What was most surprising to me was that, when she ended by asking me what possible solution I would suggest to drug-related problems, I shocked her.
“License drugs,” I said.
She, a woman half my age, responded with a horrified (and non-scripted) “What? All of them?!”
“Yes,” I said, “especially the hard ones.”
Then I pointed out that almost all of her questions had had nothing at all to do with the effects of drugs themselves, but with the illegal activities of drug users and dealers, and that the only negative effects I had experienced had been the result of drunk people trying to pick a fight with me on their way from being kicked out of places serving booze, and that most of the drugs we had been talking about did not promote aggression in those who consumed them.
I should add that I don’t believe that the licensing of drugs would “solve our drugs problems”. I just think that its a possible solution to the worst of them.
Plus, of course, whatever I put into my body is none of the state's business. By all means, tax them to pay for the inevitable externalities but, like Alcohol Prohibition, it is the illegality of drugs that does the most harm.