, why can we also not trust their judgment when it comes to drugs (and a boat-load of other things - I cite drugs because it is an example to which we can all easily relate). FWIW, you'd have to search high and low to find someone more in the Jefferson/Madison camp than I am.