The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

The arguments about legalizing medical marijuana rage on and, with such strength of feeling on both sides of the argument, it can be difficult to get a clear perspective. We believe that the only way to see the wood for the trees, or the weed for the smoke, is to be objective.

 

There is overwhelming evidence that cannabis relieves various medical conditions; unpleasant symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, pain and spasm, as well as the side effects of some prescription medicines. It is fact: marijuana is less toxic to the system than many pharmaceuticals.

 

A fact that informs the opinion of much of the medical establishment is the paucity of good quality research on the use of medical marijuana. Doctors are trained to mistrust anything that hasn’t been fully researched but there is a glaring problem here: the cultivation and possession of marijuana is illegal. Legalize marijuana and the research becomes possible.

 

Then we come to the specter of addiction. One oft-quoted study (University of Arkansas 2001) found that withdrawal from marijuana in heavy users gave rise to symptoms similar to those of nicotine withdrawal? But how were the participants in that trial taking their cannabis? If, as is the norm, they were smoking it, then the chances are they were smoking it alongside tobacco. Is it any wonder that symptoms were similar to those of nicotine withdrawal?

 

Users of medical marijuana are rarely heavy users and they can avoid the nicotine syndrome by vaporizing their herb.

 

Many opponents to legalization of medical marijuana believe that to legalize marijuana will erode the drugs-are-dangerous message that we try to instill in our children, leading to widespread use of not only cannabis but truly dangerous drugs such as heroin. Yet there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary: in states where medical marijuana is legal, the figures for teen use of cannabis have either remained stable or have followed a downward trend.

 

Then, there are our human rights: why shouldn’t we legalize marijuana, surely we have the right to make choices for and about ourselves unless there is evidence that our preference will cause harm to others. There is no proof of third-party harm being caused by users of marijuana, yet third-party harm is caused by substances such as tobacco and alcohol, both of which are lawful.

 

Challengers are apt to counter that children are likely to suffer from their parents’ marijuana use. Any suffering caused to a child, whether from excessive drug-use or any other parental activity, comes under the heading of child neglect and, therefore, there is no need for a specific marijuana law to enable prosecution.

 

And, finally, there is the ‘prohibition doesn’t work’ argument. We know from our own history that prohibition may actually worsen the situation; disallowed activities become exciting, something that is allowed every day loses its thrill. When an activity becomes legal, it becomes regulated – alcohol is a legal drug but it is far more difficult for youngsters to obtain than marijuana, which is readily available to most high school students. Didn’t we learn our lesson with alcohol prohibition, which failed miserably and led to gang culture and black market operations? Legalize marijuana, regulate it and provide good quality, freely available education as to its use.

The knock-on effect of black market activity and the punishment of marijuana users is expense: it costs an immense amount of money to seek out and punish those who break the marijuana law. Legalizing marijuana would not only save thousands of dollars, it would also create another income stream for the government in terms of taxes.

It’s not rocket science, is it?

We’ll leave you with some thoughts from Abraham Lincoln:

“Prohibition…goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”

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71 Responses to The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

  1. Mock Sticky says:

    Just wanted the pros and cons of marijuana. All of these I have found and gave credit to who earned it.

    Pros of legalizing marijuana.

