Pros & Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

Pros for Legalizing Marijuana:

  1. Prohibition must be weighed against the loss of personal freedom. Countries have a responsibility to respect individual free will and the right of self-determination.
  2. The immorality of marijuana use can only be based on one set of moral beliefs. By taking a “moral” stand against recreational drugs, or fighting the evils caused by the illegal drug trade they increase their popularity amongst constituents.
  3. The War on Drugs serves the immediate interests of politicians. By taking a “moral” stand against recreational drugs, or fighting the evils caused by the illegal drug trade they increase their popularity amongst constituents.
  4. Legal prohibition does not stop consumers from consuming drugs, it does not stop trafficers from producing and selling it. The price of the final product increases to abnormally high values because of the black market status, which together with the powerful effects of drug addiction causes users to commit crimes in order to fund their addiction.
  5. Critics of the War on Drugs advocate the partial or complete decriminalization of illegal drugs, combined with a system of regulation, as happens with alcohol and prescription drugs. By providing legal supplies of currently illegal drugs the price will fall, leading to a collapse in the illegal drug industry, and a reduction in crimes committed by both drug suppliers and users. They also argue that the reduction in the price will lead to little, if any, growth in drug addiction, due to the inelasticity of demand. Some even state that in a strictly regulated market, drug use may fall overall, by removing the marketing activities of the illegal drug industry.
  6. It is not worthwhile for a law to forbid people from willingly exposing their own bodies to harm by using drugs, any more than by overeating or bungee-jumping. Obesity is a national epidemic, killing millions every year, but the government has no right to regulate how much citizens eat.
  7. Drug users exercise free will when they chose to use drugs; a person has the right to give up his or her own freedom. A Government does not have the right to dictate them. No drug eliminates free will. It is possible to quit using any drug. Many banned drugs are significantly less deleterious to free will than legal alcohol or tobacco. Severe physiological addiction has been demonstrated for tobacco (stronger than cocaine), but no strong physiological addiction has been shown for marijuana.
  8. Illegal Drug dealers will sell to anyone, including children. Merchants who legally sell alcohol and tobacco are not allowed to sell to children. Many high school students report that it is easier to obtain illegal drugs than alcohol and tobacco.


Cons for Legalizing Marijuana:

  1. A State cannot be involved with the distribution of substances considered immoral by relevant lots of the population. A substance considered unhealthy cannot be produced and distributed with the help of the state, because the goal of the state is to protect citizens’ health and not to expose them to risk.
  2. The easy availability of drugs would create new consumers rather than rescuing current ones.
  3. Drugs are addictive. They rob the user of free will. A drug user cannot make an informed and rational decision to continue using drugs because the use of the drug eliminates that user’s ability to think logically. Nor can they disseminate themselves from drug taking.
  4. Drug use is dangerous to persons besides the user. In the rise of health care costs, violence associated with the use of drugs, neglect of children by drug-addicted parents, and other third party effects.
  5. The use of soft drugs, such as marijuana, leads to the use of hard drugs (the Gateway Theory).
  6. Legalizing drugs will send a message to children that drug use is acceptable.

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186 Responses to Pros & Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

  1. DMan says:

    i love weed

  2. bibi says:

    Like Colorado if it was taxed at 25% or more there is huge amounts of money that can then be put into the economy to help the people out, plus to miss Amanda its not like making them illegal will do any good marijuana is currently illegal and still used, alcohol had its prohibition and that didnt stop people from using it either. Yes some violence has been done involving marijuana but that is the same with sober sane people. We as human beings will do things if its legal or not the only difference is if it is legal we can start to help people get better instead of punishing them, we can increase the economic value and start more jobs along with making more activities for the youth to try and prevent drug use by building places for kids to hangout and giving them things to do that will entertain them. I can understand your views as it does have some drawbacks but in a society where there is no good choice you would do well to choose the lesser of two evils.

