Rape: I've known people falsely accused of rape, even though they'd done nothing wrong and were acquitted the stigma stayed with them, the old "no smoke without fire" mentality. Just think what it'd have been like had they been convicted and executed. Murder: self defence isn't murder but in many countries the laws on self defence are so complex that a tiny mistake can be the difference between self defence resulting in accidental death and murder. Especially if you're in a commonwealth country where your first duty is to retreat if attacked. Back to drugs, I find your attitude toward the little old lady supplementing her income scenario to be naïve and ignorant. I don't know about Oz but I have friends in the US and UK whose pensions don't cover their basic living expenses. Please explain how they're "over spending their pensions" as you put it. So you feel selling drugs is piss-poor? What about alcohol? That's a drug or is it ok in your view because its legal? Any idea how many lives are ruined by booze every day? "Feed peoples' addiction to a harmful substance that can ruin their life" well alcohol is a harmful addictive substance... In fact research I've done suggests alcohol to be one of the most damaging substances you can take (not including fatal poisons of course) drugs don't ruin lives, people can ruin their lives by taking too many in an irresponsible manner just the same as they can ruin their lives by drinking too much, gambling too often with not enough capital... There are many many things people can do to destroy their lives, drugs are just a whipping boy. On top of that I've never known anyone to take a drug they didn't want to take. Think about that when you consider alcohol is advertised in many different media.