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Why are there laws for victimless 'crimes'

There are three major arguments which are often brought up to justify it when societies decide to punish people for victimless crimes: The values of the society in general are considered the victim ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

Much of politics doesn't fit into the traditional left-right one-dimensional political spectrum. Politics is multi-dimensional. Marijuana legalisation (and the legalisation/regulation of other drugs) ...
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Why didn't Democrats legalize marijuana federally when they controlled Congress?

It would have required a filibuster proof majority in the U.S. Senate (i.e. 60 votes) in addition to a House majority since it was not a fiscal bill or a Presidential nomination to ratify. They also ...
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Why did Putin call Ukrainian officials “drug addicts”?

drug addiction is not heinous or shameful. [...] Is there any cultural context which I am missing? Well, in Russia, which has had a massive heroin problem (fueled by cheap supplies from Afghanistan), ...
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Have any governments attempted to provide dosing guidelines for illegal drugs?

Offering generic advice of the form up to xxx mg are generally a safe dosage is very hard to give for illegal drugs because one doesn't know the exact quantities of the various ingredients. It is also ...
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Why did Putin call Ukrainian officials “drug addicts”?

There is an article in the Russian press way before the conflict began, explaining why people suspect Zelensky to be a cocaine user. It seems to imply that scandalous Domestic Affairs official ...
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Why did Putin call Ukrainian officials “drug addicts”?

Zelensky was accused of being a druggie by Poroshenko (the previous president) as part of the election campaign. Ukranian sources: Не зря ходили слухи? Порошенко посоветовал Зеленскому заканчивать с ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

When asking this question about parties, and why they oppose legalization, there are two potential aspects to "why": reasons for the policy as an end in itself, and reasons for the policy as a means ...
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Why are passengers inspected so thoroughly for drugs when most drugs enter through ports and the majority of shipping containers aren't controlled?

Passengers are not routinely screened for drugs Normal passenger screening is to detect explosives and weapons, not drugs. That said, if you have two slabs of cocaine in your carry on, the x-ray ...
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Why did the US prohibit alcohol (instead of some other substance) during Prohibition

Prohibition did not come about because people were seeking to ban anything and decided to select alcohol. Rather, prohibition was the culmination of a temperance movement that had developed in the US ...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

Economics is hard The number of factors that can impact supply and demand, and therefore pricing, is essentially incalculable and indeterminable. Certainly if anyone can determine and compute them ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

I hate to say this, but incarceration is profitable, and at least in America the political class is plainly for sale: The largest private prison corporations, Core Civic and GEO Group, collectively ...
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Why did it take so long for the U.S. government to give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies?

Because it had to get congressional approval and members of congress opposed it. As of now they only have approval under law to select 10 drugs to negotiate payment for. House Republicans rip prospect ...
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Why did the US prohibit alcohol (instead of some other substance) during Prohibition

Alcohol was banned by Congress through Amendment 18 in 1917 because of Protestant protest groups and grassroot campaigns from several Woman's Rights Movement organizations. The Wikipedia article sums ...
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Why was the prohibition of intoxicating liquor enacted through a constitutional amendment?

Our cousin site, History.SE had an answer by @Athanasius covering this in-depth. I won't copy/paste the whole answer, but the executive summary is that Constitutional amendment had the following 3 ...
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Why didn't Canada leave the UN conventions on illicit drugs before legalizing marijuana?

Probably because Uruguay didn't do it either and apparently without consequences: While Canada appears set to violate these international agreements, the [International Narcotics Control] board has ...
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What's the position of Donald Trump regarding recreational use of marijuana?

The Marijuana Policy Project says: He supports legal access to medical marijuana, and he believes states should be able to set their own marijuana policies with regard to adult use. The "he" in ...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

It is conventional wisdom that the criminalisation of the supply of recreational psychoactive drugs causes an increase in the cost to supply and therefore to the user... However other studies have ...
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Have any governments attempted to provide dosing guidelines for illegal drugs?

Portugal would be one example, since drugs in Portugal were decriminalized a few years back. This means drug users there are treated as patients, not criminals and people are actually educated about ...
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Is there any evidence that Filipino president Duterte's war on drugs has been successful?

As indicated by comments, it is very hard to evaluate the effectiveness of the fight against war on drugs. The official data is presented on Wikipedia, but they are challenged by other sources: ...
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How to know if increases in self-reported marijuana usage are real?

This is a good question, and you should look at the methodology of the specific survey you have in mind (which hopefully should be detailed in their report) to find out how they address that and ...
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Why did it take so long for the U.S. government to give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies?

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 as enacted by Congress contains a non-interference clause (items in square brackets are mine; the rest are verbatim from the ...
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Why was the prohibition of intoxicating liquor enacted through a constitutional amendment?

In the early 1900s, many American Protestants strongly supported Prohibition, but in order to outlaw alcohol (or anything), the only option Congress had was to wait for the States to amend the ...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

In addition to what has already been stated, in some areas decriminalization has coincided with lower prices and higher quality. For example, I live in Arizona where recreational cannabis was ...
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What is the libertarian solution to the antibiotic resistance caused by massive use of antibiotics in agriculture?

So, what do libertarians think about that problem? Most libertarians hold nuanced views and don't see the world as entirely black-and-white, just like moderate members of most other ideological ...
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Why is Medicare/Medicaid prohibited from bargaining for price in US?

Medicaid is not prohibited from negotiating drug prices. Medicare technically is, but does so in a roundabout way. More specifically, Medicaid (a government-provided program for low-income ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

From the 2016 (US) Republican Platform, page 40: Combatting Drug Abuse The progress made over the last three decades against drug abuse is eroding, whether for cultural reasons or for lack ...
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Why did Putin call Ukrainian officials “drug addicts”?

Putin calls Ukrainian officials "drug addicts" because being a drug addict carries a social stigma both in Russia and in Ukraine. It is yet another attempt to portray Ukraine in a negative ...
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Why are passengers inspected so thoroughly for drugs when most drugs enter through ports and the majority of shipping containers aren't controlled?

Why are passengers inspected so thoroughly for drugs when most drugs enter through ports and the majority of shipping containers aren't controlled? This question is a bit like asking "why are ...
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Why does the US government not enforce federal laws against Colorado's legalization of marijuana?

You should note the following big differences when it comes to medical or recreational marijuana. They are legal under the state law. The amount for its sales or prescription is controlled and ...
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