3 Absurd Reasons for Banning Drugs

Did you know the war on drugs is founded on racist principles? Prof. Stephen Davies shows the historical thought process behind banning drugs. One of the main reasons drugs were banned initially is because people were concerned drug use would lead to interracial relationships. Can you imagine someone making that argument today? Yet it was a principle reason for some of the laws banning drugs that we still have. Other reasons for banning drugs included fear of conspiracies and the misguided notion that the government somehow has a right to the productivity of its citizens. All three of these reasons are truly absurd, but all three were historically used as arguments that contributed to the war on drugs. If these are the arguments on which the drug war is founded, can we be sure it’s a war worth fighting for?



  1. Anonymous

    End the war!

  2. khaas1

    So much crazy.

  3. Anonymous

    Test comment. 

  4. jjustinwilson

    War on drugs is a huge tax spender!

  5. Andrei-Claudiu Roibu

    We should have the freedom to make choices, even if those choices are the wrong ones. It’s the same as when you tell your child: "Don’t to that, or that or the other one !" and he will keep doing those things, just for the thrill of it and to see why you prohibited him to do so in the first place. After that, if he hurts himself, he will stop doing them. 

  6. russellherbst

    gotta love prof. stephen davies, funny man – good at history. deadly combo

  7. Ryan Boyd

    The saddest part is how "legislative morality" is expanding constantly, if slowly. It is not the right of the government to change the people but the right of the people to change the government.

  8. AnCapDalek

    It’s your body, your soul, do with it as you please!!!

  9. Karissa Lusardi-Williams

    If all the illegal drugs become legal- then they may be regulated (like is done with cigarettes and booze). This will decriminalize some of the ‘criminals’. I love this video and the sad truth/humor it’s used for this argument.

  10. minaobe

    What if we founded an official religion based on exploring consciousness, and needed marijuana for it. Then claimed religious freedom? And marijuana is so mild, as long as its not misused (which alcohol is everyday) is not a threat to society in any way.

  11. gab912

    this is like one of my students’ motto in life. It’s just sad though that his younger brothers are following in his footsteps (smoking weed, cutting classes -which im okay if they’re doing some sort of individual studies/learning, but they’re not, & just drinking booze). This is a very nice code to live by but it shouldn’t serve as an excuse ("I’ve done everything I could" "Let him feel the consequences of his actions" etc.) for parents/teachers to just sit in the sidelines and not do anything…

  12. beckyythomas

    I agree with his ideas.

  13. taschrant

    People who are in prison for non-violent drug use must be set free.

  14. Anderson Chaves

    Good to think about.

  15. Jeremy Harding

    What should they do?

  16. Jeremy Harding

    Or being parents. Drug law advocates almost universally retreat to "what about the children" arguments, and suggest that parents who won’t "do" anything should have their kids removed by CPS.

  17. Jeremy Harding

    It takes your analogy here to its logical conclusion, and literally has the State assuming the role of parent, and forcing kids away from their families, because they want to put a thing in their body; failing that, just giving them a parent figure in the warden of the local correctional facility, or worse, an inmate. Drug laws are bad for adults, but when they’re also this bad for youth, you have to ask, "what about the children?"

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  19. rlspann89

    Though I can’t say I disagree, I’m not sure there are many points made that will do anything to sway someone who has experienced addiction in any way.

  20. Hunter Markson

    The drug war still promotes racism today.  Blacks are incarcerated at a much higher rate than whites

  21. diamond_max

    I think natural herbal drugs should be legalized because there are some people who do actually get better from it. I think we just have to keep it more natural and unharmed.

  22. Jake Olson

    That is absurd. There are many plants (ex. poisonous mushrooms, Strychnos nux-vomica) that are extremely dangerous or deadly if ingested On the other hand many synthetic compounds are very safe to ingest. The source of the compounds you are ingesting don’t matter. Only which compounds you are ingesting matter.

  23. Jake Olson

    You are confusing correlation and causation. No drug causes anyone to undertake any action. Regardless there is a stronger correlation between violence and alcohol. If there is any law against a particular drug, then there will be violence used to enforce it. 

  24. bosthegreat

    I can’t honestly say that I can come up with any good reason for banning drugs. From my perspective it costs more for me to pay to police, prosecute and lock up drug offenders than it would to have them high on the street.

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