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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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158 Responses to Pros & Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

  1. anonomous says:

    While i agree that it could be very bad for teens, i have to argue that not everyone has the same guidelines for morals, a moral is merely an individuals opinion upon a topic, therefore everyone’s morals could be different, it could be immoral to you, but maybe not to them.

  2. that's not my name says:

    Marijuana IS a gateway drug. In saying that, it does not mean that whoever smokes marijuana will do hardcore drugs, but those who got in over their heads started with marijuana; because they started with marijuana, it can be classified as a gateway drug.

  3. John says:

    Wow I love this so legalizing weed shows kids that it is acceptable? So a drug that slows the growth rate of tumors, and hs many other great health effects, and has NEVER killed ANYONE shouldn’t be acceptable in a world where half a million people in the US die from alcohol and tobacco usage a year? So kids are aloud to think that tobacco and alcohol are appropriate but oh no a natural non PHYSICALLY addictive herb cannot be legal! (You can have an addiction but it is a physiological addiction not caused by addictive compounds (like nicotine in tobacco)) it should be legal this is bullshit.

  4. GJ says:

    GJ None-Smoker That Who Has No Problem With Marijuana But Strongly Disagrees With Person Above Me (and why did you capitalize every word?)

  5. Anoymous says:

    You people are stupid marijuana IS A DRUG! why do you keep insisting on it? oh medicinal purposes? No there are other alternatives. Once this becomes legal OUR FUTURE WILL BE RUINED KIDS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FOCUS ON SCHOOL SINCE THIS WILL BE SO EASILY ACCESSIBLE. People who want marijuana have no moral ethics. hmph and im a teenager i know what legalzing this drug would do for teens

  6. None-Smoker That Who Has No Problem With Marijuana says:

    Please STOP referring to Marijuana as a drug.. IT IS NOT A DRUG… it is Natural… It is a herb that can be used for recreational purposes or medical reasons…NOT A DRUG!!!!

    • None-Smoker That Who Has No Problem With Marijuana But Strongly Disagrees With Person Above Me (and why did you capitalize every word?) says:

      A quick google search defines a drug as “a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body”.
      Marijuana is definitely a drug.

  7. cai webb says:

    this is such bullshit. sure marijuana COULD be a gateway drug but that is just a theory. and the legalization wont create new customers because everyone is already doing it illegally. the availability is already ridiculous, i can ask anyone and they will give me a dealer. kids already think drug use is acceptable due to the amount shown on tv, etc so why would it make a difference if it is legal or not? no matter if it does become legalized everywhere or not, its still going to be produced and sold at a regular rate. the only major difference of legalized marijuana is that taxpayers would actually pay less, because not so many people will be put in jail and arrested for the use and possession. marijuana legalization would actually generate revenue and is predicted to cash in millions of dollars annually in states like Colorado

    • Derpy says:

      actually in multiple studies it is proven to be the number one gateway drug. many people would start with weed then move on to bigger drugs, most drug addicts start with weed, not the others.

  8. Smoking Jack says:

    Just because it is legal doesn’t mean it becomes safer, Its just that the income from selling you weed now goes to the government rather than a drug lord. dealer. Read between lines, when you are sober.

  9. dude says:

    smoke weed every day

  10. I think that we are thinking about everyone else. I am thinking about the cost of housing those arrested for possession. I am thinking anout the billions spent trying to stop trafficking and sell of drugs and the billions spent on a war that we are not winning. The money saved could fund many other things, such as education which needs all the funding it can get. Legalizing drugs such as marajuana will bring more resources the same as many state lotteries. Crime going up anyway cause jobs are becoming less!

  11. People Couldn't Be Blinder!! says:

    Some of you guys are fools! Smoking is smoking no matter what! the effects are the same: Harm to your body

  12. Benjermin Franklin says:

    I came back alive to tell you all that marijuana isn’t a bad substance I prefer this to everyone that is living I used this to make hemp paper and I smoked pounds of it.

