Ayn Rand Answers, by Robert Mayhew: on Drugs


All restrictions on drugs should be removed

I do not approve of any government controls over consumption, so all restrictions on drugs should be removed (except, of course, on the sale to minors). The government has no right to tell an adult what to do with his own health and life. That places a much greater moral responsibility on the individual; but adults should be free to kill themselves in any way they want. I would fight for your legal right to use marijuana; I would fight you to the death that you morally should not do it, because it destroys the mind. What the government should do is protect citizens from the criminal consequences of those who take drugs. But drugs would be much cheaper if it weren't for government.
Source: "Ayn Rand Answers," by Robert Mayhew, p. 14 Nov 1, 2005

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