@Hasan Prishtina: Nonetheless, this seems to be a trend. Countries (and in Australia, states) with more lax drug laws normally see a short spike in use and problems, followed by a significant and sustained decrease. I'm unaware of anti drug measures ever actually working, and to bring out the big guns... alcohol. One of the most damaging, addictive and dangerous recreational drugs around, easily worse than cannabis or MDMA, and readily available. You may recall banning it was not a successful enterprise, and yet most people refuse to acknowledge that doing the exact same thing with other drugs may not be the best approach.
Fuck this actually, I'm going to go watch the Penn & Teller's Bullshit War on Drugs episode right now.
Also, nice analogy, Fischster. IV drug use, like sex with any consenting adult, is not that risky if simple precautions are taken. Street heroin from a dealer is probably a lot riskier than antibiotics from a doctor*, but again, anonymous sex with a stranger is a lot riskier than monogamous sex with your spouse. Unless you're suggesting we outlaw the life-saving procedures doctors perform too, it would only be consistent for you to support same- sex marriage, and yet you do not. It's almost as if every single argument you spout is borne of desperation...
*I've only taken the latter of these, but it was an intravenous syringe, and I remarkably didn't get HIV.