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Drug Laws Should Recreational Drug use  be illegal?
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The Argument From Rights 1. Individuals “own” their body, and have a  right to decide what happens to it and how it  is used (within certain limits). 2. Drug use is a legitimate exercise of this  right. 3. Therefore, individuals have a right to use  drugs. 4. If  S  has a right to  A , then it would be unjust  for the government to outlaw  A -ing or to 
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Harm  to Users 1. Drug use is very harmful to users. 2. The government should prohibit people from  doing things that harm themselves. 3. Therefore, the government should prohibit  drug use. 2*.  The government should prohibit people from  doing things that are very harmful to  themselves.
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Harm to Everyone? 1. Easy access to, and widespread use of, drugs like  heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, etc. would  likely seriously affect people’s wellbeing and their 
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Unformatted text preview: ability to be productive members of society. 2. If X is likely to seriously affect peoples wellbeing and their ability to be productive members of society, then the government should (or at least is permitted to) prohibit X. 3. Hence, the government should (or at least is permitted to) prohibit easy access to, and widespread use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and the like. ANTI-PATERNALISM The Anti-paternalism Principle : the state shouldnt prevent a knowledgeable adult from voluntarily engaging in an activity simply on the grounds that it poses a risk of harm to himself. Acceptable Paternalism: The person doesnt engage in the activity voluntarily. The person is ignorant of the potential risks involved in engaging in the activity....
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