    1. A possible alternate for opiates-Marijuana can help with chronic pain therefore we could do away with the additive drugs
    2. A potential decrease in fatal car accidents-An interesting positive study out of both Colorado and Washington looked at the driving habits of people who consumed legal marijuana. In both states, studies showed that there was a decrease in highway fatalities (while also showing an increase in the number of drivers who tested positive for marijuana).
    https://goldwaterlawfirm.com/2016/12/01/pros-cons-legalizing-marijuana/
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    3. Treats Glaucoma-Glaucoma is an eye disease that increases the pressure in the eyes and could lead to loss of vision. Marijuana has been proven to take away the pressure and can slow the progression of glaucoma.
    4. Control epileptic seizures-A study in 2003 showed that marijuana could be quite helpful in preventing epileptic seizures. This is do to the way the THC binds itself to the brain cells that regulate relaxation and control excitability.
    5. Decrease in anxiety-Research has shown that smoking marijuana may improve your mood. Medical marijuana users say they find it beneficial when they feel anxious. Marijuana can relieve pain, decrease anxiety, and even suppress nausea. Marijuana is often used to deal with the after effects of chemotherapy. It can also work as a sedative, but if taken in to large of quantities it could have the opposite effect.
    6. Maintain figure-Marijuana users are normally skinnier compared to average people and their metabolism is also healthier. Pot smokers take better to sugars, so they don’t gain as much fat.
    8. Increase in creativity-Have you ever seen a pot smoker who tries new things that non-smokers do not even think of? Even though you cannot count it as a health benefit, it should be taken as a positive mental effect that spurs creativity in the brain and helps you find new ideas. That usually happens because marijuana triggers the release of dopamine and lessens inhibitions, which in turn give your brain the ability to think differently.
    9. Eliminate nightmares- It’s not that the pot will get rid of nightmares but it will affect the later stage of REM sleep. Which means you won’t reach the stage of sleep where nightmares occur. This could a blessing for someone who suffers nightmares associated with PTSD.
    http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Pros-and-Cons-of-Weed.html
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    10. Boost in Revenue-As governments struggle with decreased revenue and rising costs, they look for creative ways to boost income to fund projects, such as new parks and road repairs. Now, some people believe that the legalization of weed could be revenue generator in the form of new taxes applied to its sale and distribution.
    11. More Effective Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement- Legalization advocates claim that the move will provide police officers more money and time to go after criminals committing other crimes, such as violence. They even argue that it would create wiggle room in the criminal justice system, which allows judges and prosecutors to focus more on violent crimes, while crowded prisons are freed of space.
    12. Less Money to Support Organized Crime-It is believed that legalizing recreational weed will cut off a revenue stream for illegal drug traders. Advocates contend that making the substance less profitable for criminals will result to a decrease in violence associated with the trade. This would save lives while taking the weight off from law enforcers.
    13. Personal Freedom-By limiting the use of marijuana, we are intruding on personal freedom. Even if the drug is shown to have harmful effects, it is still the right of every individual to decide what harms him or not. Smoking weed is generally considered as a “victimless crime”, where only the user is at risk of experiencing the effects. However, morality could not be legislated when people disagree about what is considered “moral”.
    14. Reduced street justice related to drug disputes-Currently, you cannot call the police or any lawyer to litigate if someone in the drug trade rips you off. Instead, you must settle the dispute yourself, which often leads to a cycle of retaliatory violence. But with legalization, proper means to settle disputes would be created.
    15. Loss of Business for Drug Dealers-It is quite ironic, but perhaps the worst opponents of weed legalization are drug dealers themselves. Due to the absence of competition and high street prices, they are making enormous sums of money. But through legalization, there will be open competition and lower prices, so drug cartels, which might include terrorists, would lose some or even all of their business.
    http://nyln.org/19-primary-pros-and-cons-of-legalizing-weed
    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————–16. 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.
    17. Legal prohibition does not stop consumers from consuming drugs-It does not stop traffickers 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.
    18. 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.
    19. 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.
    20.It is not worthwhile for a law to forbid people- If someone wants to willingly expose their own body 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.
    http://legalizationofmarijuana.com/pros-and-cons-of-marijuana.html

    Cons of legalizing marijuana.

    1. Stunting brain growth-Since the normal age in states where it is legal is 18-21 to buy marijuana and the brain doesn’t stop fully growing until age 25 people worry that it will affect the youth of the country.
    2. Potential breathing problems-When smoked the users inhales smoke which the smoke carries a tar on it, this is a common mistake of most users but you’re only supposed to hold in the smoke for 3 seconds. After 3 seconds it’s only causing tar build up, the THC reaches the brain almost instantly with some strains, others are creepers.
    https://goldwaterlawfirm.com/2016/12/01/pros-cons-legalizing-marijuana/
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    3. Short term effects-If you smoke pot then you’ll feel short term effects for about an hour. Some of the most common effects are dry mouth, red eyes, psychosis, fatigue, dizziness and increased heart rate
    4. Make you anxious or paranoid-Studies show that marijuana can affect a specific region of the brain that is responsible for fear.It is common for people to feel paranoid and anxious after smoking weed. Some people even get panic attacks and have spouts of anxiety after using cannabis.
    5. May cause depression-Depression is more common in pot smokers. But it’s not clear whether pot smokers smoke because they are depressed or they become depressed after smoking weed.
    6. Affects memory-Several studies suggest that pot smoking may affect your cognitive function in a negative way. The effect on short-term memory is quite noticeable, but marijuana affects long-term memory as well. Besides, some studies suggest that marijuana use decreases IQ level. More evidence is needed to confirm this though.
    7. Irritate Your Respiratory System-While there are many different ways to take marijuana, smoking is one of the most common, which may end up irritating the airways. Besides, cannabis smoking may lead to some respiratory problems, like increased phlegm and persistent cough.
    8. Get Addicted-Quite like other recreational drugs, pot smoking can lead to addiction. About 9% of marijuana users end up becoming addicted to the drug.
    9. Excessive use-Excessive use can sometimes cause serious health problems such as low blood pressure, liver disease or diabetes.
    http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Pros-and-Cons-of-Weed.html
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    10. Marijuana has physical and psychological effects-The effects begin within a few minutes after smoking and can last a few hours. The high can affect a user physically in a number of ways, as in an increased heart rate, dry mouth, bloodshot or glazed eyes and an increase in appetite (“munchies”).
    http://www.leafscience.com/2016/02/17/facts-marijuana/
    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————–11. Contaminant-Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division was supposed to be doing tests, which they’ve yet to do any. They were to test for things such as mold, or for potency. Since Washington ordered mandatory lab testing, more than 13% of flower and cannabis products have failed contaminant testing, yielding some serious questions about Colorado’s untested products.