  13. wyatt long says:

    True i agree with you Deven martin its such bull shit that they say all those things but im pretty sure legalization is in our future

  14. deven martin says:

    i call bullshit on the first 3 right off the top of my head. is this article trying to say that (1) cannabis cannot be regulated by the state because it is harmful??but yet alcohol and tobacco can be regulated and profitable even though it causes more deaths and injuries and illnesses and diseases than one can imagine. (2) rescuing current users? this article makes cannabis sound like crack.hell no. (3) drugs are addictive huh?what about all the alcoholics out there?? is the state government not legalizing alcohol?i didnt think so….people need to research the facts seriously.

  15. Barack Obama says:

    Im a serious pot head so I could care less mannnnnnnn all i gotta say is Michelle told me to say EAT MORE VEGGIES when you get hunger

    • FactChecker says:

      Yeah… we all believe that the PRESIDENT is a pothead and never was caught IN THE WHITE HOUSE, smoking. #sarcasm

  16. Michelle Obama says:

    EAT MORE VEGGIES WHEN YOU GET HUNGRY!!!!

  17. James R. Ferrell lll says:

    I am a “Child-of-the-Sixties” (which probably has not much to do with this) and having been a musician (Rock’ n Roll and Jazz) I’ve been around much of this. For many years people have been using ‘recreational’ chemicals to alter their consciousness (for whatever reason) be it methanol alcohol, marijuana …whatever it-may-be; we are each responsible for our own well-being. Prohibition arose in the early twentieth century and now the government is profiting from the sale of the same. I’m not encouraging such a legislation, but it seems as though they (the government and politicians) are missing out on a ‘profitable-situation’…My God, they’ve got us everywhere else! Pot does induce damage but for that matter, what doesn’t to some degree or another.

  18. markpeter says:

    What’s the “gateway” to alcohol , milk?

  19. And I though I was stupid! says:

    Wow, I was for the legalization of cannabis, but I have read the comments above and this has changed my mind! I do not want to upset any of you, but you are quite ignorant and or, unintelligent! Its sad how pathetic the USA education system is! The comments above prove this to be true! The best thing you all could do is to not comment or speak to anyone about your ideas! Please I want it to be legal, but your not helping! Sincerely, And I thought I was stupid!!!!!

  20. Scott says:

    I think making legal is the right thing to do. Tax it, regulate it, grow it. smoke it and then treat it.
    I smoked for 32 years. Started at 15 years old. I haven’t smoked for 9 years. The reason I stopped has a lot to do with man made laws. I’ve never been in trouble legally for it, but the stigma that followed me because I did smoke was the negative affect. I have been working for 30 years and earned my AA in 2008 and will earn my BA in 2015. I expect to be smoking again when I retire at 55. When I’m free from stigma. Peace…

  21. bob says:

    the cons are extremely opinion based and have little to no proof behind them.

  22. Stephanie says:

    What are the statics showing the affect of marijuana vs alcohol. It seems to me that there is more abuse with alcohol. From what I have seen, someone using marijuana is more mellow and get the munchies. Someone using alcohol can become abusive and it definitely affects their judgment. There have been more accidents, fata accidents, domestic abuse, criminal actions with the use of alcohol than there is with marijuana. All I’ve ever heard of with marijuana is someone getting arrested for using the stuff. From what I have witnessed, people high on marijuana just want to lay around and eat. Most don’t even want to get in a care and drive. Also, from what I have seen on TV, if the plant is bred to have more CBD than THC it is beneficial for many medical uses. Can anyone tell me the beneficial affect of alcohol? I have met many people who have used marijuana and even more that have used alcohol, and two of those people who used alcohol are now in jail for driving drunk and killing families on the road. I haven’t heard, even on the news, anyone using marijuana driving and killing someone.

  23. Homey says:

    and another thing while i’m at it(taking a few totes). marijuana is not addicting. well i didnt do a study but i can have a joint for a week and feel sweet. a six pack and a quart of southern comfort lasted 1 night and i had a hard time functioning. next day i started all over again. with weed i smoke it when i need to relax and chill, its better than taking some of the damn drugs the doctors pass out that get ya hooked i suppose. well maybe that is a survey… who cares lol hagd e1

