Why Marijuana Should Be Legal

Yes, I know, I just want my traffic up again. I don’t know that I could beat the gay marriage thread, but lets try anyway.

1. Prohibition causes Marijuana to be expensive and creates a black market. This black market creates gangs aka violence. Legal marijuana would be taxable, safer for consumers, and cheaper, thus decreasing organized crime.

2. Its way less dangerous than alcohol. Your body has natural receptors for THC (the part of marijuana that makes you high) whereas your body does not have any natural receivers for alcohol and it does not process it naturally. Its why you get hangovers and why it causes liver damage.

3. Its not physically addictive. We’ve all seen the effects of nicotine and alcohol and how their addictive properties can destroy people’s lives. Marijuana is not habit forming. There is no hangover and no withdrawal symptoms because it doesn’t create dependance. The only addictive properties it has are purely psychological. Basically, its all in one’s head. That can happen with anything. Like me and Chick Fil A. (Which I’ve cut back on considerably, though it has been difficult after a year and a half of eating there every day).

4. It has medical use. Marijuana helps people with cataracts, rheumatoid arthritis, people on chemo, people with AIDs, as well as anorexic people (you know, the munchies work well helping people gain weight). There are many other non proven uses (only because the government refuses to fund studies.

5. It doesn’t make you out of control. Anyone that has been drunk before knows that you lose the ability to make good decisions. And some people become violent. This doesn’t happen with marijuana. I’m pretty sure that if Islamofacists smoked a J on occasion, they would stop trying to blow up America (or themselves as the case may be)

6. It doesn’t harm others. We live in a nation that is based on personal freedom. As long as what I’m doing doesn’t harm anyone else, it should be legal. We should have the freedom to do whatever we want to do with our body as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.

Here is a link to a timeline of cannabis use in the world. Note the racism and slander behind its eventual prohibition in this country, as well as the Laguardia commision (that was buried by the government) that says that marijuana does not cause violence.

All right. Discuss.

Update: This link has some interesting medical research that just came out. Its the second story on the page.

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51 responses to “Why Marijuana Should Be Legal

  1. I agree. Why is Jack Daniels or other hard liquor ok but, for some reason, weed is not. The only problem with it is how long it stays in your system. Let’s say you light up then 2 days later you are rocking to some tunes and weaving a bit in your car. You get pulled over…can they site you for DUI even though that influence was 2 days ago?

  2. I’m sure that they could come up with a system to tell if you are high or not. I mean, if you have weed in your system, but you can walk a straight line and your eyes work and everything else they do in sobriety tests, then I don’t think having thc in you would matter.

  3. “There is no hangover and no withdrawal symptoms because it doesn’t create dependance. The only addictive properties it has are purely physiological. Basically, its all in one’s head.”

    i think pot should be legal too, but you might wanna look up the definition of “physiological”…

  4. My bad, physiological is dependancy. I meant psychological. I’ll edit it when I get home. I wrote this at 1 AM last night. Didn’t re read it. Thanks!

  5. The comparisons to alcohol are only interesting in that alcohol is legal and M is not. However, they do not justify M on their own merit.

    Is a nation of stoners really where we want to go?

    Do you want your children to be regular M users? I would not want my son to use M. And perhaps that is more a moral argument than a legal one, but I certainly would not push for something to be legal that I would not want my children to use.

    I think if there is some medicinal use that will benefit people, we should all be for that. However, I think it would be really hard to come up with even one good reason why we should push to legalize something that could put many people in harmful positions – particularly young people.

    #4 is reasonable – and pretty much all you have.

    #5 – #6 are questionable at best.

    But that’s just my opinion.

  6. So just because something doesn’t cause long-term harm, it’s okay?

  7. Well, JD you are older than I am, with more proximity to prohibition of alcohol. Do you remember from history what happened then? How alcohol use didn’t really decrease, but organized crime went through the roof? The whole mafia thing all happened because of illegal liquor.

    Probably the biggest of all the reasons on there is that prohibition causes more violence and expends more government money than just making it legal. People used marijuana for all sorts of things in the 19th century, but there were no problems. If I remember correctly, there was a lot of progress in our country in that time period.

    Using anything in excess is bad. I wouldn’t want my children, or anyone I know, to be a pot head. But since we live in a free society, I think people should be allowed that right. If alcohol is legal, there is no reason that MJ shouldn’t be as well. So, if you want to be consistant, you should either be pro banning alcohol, or pro legalization of MJ.

    And to the issue of young people, I wouldn’t push for it to be legal for everyone. It should be like alcohol. You have to be 18 or 21 or a similar age to buy and consume it. Plenty of kids do it anyway and its illegal. If we made it legal, at least we’d know they weren’t accidentally getting stuff laced with PCP or Opium or something. It would be regulated and taxed (bringing in revenue to the government rather than expending govt funds as does now enforcement policies.)