    12. Colorado faces lawsuits-The neighboring states Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing the state Colorado because under the premise that their border law enforcement officials have been overwhelmed by cannabis possession arrests, causing a strain on their justice system.
    13. There are Limited Places for Legal Consumption-A rising issue with legalization is that recreational consumers, tourists in particular, have no place to legally consume the product they’re acquiring because it’s only legal to consume in a private residence. So far Colorado officials have issued 668 public cannabis consumption citations, a 471% increase compared to the same time last year. Perhaps more cannabis-friendly accommodations could be a solution?
    https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/one-year-later-the-positives-and-negatives-of-colorados-legal-rec
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    14. The state can’t produce-The state can’t be involved in growing marijuana cause they can’t produce a substance that would hurt the population.
    15. The easier access has brought in more consumers-The state did not legalize marijuana for more to take participation in the practice of consuming it. But really what’d they think would happen.
    16. 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.
    17. 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.
    18. Legalizing drugs will send a message to children that drug use is acceptable- Such as the way children looked at their parents smoking cigarettes, they were influenced to the understanding that it was okay, which this is not okay. If you choose to consume marijuana, alcohol, meth, cigarettes, any substance that could have a negative effect on the user then you shouldn’t do so in the presence of impressionable children. Children will look at ther adults around them using the substance and come to the understanding that it’s okay for them as well.

    Myths Of Marijuana.

    12. All stoners look alike-Chances are if you do a little research on your favorite celeb you’ll find out that they either openly state they smoke or they went through a stage where they previously participated in smoking. Three of our presidents have openly admitted they’ve smoked pot or that they actually do, including George Washington, JFK, and Barack Obama. There is one story about JFK getting “ripped” in the middle of multiple national security crises involving Cuba and the Soviet Union. George Washington owned his own acre pot farm. It is not known for sure if was for recreational smoking or not, most likely he a little because it was brought up to have it in place of tobacco, but it has many other uses which is what he farmed it for.
    13. Pot smokers lack motivation-A popular refrain among weed opponents these days is something along the lines of, “Everyone knows that marijuana makes you lazy, do we really want to encourage that?” Studies have not been able to separate out cannabis-induced laziness from general. About 5-6% of the population seems to have identifiable difficulties with motivation, but research has not successfully tied this to marijuana use. So yes, there are lazy potheads out there, but there are also lazy people and ambitious potheads.

    14. Marijuana is worse than cigarettes-It has been said that smoking marijuana is as bad if not worse than cigarettes. I’ve done the research and there is effects, obviously, everything has effects. There is a tar build up the longer you hold in the smoke, after three seconds you should exhale. The THC has reached the brain. Most think you should hold it in until you can’t. Smoking pot does cause long term lung damage. Everyone smoking should acknowledge that fact, no matter how minor.
    15. Marijuana makes teens troublemakers-I’ll be the first to acknowledge that it will blur your judgment and that’s where you have to be responsible enough to say no to stupid decisions or put the pot down. No matter what it is in your life though you should never let anything interfere with your life, especially not something as a drug. If you can’t put down the weed then you’re just not a very strong minded person. I’ve had to put down pot many times so that it wouldn’t take affect on my life.
    16. Marijuana leads to crimes-This is when you need to be responsible when smoking or at least make sure you’re in good hands when smoking. I use to do dumb things when smoking so I changed my company and the problems left along with them.
    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/12-biggest-myths-about-marijuana-debunked
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    The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are written on hemp paper-This has not been proven either way as of my knowledge and I have done the research. It’s said that it was definitely hemp paper, but it’s also been guaranteed that it’s parchment. We won’t be able to figure out for sure until they do test on these documents. But the documents are to valuable and cherished to run any tests on.
    http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2012/11/busting-some-myths-about-the-founding-fathers-and-marijuana/
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  2. DeathToButtersauce says:

    Marijuana gets legalized in some states. But personally this drug should be for medical use and that only. Not for your own foolish games. I’ve had to walk by areas that was reeking with the stench of marijuana. And it was so overwhelming and unpleasant that it made me light headed and it felt like I was choking. No, I am not being over dramatic. This is just my opinion like I said.

    America is the land of the free, and home of the brave.

    So proud! Druggies, rapists, thieves, etc. This is surely what the US is made of, and with liars, cheaters, bullies, racists, stealers (you name it) as the faces of the USA.

  3. Aaron says:

    Legalization is on ballot in maine this November and my excitement over it has been crushed. Years of awaiting just a chance to vote now i may vote no. Reason being how they want to regulate. Apparently limited #s of large grow licenses given out and cost in 6figures just to put in an application. Leaving this industry to million amd billionaires to monopolize, profit, and control all of what’s grown. They arent professional growers seeking only to profit off inexperienced grows. and expect price to dop low $100oz so competition will be driven out state into black market. Expect even bigger tobacco industry to buy out these initial millionaire investors and further ruin the plant or industry. Already in maine its cheaper and easier to surrender your card to a dispensary/caregiver and pay them each month to grow plants for you and supply you with bud around $100oz month than it is to run a grow room yourself. Maine voters carefully consider this when voting in November

  4. bob says:

    don’t panic its organic

  5. At says:

    OKAY, I don’t understand why we cant just have Medicinal Marijuana and not make it legal for Recreational Use. I don’t want pot to be legalized but I cant argue with the fact that it helps people with severe illnesses, but legalizing it for Recreational use is just Stupid. I’ve seen people who got high off of Marijuana, lots of them, and let me tell you, you do not want people like that operating and walking around all the time. That is what will happen if its legalized for Recreational use. Keep it in the Medicine category and don’t spread it around like free candy.