  3. Amanda says:

    Marijuana Vs Alcohol is the worst argument you could make. Let me make my point here. If there were two poisonous fruits.. One legal and one not. Your argument stands as “Well, this poisonous fruit is legal why not make this less poisonous one legal as well? ” .. When from a rational point of view both should be illegal.
    My second point is to the “Weed is good for your health” argument. Marijuana has it’s medical benefits, mainly in those with cancer. Health benefits is an argument also made by alcohol. In example: A daily glass of wine is good for the heart. However, the issue is we do not consume responsibly. Over use of marijuana, which has addicting components, will only add to this nations obesity crisis.
    My last point is to the “Alcohol kills people, Marijuana doesn’t” argument. The fact is, yes alcohol can kill people. It’s claimed many lives. However, that’s do to irresponsible consumption. If people are not going to be responsible with alcohol what makes you think they’ll be responsible smoking? There has been car accidents due to marijuana use.. There has been violence over marijuana. Sure it calms some people, but some people get irrationally paranoid. These things claim lives.
    Stop comparing two poisons.

    • brant e cargile says:

      legalize it in all 50 states turn the ungodliness of the things that acompany the black market 18 to smoke a cigerette 21 to burn a joint let the oficeship of influience take a stance from whithin as a long ongoing war has been at stance against our youth heritages and soil solely on the black market of marajuana

  4. Gavin says:

    Interesting opinion. However we all see things differently. So if you would be so kind as to keep your negative thoughts to yourself??? Thank you. -.-

  5. Dr.BeanDip says:

    America would make a lot of money if they taxed it like alcohol.

  6. taco says:

    the only thing that marijuana is a gateway to is the fridge

    • taco says:

      and also I think that in order to vote on whether or not it should be legal you should have to try it. how can you condemn something you have never experienced for yourself,
      there are many cases of people living normal lives and smoking dope. only the extreme cases are highlighted where people neglect their kids. the cases where people smoke it at night to help with insomnia, in the place of sleeping pills that made them drive into the neighbors house while they were asleep.
      the fact that the marijuana plant is only mildly psychologically addictive and you can easily stop at any time. if we did legalize it health care costs would rise minimal for the non user and more for the smoker themselves. you don’t hear about people getting high and going out and going and burning down someone’s house.
      I think that marijuana education is key. don’t lie to the kids and tell them that they will get high and shoot their friend because ” they’re high and feel like I can do anything” tell them why she should wait until their brain is fully developed to ensure that their brains develop properly. and if you lie to the kids, it results in judgmental assholes.

    • obama says:

      lol right

  7. Dustin says:

    And all the potheads converge………”oh it’s so safe, by making it legal, it will make people less lazy than we already are in our society, less dependent on public assistance, and it will somehow magically create jobs” ………. that was sarcastic by the way in case some of you are too high to comprehend.

    • Doshan says:

      @Dustin: Actually the legalization of marijuana would create jobs almost immediately. Also, the crime rate would take a nose dive in neighborhoods where marijuana is the main and most lucrative drug on the street. Studies show that even soda has worse side effects than marijuana and if you’re to naive to notice, nicotine is one of the most powerful and addictive drugs, but as soon as you turn 18 you can buy a pack of cigarettes in almost any store. So before you start pointing fingers, sounding uneducated, and not doing the research on a topic you clearly know absolutely nothing about do every pothead a favor and smoke a dutch and tell me how great you feel. That is all dumbass.

    • Ashlee says:

      Marijuana isn’t technically a drug it is only stated as a drug because it alters your brain ( and the goverment cant make money off of it) which alchochol does as well, ( and we all know drinking is far more damaging) BLAH BLAH BLAH – lol something stated in every arguement (and its true)I used marijuana recreationally a few years back and I can speak for myself and others when I say when you are under the influence of marijuana your not out doing stupid stuff like drinking and driving, and stuff of that nature. From the sounds of it you aren’t a smoker which is ok I understand I choose to stop smoking myself but I just thought Id let you know from my prespectuve that marijuana calms people down, helps cancer patients, helps people with eating disorders- and it is natural it is not something that has toxic chemicals in it , it wont damage your liver or give you cancer it came from the eart
      and yes it will open up jobs the goverment will need people to help distruibute and pack ect ect also you should you tube sometime the benifits that legalizing marijuana has had for colorado there school system has had millions contibuted to it as well as programs for drug prevention.
      I am sure from adult to adult u have had an adlt beverage before it is honestly no different form pot if you think about it in certain ways so I don’t think it is just to pick on stoners when you dont know all of the information
      hope i didnt piss you off or anything i am sincerly just stating my thoughts on the matter take it or leave it u can ebate with me of youd like just dont be a jerk ( seems like alot of internet debates have alot of angry people in them and i am not one of thoose people.)

  8. nigguh please says:

    some of you people are way opinion based and need to do a little reserch

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