There are activities that are illegal because they harm others - punching your wife falls into that category. Then, there are activities that harm no one and that are illegal simply because ignorant lawmakers pander to an equally ignorant vocal minority - psychoactive drugs found in nature like 'schrooms and marijuana fall into that category. Not remotely the same thing.
In the context I stated they are the same thing. Period. They are illegal activities under the law. You can disagree with said law, but if you do not abide by it there will be consequences.
Now the consequences are more harsh for certain activities than others.
So, while I agree that beating your wife is a more horrible act of breaking the law, that does not mean that it is ok to break another one.
When you get busted for smoking dope or taking peyote, just tell the cop, "atleast I wasn't beating my wife!" See where that gets you.
Obeying the law solely because its the law is standing on very shaky "ethical" territory. Surely you must acknowledge that there have been and continue to be grossly unjust laws.
No, no no. If you break the law, you have engaged in criminal activity. You might believe that you have ethically done nothing wrong. But you will still suffer the consequences of your actions. If you cannot abide by the rules of your residence, you are free to leave and live somewhere with a more fair set of laws.
We as citizens cannot decide which laws to follow and which ones not to.If we do we are choosing to possibly suffer the consequences as spelled out by said laws.
I hear Amsterdam is nice this time of year. Their laws are more in line with some of the thinking here. But good luck finding the same job opportunities there.