    • Ivan says:

      Think of this for a second marijuana helps with more than just medical problems. It is a proven fact that the use of marijuana increases memory. It has no bad side effects. There has been studies on 15 year old teens and how much they smoked. When they where 35 they got tested and they had an IQ of the same or higher than those who didn’t smoke. When your high on only marijuana you still have total control of your body and mind. Unless you get couch lock then you only get up to eat and drink. Do some research you don’t smoke weed so your against it.

  6. rodriguez says:

    What i think is that weed is love weed is life

  7. Ashley says:

    I believe that Marijuana is just fine. compared to alcohol, weed slows down brain cells. drinking kills them. More people die from drunk driving than marijuana. Yes, it can be known as a gateway drug.. it can lead to Cocaine and Molly. but Marijuana is not addicting. the high of it is. It should be legal federally but the government should leave it alone. tax like cigarettes, but do not touch the natural herb.

  8. Shane says:

    For all of you who were wondering the cons of marijuana use:
    Cons of Marijuana Legalization

    Immediate Effects of Marijuana1
    loss of restlessness
    excitement
    hallucinations, paranoia, psychotic episodes
    impaired coordination
    impaired motor ability
    mood swings
    increased appetite
    impaired ability.

    Long Term Effects of Marijuana:1
    the loss of brain cells
    lung cancer
    chronic bronchitis
    energy loss
    slow confused thinking
    apathy
    and blood vessel blockage.
    Use by adolescents can disrupt emotional development, delay puberty, and can delay the monthly cycle in females.
    Marijuana may produce a mild physical dependence that causes minor withdrawal symptoms when discontinued, including nausea, insomnia, irritability, and anxiety.

    Physical effects of marijuana
    diarrhea
    cramps
    weight loss or gain
    impaired sex drive

    Gateway Drug
    Marijuana can be a gateway drug, which means it can lead to the use of many other harmful drugs–Children ages 12-17 are 85 times more likely to use cocaine Marijuana has also been linked with teen violence, suicide, crime, and unsafe sex-HIV transmission.3

    Marijuana V. Tabacco
    A marijuana cigarette(joint) contains 50%-100% more tar than that of tobacco.
    Smoking one joint is equal to smoking 7-10 cigarettes.
    New harvesting methods made marijuana 20x more effective than it was 30 years ago. It can be laced with other drugs and the smoker won’t even know.2 Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may experience the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers have. These individuals may include: daily cough and phlegm, symptoms of chronic bronchitis, and more frequent chest colds. Continuing to use marijuana can lead to abnormal functioning of lung tissue injured or destroyed by marijuana smoke.
    Crime
    Legalization of marijuana would not cut down on all crime, alcohol still causes family disputes, rape, robbery, reckless driving, and murder.

    Effects during Pregnancy
    Research has shown that babies born to women who used marijuana during their pregnancies display altered responses to visual stimuli and increased tremulousness which may indicate problems with neurological development. Marijuana exposed children have also been found to have more behavioral problems and to perform tasks of visual perception, language comprehension, sustained attention, and memory poorly. In school, these children are more likely to exhibit deficits in decision-making skills, memory, and the ability to remain attentive. 5

    • logan says:

      about all of what you are saying has been proven to be false, you are ignorant and you should do your research before you say these things. Please reevaluate yourself and try again.

    • Michael says:

      I smoke almost everyday and none of this stuff happens to me nor any of my friends who smoke so your going to have to do a lot more research bud.

    • Early says:

      wow………I don’t where to start….so many lies, You on Big Pharma’s payroll? Yea we still got crime after legalizing alcohol, BUT ya know what we don’t got? One liquor store owner shooting at the other liquor owner down the street. Legal weed is not going to stop all crime, but at the same time it’s not gong to tie a Cop up for 2 hours arresting and booking into the jail a guy for a joint (not to mention what all happens after that) The DA’s time prosecuting the case, The Courts time, Probation offices time, Cost of jailing, and then………It haunts the person the rest of his life for a mistake at age 18, No student loans, No good job (cause can’t get an Education due to aforementioned) can’t rent a decent apartment, ETC ETC…….But say the guy starts his own business does well, good life gets married, has a family and decides to fullfill a lifelong dream of flying, at age 45, takes all the hours necessary, pass’s all the test’s. Then when filling out the Federal form for his license and theres the question …….”.Ever been convicted of a marijuanna offense?” If yes NO license…..remember all the things you thought and did at 18 But now at adulthood you don’t think and certainly would not do a lot of things……..This bothers me and should bother ALL of us………..all this over a plant

  9. Roxane Weeks says:

    There is no real cons. There is way more pros. Have you ever had a friend or family member with cancer. My mom died of cancer. She weighted 80 lbs. 5’6 @ she couldn’t get medical marijuana in her state. But if she had it she would have not been as sick. I wish no one would have to suffer like that. The medical marijuana would have helped her appetite.