  24. Homey says:

    yeah like Danaman812 said above^^^^^^ why dont we put it to vote? oh yeah i forgot we the people dont get to vote except on who is going to mess up the country more??? or less…guess it doesnt matter if ya cant vote outright on anything that has to do with the people. im still going to puff one in awhile wheter it is legal or not…..who cares. what they gonna do arrest the pot smokers, overfill the jails and let the molestors out, or the murderers. oh wait, maybe waste more of our money and just build more jails. have 10 jails in each state just for pot smokers. WOW…thats a good idea….lmao NOT

  25. Homey says:

    i can smoke 6 blunts and drive the right way, many will probably agree. if i drink a 6 pack or have 6 shots of southern comfort i promise someone is screwed besides me. i have never got addicted to weed but i was a drunk for quite a few years. i do’t drink anymore but i still puff once in awhile. why don’t congress, the senate, and mr. obama sit back and take a tote and chill. this is a free country???? could have fooled me, tell the drunks that drive in the bar that. geeezzzzzzzz when will weed be legal???????????

  26. Kandace says:

    I say VOTE for legalization. It helps with so many people out there who have health problems and also helps prevent others. & its a clean high. you ARE able to make rational descions when under the influence. I go to work stoned & I was employee of the month :) <3 Mary Jane

  27. Danaman812 says:

    I believe that we should all have a vote in the matter. I have smoked it on and off for years now and it is not as addictive as the non users say it is. My memory is still in tact and it is safer than alcohol. If it were legal, I would probably quit drinking and be able to lose some weight. Thus, being more healthy. It should be my choice though as an adult. I could debate this topic all day but, I will keep this brief. I believe that more good than bad would come from legalizing and if the government could have figured out a way to tax it, it would have been legal years ago.

  28. Indianlady says:

    Sorry, that is to be Legalizing pot would make no difference if it stays illegal and we all know it. NO I DO NOT SMOKE ANYTHING.

  29. Indianlady says:

    Come on guys. The majority of you, who left a message, want pot legal. Some say you smoke everyday, that is good for the lungs. Some say it does not effect your brain, check the spelling on most of you. Some say alcohol almost killed you, but pot did not. Like everything else in this world, too much of anything can and will kill you. The most disturbing is: legalize pot and the country’s debt will be paid off, OH PLEASE EXPLAIN???? If it is legalized, people will be growing it in their backyards, basements and fields. It can grow just about anywhere, no one is going to go to the store to buy it, DUH!!! Then if you are caught with it, no big deal, it is legal. So how is this to help with the economy???? Medically, there is NO PROOF it has cured anything, the only thing it has done is ease the pain for those who are dying. Which brings another good point, someone dying of lung cancer, here smoke this, put some more smoke in those lungs. Legalizing pot would make no difference if it stays legal and we all know it.

  30. Chris says:

    Weed is NOT a gateway drug.Weed cures cancer,If weed were legal crime rate around the US would drop 20-30 percent over the next year.

    1.Nobody has ever overdosed on weed.It is impossible.
    2.High figures of society smoke it,A want to make it legal.
    3.Crime rate would drop.
    4.Productivity at the work place would increase.
    5.It is not a gateway drug.
    6.Cures cancer,Cures glaucoma,arthritis,vision,endometriosis.
    7.Puts you in a great mood.
    8.More and More hospitals use it for patients,ding ding ding.
    9.There are more pros then cons on weed.
    11.Booze and tobacco are legal and they are PROVEN they do way more harm to your body then weed.How many people die from getting drunk and smoking,If they are gonna have weed illegal have booze and tobacco illegal to.
    10.READ THE FACTS!

  31. Rachael says:

    To all the uninformed idiots that think they know what they are talking about but obviously dont need to get off this website and go hate on someone else. Your not going to change anyones mind sorry, your wasting your time. Its already legal in so many states you didnt winand arent going to sorry we are going to and you need to just accept it. Call us what you want we DONT care, you know absolutely nothing obviously go talk about something you do know somewhere else.

