Whilst Mr. Phelps is in the hotseat for being pictured with a bong we can assume that whatever was in the Olympians bong was not for medicinal purposes and was purely recreational. How should the law treat those willing to take drugs for pleasure? should it carry the same weight as those for medicinal use or should they differ? Should there be a law at all? maybe certain recreational drugs, just like alcohol, should be legal or at least decriminalised if they are not already in your state/country. Or perhaps as they serve no purpose other than pleasure whilst also having to some extent displayed the damage on individuals and society the penalty for such drugs should be harder. How do we determine the level of penalty that should accompany each drug for example how does Cannabis compare to Ecstasy? Further Notes; This is specificaly about drugs for recreational use. When we refer to drugs like cannabis it is in reference to getting high and not for its pain alleviating properties. By brief definition: Legal = permissable in that it breaks no laws. Restricted = laws define clearly the what and the where.(ie. in your own home is okay) Lax/tolerate = laws are present but largely ignored. Decriminalised = it is illegal but not a crime per se (like not wearing your seat belt) Prohibition = by law it is completly illegal.