  10. UmLogicPlease says:

    In reference to the comment of user “He’s got you”…That says a lot about your own moral character if you need an imaginary being to stop you from rape or murder. Also, you are ridiculously irrational to even attempt comparing marijuana use to actions (rape, murder) that harm another human being. #hilarious #smh #atheist #goodwithoutgod

  11. UmLogicPlease says:

    That says a lot about your own moral character if you need an imaginary being to stop you from rape or murder. Also, you are ridiculously irrational to even attempt comparing marijuana use to actions (rape, murder) that harm another human being. #hilarious #smh #atheist #goodwithoutgod

  12. He's got you says:

    God’s gonna judge the world…He loves all of us….we all know deep in us we are not created accidentally…He is just…Those who don’t believe and follow Him will have to face the consequences…But those who follow Him will be rewarded with Heaven and the most amazing relationship you will ever or could ever have…Jesus is the answer….With Him you won’t want or need marijuana…#Jesus

    • FactChecker says:

      No one came here for a sermon. I personally came here for a school project.

    • Roxane Weeks says:

      I believe whole heartedly in god. I believe that god made marijuana to help people with disease like cancer. My mom never did marijuana but if she had she wouldn’t have basically starved to death with the most painful cancer multiple myeloma. Did you know that marijuana helps people suffering from disease that have njgdd o appetite. God has given us the puzzle to figure out. My mom was taking the strongest pain medication you could take and she was so high on prescription drugs that she had no appetite. So if she ate prescription marijuana brownies she could actually eat a real meal and not wither away to 80 lbs or less. She was big boned and weighted 80 lbs. CRAZY. God loves us. He gave us all kinds of medication and he would prefer us to live as comfortable as possible until we died. Morphine is way worse than an herb.

    • HanahRose says:

      We are talking about Marijuana, not Jesus.

    • Nathan says:

      Preach brother preach!!!

    • dan says:

      about time someone else stood up and said some thing God is good

      • Ivan says:

        Do you even realize how much the bible has changed? I believe in God but not the bible. the Bible is man made and man changes what they want. God put plants on this earth for man to use as he pleases is a quote from the old bibles. it’s not there now that tells me man changed it.

    • To the good says:

      God created the earth and living things..marijuana is an all natural plant that has been proven to aid in health in many areas.

  13. issabella says:

    hell yeah marijuana should be legalized its awesome!!!! if you have a problem with smoking pot then that is your problem, I smoke pot every chance I get everybody does there’s nothing wrong with smoking some trees every now and then lmfao!!!!!!!!!

  14. jessica says:

    Okay, you’ve just listed a bunch of pros for legalizing it, where are the cons?

    • kevin says:

      the only con is that it has more tar than a cigerette

      • maryjane says:

        no cigarettes are made with tar pot is just a flower of a plant that doesn’t kill you unless u have a heart problem or in withdrawal from harder drugs and plus it doesn’t even kill brain cells it stimulates them and the human body has receptors called cannabinoid receptors which makes that part of the body immune
        to the drug the only real thing that gets effected is your memory if u take to much and if your buzzed and learning about something for example in class or out on the street it will stick with you cause your mind is more active than it was before which allows more information to be gathered

  15. rashard evans says:

    weed is awoesome

  16. neddy says:

    in my opinion marijuana should be legalized , for medical purposes ! what good does beer and alcohol do to your hurting knee pain.? absolutely nothing! yet alcohol and tobacco are legal, and not everyone drinks just cuz it’s legal , so why not legalize marijuana . there are worse prescribed medicine with bad symptoms that can cause like liver damage etc….when cannabis does nothing, but relieve pain , but I agree that people using it legally ,should use it responsibly! plus its great for the government since then can so much tax money……………

  17. dan says:

    i see nothing wrong by making good taxes from the sale of it, legalize it. I think that certain professional people should not use it during their business practice, as well for drinking. doctors, pilots, truckers or any users of firearms. after duty hours if they are not positive when going back on duty. must be regulated like blood alcohol for some trades.

    • Ivan says:

      the only problem with that is THC is stored in the fat cells for about 3 weeks so you smoke every day after work you will have a high THC level.

  18. Jenny says:

    Its funny that you mention these so called marijuana induced health problems as grounds to support prohibition while also recognizing the extreme tax revenue legalization would generate. Do you not know that the FDA approves nasty disease causing additives to go into everything including baby formula? WAKE UP Karen the federal government is not your friend and does not have the American peoples HEALTH in Mind when they are making these laws they only care about that dollar bill.

