Should marijuana be legal?

#1
I was reading a thread about how marijuana has become legal in DC. I know it's also legal in California.

So is this a good thing?

Should it be legal in all states?

What are the pros and cons of making marijuana legal?
 

Eric

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#2
Pros:

Mexican drug cartels lose money to pot grown in the USA.
Half of our prison population can be released.
I can quit hearing about home invasions conducted by the police to find 2 ounces of pot.
Its safer than alcohol.


Cons:
 
#3
if something is harmful is alcohol can be legal but something as non-harmful as marijuana is illegal yet the start thinking about the idea of something going on behind the scenes that's a little nefarious. Obviously someone is making money off of this drug that's high up. And if it's not someone it's the entire government itself.
 
#4
I don't smoke cigarettes or smoke weed whatsoever. But a few of my mates said that it would be great if it was legal, this is because it kills less people than cigarettes and alcohol. So have a substitute for those two would be good.
 
#5
Its safer than alcohol.
This is one thing that I've never properly understood. Why the heck is alcohol legal while marijuana illegal (in most places)? This makes no sense to me. Like you said weed isn't as intoxicating or dangerous as alcohol.

LOL this cracked me up.

I guess the only cons would be that it would become more widely used. Maybe not by much but making it legal would probably increase the use of it since it's easier to access.
 

pwarbi

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#6
Here in the UK, pot is illegal but is calssified as a class C drug which basically means if you've not got like a tonne of it then your very rarely arrested or even cautioned.
Alcohol is a far more dangerous drug in my opinion yet the governments can make a hell of a lot of tax off the sale of that so...you draw your own conclusions i guess...
 
#7
I was reading a thread about how marijuana has become legal in DC. I know it's also legal in California.

So is this a good thing?

Should it be legal in all states?

What are the pros and cons of making marijuana legal?
You can already see the effects of making illegal in places like the Netherlands and Colorado+Washington in the US. It's a great source of tax revenue for the government and it does help mitigate the drug cartel problems. I consider myself neutral, but more on the proponent side of this debate. Weed isn't a magical cure to everything like some may suggest, and excess use will definitely have a negative effect, but so will alcohol and tobacco.
 

pwarbi

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#8
I agree, marijuana can be a dangerous drug but like what's been said, its no more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.
Legalising it, or decriminalising it would make a huge difference. I believe it would be more regulated, and any tax earned from it could even go towards drug rehabilitation programs and helping communities learn about drugs.
 
#9
I saw a study recently which claimed that alcohol was 114 times more damaging than Marijuana. I'm kind of on the fence about it - smoking high-THC marijuana (called Skunk in the UK) can cause serious mental health issues for those who start using it at a young age. However, numerous studies are showing that Marijuana has an endless amount of medical benefits and so I think it should be legalized for medicinal use.