Europe is completley different from the US, what works there does not necissarily work here.
Not really; people are people no matter where you go. Human nature does not change.
Legalizing drugs would put the street dealer out of business by making the afore-mentioned drugs easily available in coffee shops, speciality and liquor stores, and corner markets around the country; instead of every street corner, intersection, and High School in the country. The price to manufacture the product would go down, but if we attached some nice big taxes to the product the street price could stay relatively unchanged. Smart folks wouldn't start; and normal folks would try to quit, the taxes on the products could go toward treatment centers, health care, and 12 step programs like taxes on cigarettes and beer already do.
For several years of my life I watched my father slowly destroy himself with one particular drug. When he used this drug he got mean, and paranoid. Once while under the influence he had to be restrained by my mom and his friends before he picked a fight with a police officer who was outside. When he used more of this drug his speech became slurred, and he would sometimes do crazy things like urinate on the street in public. The drug would make him forget the things that he did. When he was clean he knew in his mind that the drug would destroy him by rotting his internal organs and his brain, but he was hooked. The drug? Alcohol.
He was lucky; in our society this is behavior that is tolerated, and when he came to the point that he was going to lose his family and his job, he got help. He's been clean and sober going on 8 years now. He doesn't want to see a return of prohibition, and neither do I. It doesn't help anything.
There are already laws against disorderly conduct, public intoxication, theft, murder, driving under the influence of mind altering substances, disturbing the peace, indecent exposure, and any nasty thing you can say that illegal drugs cause. Making more laws restricting the drugs is just redundant and unneccessary.
Finally; the reason I think more politicians aren't against drug laws is because the powerful people make a killing in the drug trade. Prices are sky high. The current fight on drugs profits the highest people on the chain immensely, so they make a few contributions to politicians campaigns to keep the status quo. Beyond that the biggest players in this game won't be caught. Why? Because they have the authorities paid off; They have the best lawyers and judges on their client list; and if they were ever indicted they have all the dirty work done by others, so they can claim ignorance. Most of them have legitimate businesses to launder their money; popular restaurants; apartment complexes; real estate. They're the influential people in your
Sorry, guys, the war on drugs is a farce. In Amsterdam you can go into a coffee shop and buy marijuana as easy as buying a french roast. It's not a big deal because they don't make it a big deal.
BTW Caffeine is a drug too