  19. Zack says:

    If we legalize marijuana it would eliminate the profitability to the crime organizations and increase tax revenues for the states. There would no longer be a need for people to try and smuggle the plant into the US, because you could purchase legally. Which would help free up resources for more important work to do than busting people for weed.

  20. Robin says:

    I’m writing a paper for an argument-based research class on an ethical controversy.. Obviously I decided to argue for the legalization of marijuana.. While this site as a whole does offer useful information, this particular page would sound more credible if you added some statistics or listed sources.. Also, it’s not very objective at all.. Every claim argues for legalization and there are no differing opinions..

    Don’t get me wrong, I agree with everything on this page.. All I’m saying is that a little bit of revision (like the addition of factual evidence) would go a long way toward making this way more effective.

  21. Bob says:

    If you really want to legalize pot the first thing you need to do is find out who are your congressional and state representives. Write a letter to their offices or better yet send
    an E-mail. Tell them why you think marijuana should be legalized. I personally believe
    that our society has much larger problems to be concerned about than criminalizing
    marijuana users. Methamphedimine use is destroying peoples lives all across the country.
    That is one dangerous drug that really scares the hell out of me. I think pot should be made
    legal. Sell it at the liquer stores and tax it. Law enforcement could then use the revenue to go
    after the ones who are dealing in the dangerous drugs.

  22. Melissa says:

    I am laughing at the posts about how it’s a sin. Wake up call, that’s not a legit argument, because not everybody believes in god. Are you going to send me to jail for that? Just because you think it’s a sin doesn’t mean it has to be illegal. Just don’t smoke it, enough said. Nobody is making you smoke, and nobody is bashing you for your beliefs. It’s a matter of choice, if you think drinking alcohol is a sin then you don’t drink it, am I wrong? What’s the difference with pot? If you feel that strongly that it’s a sin, then when it’s legal you still won’t smoke it, right? So why does it matter, it’s the classic “I don’t feel that it’s right so nobody should be able to do it”. Well not everybody feels the same way as you do. And if we all followed something just because a group of people said so that kinda defeats the purpose of the original intent of this country. That’s what was supposed to be the beauty of the U.S. is the diversity of it’s people. Not everybody smokes cigs, or drinks just because it’s legal, and nobody is asking you to smoke weed either. It’s a matter of choice, so if it becomes legal, you will still go to heaven or whatever because you stand your ground on your beliefs. So keep your nose ou t of MY life because I don’t believe in sins or god just right and wrong. MY determination of right and wrong NOT yours. I don’t treat you any differently because you believe in god, yet religous followers continue to judge and bash over and over, gays, pot smokers, other religions then theirs, drinking, you name it. I live in a “free” country where I can belive in whatever I want to, and I don’t hate you because you believe in god so stop trying to control my life becausee it’s not like yours, just embrace the fact that you are an indiividual and you think differently than me. because from my point of view religious people like you seem to be the problem but you don’t see me asking to criminalize religion.

    • He's got you says:

      Melissa…We are not here to judge you…its not our job…But do your beliefs include following the laws of our country? If so I also get the feeling you use marijuana illegally…AGAIN NO JUDGEMENT not my place…But if you think its ok to use substances illegally…wouldn’t it make murder ok if some people “believe” in it? After all, if there is no afterlife, punishment, hell, why dont I just kill and rape, and steal, and do whatever I want? Isnt murder wrong? WHY? Because it is…well no …deflined by your belief, if i believe in it its fine….hmm…just something to think about…#no#judgement#FRIEND

      • FactChecker says:

        “…I also get the feeling you use marijuana illegally…AGAIN NO JUDGEMENT not my place…”

        Complete Bull…. You are judging people based on their opinions and no real evidence. Anyway, even if he does NO ONE CARES!!!! It is his choice and we the people who don’t smoke can just laugh at their choice.

      • Hannah says:

        I don’t think the smoking pot is wrong, and I have never touched the substance. Also, I don’t think that people should do not do things merely because the law or bible tells them not to. I do believe that murder is wrong because it’s harming another person. Using marijuana is not harming anyone else. Same thing with rape. It’s not wrong because the law says so, IT’S WRONG BECAUSE IT’S A COMPLETELY MESSED UP THING TO DO. I don’t know about you, but I think that knowing right from wrong is something that you have to figure out for yourself, and it shouldn’t be something that is crammed into your brain by a book or by laws. Just something to think about.

  23. Michael Scott says:

    The Bible clearly states to not get drunk with wine, although Jesus drinks it. This is because God does not want you controlled by any kind of substance. Only the Holy Spirit is to control you, not drugs or alcohol. That is what the bible says. If you are getting high in any way, it is a sin because there is something other than the Holy Spirit that is controlling you.

    • alex says:

      Jesus did not drink wine. He was a nazerite. Which because of that he could not drink wine. He couldn’t have anything from the vine.

    • DaAwesome1 says:

      Well said brothah!!!!