    I think the biggest problem is that we’ve been told lies about it. If you look at some of the things in the 20th century on that timeline, you’ll see small examples of it. You can read more about many of those things on wikipedia and other sources. The government and racist groups flat made up things about marijuana in order to get it banned, for reasons that were mostly racist.

  8. I’m saying its way safer than alcohol. If alcohol is legal, there is no reason marijuana shouldn’t be.

    We live in a country that allows people freedoms to waste their life away if they want. Government shouldn’t be big brother and make sure we don’t harm ourselves. And it should avoid laws of prohibition at all costs because they only cost the government more money enforcing and cause more harm to the poorest in our country who fear violence of black market groups (ie gangs).

  9. Marijuana will never be legal until corporations can figure out a way to take complete control of its growth. The government needs the corporations to to help them collect the tax, and as long as people can grow their own, it isn’t profitable for either the government or big business. If they could figure out a way to make money off of it like they do tobacco and alcohol, then they would have legalized it already.

  10. I’m not one to tell John Dobbs or anyone else how to raise their kids or live their own lives, but I call bullshit on the argument that M shouldn’t be illegal because “I wouldn’t want my kids to do it.”

    Our view of M is undeniably affected by the fact that it is against the law. As of now, almost by definition, the majority of people who smoke M are people who don’t mind breaking the law. And the ones who do it openly are the ones who don’t mind being caught. The legality of M affects the demographics of those you know who smoke M, which affects your perception of what M does to you.

    I’m going to make the assumption that you wouldn’t necessarily mind if you child, upon reaching the appropriate age, starting drinking in a responsible way. Well, if alcohol were still illegal, you wouldn’t have the wide spectrum of drinkers…from the responsible social drinkers all the way to the alcoholics and troublemakers. What you would have would just be the alcoholics and social drinkers. Then you would look at alcohol and say, “man, I really don’t want my child turning into a drunk or rabblerouser.” If alcohol were illegal, you would miss the whole segment of the population that is able to enjoy alcohol responsibly. The legality affects your perception of it.

    If M were legal, and it were legal for 80 years, in 80 years you would see a shift in the use of M. It would be used responsibly by pillars of our community. By politicians, liberal reverands, business leaders, etc.

    Saying you wouldn’t want your kid to use it doesn’t fly as a reason why it shouldn’t be legal.

  11. And just because it is legal doesn’t mean your kid has to or will use it. There are age limits on things that should only belong to a more mature (mostly adult) audience. Pornography. Cigarettes. Alcohol. Guns. Even driver’s licenses. All of these things could easily become harmful for the one who abuses it, but we don’t prohibit adults from driving cars, buying tobacco, or owning a gun. I suppose there is this unsaid understanding that, at a certain age, MOST people will be able to handle the responsibility that comes with certain opportunities. MJ falls into that catagory. Obviously, I wouldn’t want my kid to drive a car when he was eight years old, but at sixteen or seventeen he’d have my full support. I would say a large portion of teens have smoked MJ at least once in there lives. I would even go so far as to say that the MAJORITY of those who have smoked at least one time did not turn into the good-for-nothing potheads we often associate with MJ. Given, there will always be an exception to the rule, and, sadly, too many people abuse MJ and throw away their lives.

    With MJ you can, like it has been said, place an 18+ or 21+ requirement on it. This is, of course, assuming that “corporations can figure out a way to take complete control of its growth.” (Good point, by the way)

    You don’t want a child to eat candy for breakfast every day. You don’t want your child to smoke MJ every day. That’s where your job as a parent comes in. Tell them what you think is good, and let them make their own decisions.

  12. I can see the PSA’s now…

    “Marijuana… just like driving a car”

    🙂

  13. Actually, I hope my son never drinks. He likely already has … but I have no desire for my son to be a social drinker. Of what value is that? Nor a casual smoker. Nor an occasional toker. I would prefer that he not introduce anything into his life that could lower his defenses, bring about potentially deadly decisions while under the influence of a drug, and face the consequences.

    I’m not naive…and I do understand that he will likely do all of the above to some degree or another.

    But I would like for him not to. Whether that makes sense to anyone else or not, is immaterial to me. I do not expect the legal system to recognize that argument. It is, for me though, an important factor in my view of the subject.

    If MJ isn’t all that potent, and doesn’t do all that much…then why the fuss and the black market? I think we’re downplaying the effects of MJ at this point.

    But… this is not a topic I want to spend a lot of time on … thought I would offer my thoughts … this issue is not on my mind or agenda for social action. There are more important things to deal with in this country.

    But I would add … it’s a good topic, Justin and I’m sure your readers are not through with it!

