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In a strict sense, I never said that they shouldn't. I am critiquing the position that criminalization drives use down. It doesn't. So when a public policy position does not accomplish its stated goals, it should either be reversed or perhaps we should explore what the covert goals really were. On a more practical note, I do think there is a legitimate public interest in taking some care regarding the use of drugs by children and adolescents whose brains are still developing and who aren't always prepared to make the best decisions for themselves. There is a reason why we don't grant full legal autonomy until 18 years of age. That's really a topic for another day. Here I'm just saying that the war on drugs has been ineffective on at least this aspect of its goals.
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