  32. Sapphire says:

    For the millionth time I have told everyone this: Legalize pot, sell it like cigarettes. If cigarettes are lost (no one wants them anymore) then the tobacco companies can learn to grow MJ. Criminalize alcohol – period! Kills your liver and kidneys, makes you feel like crap afterwards etc. Alcohol KILLS, Cigarettes KILL, MJ doesn’t do anything but make you relax. Never heard of an MJ OD. If there was one, I would need proof. I have smoked MJ from 17 – 28 yo. Stopped when I got preg. When I turned 60 yo , I picked it up again. I did without it for 32 years. Yes, I smoked once in a blue moon at a party or two but those were few and far between – remember, I had a kid to go home to and take care of with NO ONE to help me. So, no, it is not physically addicting – mentally maybe. MJ has given me relief from my allergies and when I was younger, I was never sick with colds or flu. I am now 61 and feeling better than ever cuz I have been smoking for a year again. My daughter hates it (thinks it’s cigs – doesn’t know any better) so I go out in the street in the Spring – fall and go into my stairwell in the Winter (for some strange reason, the smoke gets pulled OUT the window and there is no telltale odor). Well, I will leave you all and wish you all good luck, good smoking and good times. LMJ! LegalizeMaryJane! MaryJane is easier for most ppl to spell and most ppl know who she is.

  33. Shanemahmaine says:

    directed to Cher & EVERYONE,

    Maybe your boyfriend neglected you because you weren’t right for each other. And to EVERYONE, before posting your opinion on this debate do as much research as possible. I don’t understand how people can possibly debate things without looking at the subject from hundreds of different of point of views. Don’t just see your own singular point of view as the truth. You must look at both sides of the argument in order to disprove the ridiculous misconceptions towards weed. We have to understand why these people have this irrational fear, understand what they must have been preached to get these ridiculous attitudes towards a natural SAFE substance. If you can understand why it is still illegal then I feel you can go on to post a valid argument. These posts were 15 year old kids are saying, “weed makes me feel good. legalize it” or the posts where nearly half of the words are spelled wrong only give productive, intelligent stoners a bad image. That is why i support a world-wide MEDICAL! legalization of weed so that it doesn’t get in the hands of wrong people. Weed isn’t for everyone. If you can’t have self control over your own choices, move on to harder drugs or disregard the people around you then you shouldn’t be smoking. I’ll reword the “weed isn’t for everyone” phrase as weed isn’t for ignorant, ZERO self control kind of people.

  34. Mikel says:

    Re CON #1 The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the single largest purchaser of wine and liquor in the U.S., if not the world. It is also the only legal source of these items within the Commonwealth through its network of thousands of “State
    Stores”

  35. Citizenwithabrain says:

    I am 53 years old… been smoking pot since I was 14. I can STILL carry on an intelligent conversation with anyone interested. Regarding my work ethics; I’ve been a real estate agent, stockbroker, technical writer of government proposals, US Census worker, USDA employee and have enjoyed a few other interesting careers – that have all been rather successful. I’ve been to college(s). I am the owner of a successful corporation at present. i.e. I’m engaged in society and a productive citizen. I’ve never once taken any type of governmental handout, even when raising a child as a single parent on a very strict budget. My point is that if you have a strong opinion about something and can back it up with actual facts then let’s hear it, otherwise, until you have actually LIVED and experienced something, your comments are speculation and, at best, moot. If ever there was a case study of the long-term effects of THC – I am that subject. Even with my longevity, the interest in a modest relaxation effort of smoking weed has not lead to a stronger drug use or addiction. I’ve stopped smoking for long periods of time without physical or psychological recourse. It is MY body and what I do is between God and myself. I see that some of the more judgmental personalities are the quickest to spew their ignorance about something they know nothing of. I say let the person who is without ‘sin’ throw the first stone.

  36. Harrisinfinity says:

    Marijuana helps me… I have Endometriosis, and I get better relief from a natural substance… then I would from a chemically processed DRUG like Demerol… which is what they try to prescribe to me. I sleep for DAYS from taking (1) pill, and I am groggy and not able to function once I do wake up. I will continue to use marijauna for my comfort… legal or not.

