A Moral Defense of Recreational Drug Use by Rob Lovering

By Rob Lovering

Why does American legislations permit the leisure use of a few medicines, reminiscent of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, yet now not others, akin to marijuana, cocaine, and heroin? the reply lies no longer easily within the damage using those medicinal drugs could reason, yet within the perceived morality--or lack thereof--of their leisure use. regardless of powerful rhetoric from ethical critics of leisure drug use, notwithstanding, it's unusually tricky to figure the explanations they've got for deeming the leisure use of (some) medications morally flawed. during this e-book, Rob Lovering lays out and dissects a variety of arguments for the immorality of utilizing marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and different medications recreationally. He contends that, almost always, those arguments don't prevail. Lovering's e-book represents one of many first works to systematically current, research, and critique arguments for the ethical wrongness of leisure drug use. Given this, in addition to the recognition of the morality-based safeguard of the U.S.' drug legislation, this publication is a vital and well timed contribution to the controversy at the leisure use of drugs.

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And your self-respect! ”72 The implicit claim here, of course, is that one should not snort heroin. But which sense of “should” is at work—the prudential or the moral? If the prudential sense is at work, then the implicit claim is that one should not snort heroin given one’s desires, interests, purposes, or needs. But if this is all the message amounts to, then the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, in the form of the young woman, doth protest too much. For if all that is at work is the prudential sense of “should,” one could reply (correctly, I might add, and to be addressed later) that, statistically speaking, INTRODUCTION 25 the probability of reaching such a level of loss through the recreational use of heroin—one involving the loss of one’s family and friends and money and future and so on—is rather low.

Of MDMA in rodents is not necessarily the best person to educate the public about that drug’s effects on people. In their experiments, the animal is given as much as ten times the amount of drug that a human would take. So it wouldn’t be surprising that MDMA, given in these large doses, can cause damage to brain cells. 14 Hart makes similar comments about members of law enforcement and members of the media. Regarding the former, he states that police officers “don’t receive training in pharmacology .

And though I occasionally do just that—that is, determine which harms of recreational drug use are systemic and which are not—I do not do so nearly enough, as such is beyond the scope of this work. Instead, I ask simply that this distinction be kept in mind while considering the following harm-based arguments. In sum, there are three difficulties with harm-based arguments against recreational drug use: their claim that recreational drug use is harmful is ambiguous, they often involve limited or distorted information, and some of the harm implicated in such arguments is systemic in nature.

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