    • Shane says:

      Your mother can control you to do something that is a sin. You don’t bash her. You are going off reference to a book we paraphrase that was written thousands of years ago. Grow up. Sniff the roses and enjoy life a little. Experience things for yourself. the masses vote for legalization. don’t we have a say? or is it up to all of you who think we are below you because we don’t do “whats right”

  24. scott says:

    i honestly dont know why marijuana isnt legal already. the facts are staring us right in the face. money is to be made in revenue. its not very addictive. it has positive medical effects. it doesnt cause serious long term damage to the smoker and presents little to no third-party risks either. and for those saying that usage rates have increased in states where its been legalized… SO WHAT?! what harm is it causing?! sorry for making your population happy and your state money. and for those still skeptical, check out this website, http://www.marijuana.com/myths/ i can also tell you from experience that decriminalization would work. yes, at the start there would be an increase in usage, again, WHO CARES?! but in the long term, rates would start declining. the only reason i smoke is because its exciting knowing each time you buy or use, you could be arrested. but once that excitement is taken away, what reason will i have to continue smoking? none. im not addicted, im not dependent on it in any way, and there wont be the thrill of defying authority. and im smart enough not to do other harder drugs. i just dont get it.

  25. marykaren says:

    marijuana should not be legalized. it causes health problems and does not do anything good for you. just because it is not \as\ bad as other drugs does not mean that it is good. I understand the money issue, and it would probably increase tax revenues, but what is more important? the money or the safety and well being of people ?

    • John says:

      What health problems??

    • Shane says:

      You can be influenced by your own mother to do the wrong thing. Open your mind and don’t subject everyone to your beliefs. God actually created cannibus, along with everything else on this earth. it isn’t created in a lab. Its uses go far beyond anything else on this earth. The first law regarding marijuana was telling farmers to grow hemp. “weed” isn’t all that comes from the plant. Let everyone subject themselves to what they want. I have seen plenty of parents who smoke pot and their kids don’t suffer. WAKE UP. If you don’t like it don’t do it, don’t make everyone else suffer because you haven’t opened up your mind to other things than what mommy and daddy didn’t want you to know. Grow up.

    • issabella says:

      marijuana should be legalized it doesn’t do shit to your health you don’t know what the hell your talking about. lmfao

  26. This Guy says:

    Most teens are not thinking about the medical side of it when they smoke it’s there excuse, however, the also eat apples not because of its nutritional value, but because their hungry. Marijuana has no addictive substances, it does have medical purposes that nobody can deny, and its a very taxable substance. To not legalize it would be absurd. There is countless people sitting in jail cells right now wondering why they are there. Alcohol remains legal even though it’s destroyed countless lives even lives of people who have no part in this substance. Why is this legal? There was a big push for it during the prohibition of course, much like today in a lot of states. Get behind the wheel drunk and you will see the result, most of the time nothing, however, there has been tons of cases where this trip ended up fatal. A stoner gets behind the wheel, you know what happens, he can’t remember how to put it into drive. Just kidding. However, on a serious note, it makes you more cautious and your brain is functioning on a higher level. Yes, it’s been proven to increase brain functioning not reduce. Honestly, the only problem I see pertaining to marijuana is the laws against it

  27. Mike says:

    Here we have 14 people that are Pro-marijuana and can give many reasons why it should be legal. However, just like most other pro-mj sites, there are no proactive ways to actually get the laws changed. How do WE make pot legal? Its as though we are all just sitting back, waiting for someone else to change the laws when the fact is, WE, the people, can do it. WE hired (elected) the idiots that make the anti-pot laws, WE can elect someone else.

    If you don’t vote, start. Find a candidate that will help end these stupid anti-pot laws forever. Educate, comment on news articles about pot, talk to your friends, argue with your teachers, explain it to your children and parents that pot is not the evil that cops make it out to be. In order to win, we must fight an intellectual battle in Congress to change the Federal Laws and then the State Laws. It is up to us people. We can do it, we just have to start and be active and not sit around waiting for someone else to do it.

  28. littlemissbehaved (; says:

    everyone thinks marijuana is such a bad thing. it really isn’t! i mean really…you could get into a car accident if you took some pain medication and it made you drowsy. Every single thing can be bad..You can get high off of sharpies and aerosoles and scented lotion. This world is never going to be safe.. The least you can do is make it legal to take away the pain. Marijuana actually helps people. people just need to stop having such biast and prejudiced views of things they know nothing about..sio pahhleaseeee do us all a favor and just shut up america!

  29. doug Rochford says:

    Alcohol is far more intoxicating, far more addictive, and far more poisonous to the body than any amount of cannabis can be.

    Vaporizing or eating cannabis in the right way is absolutely not poisonous at all. If we want to be an intelligent and understanding society, we need to decriminalize and legalize cannabis. We need to stop arresting the nice, hard-working Americans that choose to partake or grow this plant. The legal consequences are literally ruining our lives…not the cannabis plant. Arrests, incarcerations, criminal records are absolutely disgusting for being involved with this beautfiul plant.

    Also, do you realize how much it costs to enforce these policies? Do you realize how much tax revenue we could gain if legalized and regulated in a manner similar to alcohol? America needs to lead the way in this issue regardless of its history. The longer we continue this illogical path the more ridiculous we will look in hindsight…the more Americans will suffer.