  37. horse whisperer says:

    Ok lets look at it this way. It has been studied and consensus says that pot is not addictive but we hear about it all the time. “look at all the people addicted to pot.” Those people are addicted to it because they want to be not because of the pot at all. You could say that we need to illegalize (sp) some tv shows because I personally have heard people say ‘I am addicted to that show”. As far as responsible people, I know business owners that smoke everyday and they are the owners of a very well respected business in a major metro area. There is always going to be disagreement on this subject but we should be reasonable about it. Lets look at the two states that has made it legal and see if there is a rise of crime are anything along those lines. I believe that it would relieve the pressure on jail and prison overcrowding as well bring in revenue for the government. And at this point of time anything that could help our debt crisis in the country would be a welcome relief to ALL the taxpayers, even if you don’t smoke it.

  38. Katie says:

    People that smoke pot aren’t just putting themselves in danger. To be honest, I couldn’t care less about these people because they choose to put themselves at risk but everyone knows you don’t make good decisions when you are high. They should try thinking of someone else for once in their lives.

  39. Samantha says:

    Hi Everyone!
    I’m an every day smoker, I don’t HAVE to smoke it all the time but I have a very stressful job and it’s such a good relaxation method. I’m currently in school full time and work 40 hours a week, I wouldn’t say that smoking it hinders my abilities to act like a normal functioning person. I also live with my boyfriend and he is also a smoker, we don’t fight, and enjoy smoking. It would probably be one of this countries wisest decisions made, since we can’t do much else right.
    Being that weed is a calming drug that is naturally grown, I don’t see what the government sees as being so bad about it. If it was taxed it could stimulate the economy and help us get out of debt, the jails would be less crowded, and our tax dollars can be used for what they really should be used for, the war, oil, debt, cleaning up rough cities and towns. If pot was legal, I feel like the whole country would be much more relaxed, we can focus on real issues and save room in jail for the real scum bags who deserve to be there. Should an 18 year old kid be put in prison because he got caught with some green along with the big 45 year old pedophile who was caught after everything he’s done, if the government doesn’t legalize it completely, they should at least decriminalize it.
    Someone also brought up that weed could be compared to cigarettes, now, I smoke both, and the poison in cigarettes are dangerous and sometimes lethal where as no one has ever heard of someone overdosing on weed or getting lung cancer from smoking a little ganga, let’s live in a greener and much more peaceful world. :)

  40. Cher says:

    Weed seems to have a good effect to the people that are doing it. What about the people around them that can’t smoke it or use it at all?

    When my boyfriend, chose to smoke weed over me I knew that there was a problem.
    Not only I felt left out and forgotten, I also felt used and foolish.

    Sometimes I feel like if he only had $30 left to feed himself….would he choose the food or the weed. I’m convinced that 90% chance he’ll buy the weed instead.

    Weed also cause short term memory loss. I already have to repeat myself to my bf, if he continues to do weed, will his remember anything?

    One day I saw him smoke a bunt, and he told me that I didn’t talk to him the whole day. The truth was every time I said something he would just turn away.

    Although, he don’t smoke it everyday, he smokes weed almost every weekend.

    I, who was once so important to him, now only seems as if he would rather live with the weed.

    We are not together anymore because, I get a really bad shake tantrum and cant deal with the stress. I still get shaky every time I think about weed.

    • cai webb says:

      youre just biased cause your boyfriend is an asshole in general the weed doesnt cause memory loss hes just ignoring you hon

  41. Shutup pot heads says:

    According to the law smoking marijuana is illegal so the people who argue and say marijuana should be legal are in fact felons. Last time I checked your mom told you to stay away from the wrong crowd (felons would be included too dumbass). And for those who say it’s just the Government trying to get only profit, have no logic; if the government wanted to make marijuana legal, they could and make a majority of profit from it as well (setting up government distribution clients and receive profit). The reason they choose not to is they feel it is best for the citizens to avoid using a product that may harm themselves and others…. They tried to this for alcohol but it failed and they are currently succeeding with making marijuana illegal.

    • Shannan says:

      Aloha Shutup pot heads. Illegal doesn’t make a felony. Stealing a five cent candy is illegal but not a felony. Also Marijuana is considered a non criminal offense in my state Hawaii. That didn’t make me want to smoke it and I do not. As we learned from the prohibition of alcohol, it doesn’t work. Prohibition is only good for the criminals. At least legalization would provide regulation. But most important is that your ignorant rants just show you’re lack of ability to form rationale thoughts. Maybe you should smoke a little bit of weed. And think about what you say before you say it. No body has the right to legislate morality. God gave all of us free will. To deny someone the right to decide for themselves, is to deny Gods will. Think about that before you go out on a crusade.

  42. Jenny says:

    Marijuana is as harmless as caffeine. It should be legal and it helps to relieve pain made by severe diseases. LLEEGGAALLIIZZEE MMAARRIIJJUUAANNAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. DDRC says:

    If you want a better answer to what’s wrong with marijuana, ask the people in rehab centers across the country trying to kick the habit. Roughly 17% of all people in rehab centers are trying to quit smoking it. It’s definitely one of the most benign in comparison to other substances, but when it’s used to excess, is still quite damaging.

  44. Roxanne Castonguay says:

    Wow, I guess my last comments rang a little too true since they were not published. Aunty roof is allowed to be rude and call me ignorant and uninformed, yet I am not allowed to point out that this hostile and defensive attitude is exactly what you come up against when you try to have a civil debate with a drug abuser.

  45. Aunty Roof says:

    Psychodude and Roxanne. What a pair of completely ignorant commentators you are. Obviously uninformed.
    I am a college lecturer educated to degree level. I smoke a lot of weed. So does my partner (also educated to degree level), and one of my kids (also educated to degree level), but not the other (still at school, but a straight A student nonetheless). They have both made cogent and informed decisions.
    The arguments that you make above are incredibly boring and have long been disproved, particularly in the eyes of our young people (I teach them, I should know). By arguing from a base of ingnorance you lose credibility and so, unfortunately, your view is instantly dismissed by those who know better.
    Psychodude – A gateway drug, really? I think if you did the research you would find that most drug users had booze before weed. Is that a gateway drug. In fact, I bet most drug users had milk before weed. Is that a gateway drug? Where’s the science?
    Roxanne – Living hell, really? We’re a very happy family with an open and inquisitive outlook. It might also be worth mentioning that about 80% of our wide and eclectic social circle are regular pot smokers. Most of them are highly educated (a lot more than me) and they are all fully functioning, happy, effusive people. You two obviously mix with the wrong crowd.
    There are issues surrounding the question of addiction and psychological problems. But these are in the minority and need to be addressed by good education and accessible information. The ‘Just Say No’ approach has been proven to be a non-starter since God was a boy. Young people are much brighter than you two give them credit for.

  46. Roxanne Castonguay says:

    Anything can be justified if you’re willing to disregard the question of right or wrong, and harmful or not. Legalizing marijuana will only reinforce the message to young people that weed is harmless, and that we as a society do not care about them.
    People who are against legalization care about the devastating effects of marijuana use both in the individual, and on society as a whole. People who are for legalization either want the freedom to do what they want, even if it destroys lives, or they somehow will profit from it. I have seen first hand that marijuana IS addictivie; it causes users to become apathetic, lazy and selfish; it shuts down the emotional development of teens; it leads to academic difficulties; it destroys family bonds; it impairs judgement and leads to devastating emotional, physical, and financial consequences for individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. I have witnessed this numerous times in my own family, and in other families who have suffered the hell of loving someone who only cares about getting high.
    Do we really want to live in a world where this behavior, and the substance that causes it, is accepted? We need to wise up about what this drug is doing to us, and begin educating parents and kids with the truth about how it harms people. Proponents of legalization DO NOT care about other people, they simply want to indulge in their own selfish desires, or make a profit from people who are vulnerable.

    • laura says:

      Yes- I knew there was a very reasonable comment on here. You took the words right out of my mouth. I agree with you 100%. This is all about money and greed.

    • Seth says:

      “it causes users to become apathetic, lazy and selfish; it shuts down the emotional development of teens; it leads to academic difficulties; it destroys family bonds; it impairs judgement and leads to devastating emotional, physical, and financial consequences for individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole.” Sure some of those things can happen but tobacco, alcohol, and even video games for that matter can do the same exact thing and they aren’t illegal. There are plenty reasons why cannabis is just as helpful. Legalizing it could reduce crime rate, stimulate the economy, and it can be used as medical benefits as well. It can act as a pain reliever as well as stimulate hunger for chemotherapy patients.

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