  30. Maddie Gee says:

    I read this page for people’s viewpoints for my high school’s debate team. But, I also partake in the smoking of Marijuana. I smoke it because I suffer from P.T.S.D and I know it is medicinal. I also smoke it just for the feeling of being relaxed. I have terrible anxiety and depression. When I smoke, I feel relaxed and happy. So, I think it should be legalized.

  31. Taylor says:

    Medicinal marijuana is legale in CO, however, this year, Colorado announced it is going to write a bill to legalize marijuana in 2012. It will be catorgorized the same as alcohol so there is an age limit, but i thought it was kinda funny becuase most people thought California would be the first to legalize but its Colorado haha.

  32. jeremy fernandez says:

    “This statement “in states where medical marijuana is legal, the figures for teen use of cannabis have either remained stable or have followed a downward trend.” is false. When marijuana was legalized in an Alaska usage among teens nearly tripled.”

    What about California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, the Netherlands, Spain, and a good handful of other countries with de facto legalization?

  33. Anonymous says:

    Marijuana… Its a plant, created by God.. It can cure some of the most ill people on the planet. It is not a drug, it is a plant. It was created by God, not by 2 men in a lab.. It should be legal

  34. jeremy fernandez says:

    This statement “in states where medical marijuana is legal, the figures for teen use of cannabis have either remained stable or have followed a downward trend.” is false. When marijuana was legalized in an Alaska usage among teens nearly tripled.

  35. ale cooper says:

    i have been diagnosed with PTSD, Manic – Depression w/ psychcotic features, and Multiple Personaities.

    i smoke marijuana every day and i know it is medicinal. i have less anxiety, no depression, which i suffered w/ for years. i had some psychological problems though i don’t anymore, marijuiana was what got me through those hard years. i smoke now because i know it is medicinal for me. i have no doubt.

    i use to beieve it was a sin, because that is what everyone said. now i know that they didn’t know what they were talking about. I am a very Spiritual person and i sincerely do not believe it is wrong. I smoke for pleasure and medicinally.

  36. lola wilson says:

    I feel that those that choose to smoke marijuana should not be punished for it, for one thing it grows naturally they call it herb.

    Have you heard of someone dying or killing someone due to driving under the influence of marijuana, Most people who smoke do it to relax and chill out It is also used for medical purposes if you are against it you should try it you may find out that it relaxes you and there are no idiots around like there are when you drink alcohol lol have a great day.

  37. Cola says:

    Any crime that lacks a victim or an immediate danger to another human being should be repealed.

    A big battle ground as of now along with marijuana is abortion, the argument politicians use is ” It’s the womans body she may do what she pleases” although im not in favor of abortion I will point out that these same politicians are against legalization. Is not there argument of ” It’s X body X can do what they please to it ” applicable to drug use or Cannabis use, logically speaking its undeniable.

    The issue I see is our key leaders in the US government are from a generation raised with lies, the film ” Reefer Madness ” deemed a comedy by most Cannabis smokers was what there parents watched, after years of your head being filled with mis truths regarding cannabis you essentially become brainwashed and for these politicians to rewire there brains at the old age of 60+ cannot be asked for, therefore it is up to the younger generations to take a stand now and be able to pass laws regarding cannabis legalization.

    However, once our current generation of politicians is passed I personally expect a large swing in our favor when it comes to the views of Cannabis recreational and medicinal use.

  38. legalization is the only logical action.

  39. legalize it says:

    the biggest frustration is when ppl say that marijuana is addictive. science studies have proven that it is not addictive… sure some ppl become addicted to it because they create a psychological dependence on it. if its not marijuana itll be tv, or sex, or video games… the actual substance of addiction is arbitrary. ..its the persons psychological issues that need to be taken care of! check out Dr.Gabor Mate’s work on addiction.. he’s a best seller!

  40. skrewvillezA says:

    My name is Clarence Sampson black male 31 years old live in San Antonio, TX where medical marijuana is not legal here because of the side effect it cause and other b-s reason to explain why I want medical marijuana here in Texas.

    I’ve grown up in here in Texas lived in Texas my whole life but traveled w/ the U.S. Army and station in Korea and also Iraq. I’m currently unemployed and I’m trying my best w/ my diagnois of P.T.S.D. which I retain in the Army and marijuana is my choice of drug to ease the memory of a accident that happen while in the U.S. Army.

    I’ve tried several tries to kick the habit being away from friends and family just to get away from the pain I’ve endure while in the Army been out the

    Army for 5 years now and still everyone tell me to stop smoking marijuana. I’ve got an idea to make vehicle a source to the problem but i need some help on trying to get notice if you can please contact me on facebook or yahoo messenger skrewvillez@yahoo.com I really appreciate your time and enegry to create an project called Green H.O.P.E.

    Project to make it work for all human kind. Thank you for your time and effort to listen to a veteran w/ helluva problem. Thanks a ton. Clarence Sampson.

  41. chubaca says:

    marijuna is awsome

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