  14. Right, I’m not making the argument here that everyone should do it or that it doesn’t have ill effects, I’m just saying that in a country where people are supposedly free to make bad decisions, as long as those decisions don’t infringe on the rights of other people, marijuana should be legal. There is a black market for it because it gets you high. There is no question that it has an effect on you, the effects though are very different and less dangerous to others than are the effects of being drunk. And since we know that outlawing alcohol just creates more violence, we make laws about when it is ok to be intoxicated to protect innocent people, such as drunk driving laws and public intoxication laws… but it shouldn’t be illegal because it is more harmful to more people for it to be against the law.

  15. I think some of you are missing the point. I sure don’t want a nation of stoners either and I don’t want my kids using the stuff however a major point here is that why is hard liquor legal and pot not?

  16. Legalize it, don’t legalize it, its still going to be abused. I think the evidence is just as disputable on both sides. I dont consider myself a fence sitter but it seems that on this issue, I have not been convinced one way or the other. I definetely agree that it is harmful in nearly all situations.
    ~JK

  17. Justin: I would not legalize pot. For moral reasons, I am not ignorant enough to think that will stop the use, but it will minumize the use. I am also not saying m is worse than smoking anything legal or driking, just that it is not something that is beneficial (unless you are going blind).

    As for prohibition compared to use of pot. Doesn’t work. Alcohol had already been legal for a long time and then it was stopped, that is a major reason for the rebellion against the law. M is not legal and has not been legal.

  18. My first question is why is MJ illegal??? I feel it’s illeagel for potlical reasons rather than public health issues. there are so many other things that are far more dangerous to the public health than smoking a little grass. I wonder how many people have been killed by smoking weed verses prescription drugs or firearms or alcohol? As a matter of fact I believe the Controled substances act of 1974 was created for political reasons due to the distaste the American public had for the vietnam war. I do personally believe most of those substances on that act should be there. But marijuana should not.

    I also do not understand why our government keeps on dumping millions in to a war on drugs that has been going on close to 30 years and still has no positive results. It’s simple supply and demand. Make MJ legal and tax the hell out of it.

  19. KS, you said “M is not legal and has not been legal.” According to Wikipedia, M was legal for all of recorded history until the 1920’s in the US.

    Also, I have heard in several different ways that M should not be legal (or is immoral) because it serves no legitimate purpose other than pain relief for people with chronic pain. This arguments seemed to imply that something is immoral if its only purpose is to bring a mind-altering pleasure.

    It seems that that argument fails for me for two reasons. First, alcohol is popular for the same reason. It alters the chemistry of your mind thereby producing a pleasurable feeling. Jesus made wine (and apparently good wine) as his first miracle. That’s good enough for me.

    Also, sex. The only reason we have kids is because sex is as pleasurable as any drug. That is the primary reason people do it. Don’t tell me something is bad just because it feels good (not to imply the opposite isn’t false).

  20. Kenny,

    I have made the case that while it may minimize the use slightly, it causes more harm through violence and the black market, as well as unregulated weed being laced with dangerous chemicals.

    I also have a link to a timeline of marijuana usage. Maybe you didn’t read it, but it is clear that marijuana was not illegal until the twenties (and even then, it wasn’t “illegal” persay, but the government regulated it so that you had to break the law to obtain it legally)

    Before you craft an argument, you should check out the facts. All I’m saying is that prohibition causes more problems than it stops. I think alcohol prohibition is a clear cut example.

    And why is it morally wrong? Because the government has told you? Is it any more wrong than drinking the occasional glass of wine, smoking a cigar, drinking coffee (caffiene), taking pain medication… etc?

  21. Can anyone look up how many have died from accidental overdose of weed compared to alcohol or perscrption drugs? How about how many have died from a drunk driver compared to a driver high on weed?

  22. I used to drive stoned all the time. It’s much easier than driving drunk. Wheeee!

  23. I’ve heard that on more than one occasion JH. Not saying its necessarily safe, but its waaaay safer than driving with BAC levels lower than intoxicated.

  24. If stoned/drunk driving is wrong on grounds of safety, then it should be wrong for my mom to drive too. I can think of three people off the top of my head that I would rather ride shotgun with while they’re drunk than ride with my mom.

    Driving stoned, of course, is much safer than driving drunk though.

  25. you are right i tottaly agree on what you are saying because smoking just makes you relax and it makes you mellow.you dont try to start fights like you do when your are drinking.

  26. oh yea like god said “if thy not borther thy neirbor thy shil not sine” or some shit like that

  27. why is weed illegal that is bullshit my bro had to fake some disease just to get some med bud
    I believe we pot smokers need to unite and we might be able to legalize it.I

  28. weeeeeee need weed we should chant it.

  29. many cancer patients would never gonna find it hard to search for any pain releaver!!!

  30. the DAWN report states that there are about 150,000 hospital emergency visits per year in the US alone. Harmless, I don’t think so. Dr. Herbert Kleber, one of the most well respected researchers in the US has well established its addictive properties as well as naming it as a gateway drug. It is not accepted by ANY medical association as medicine. It looks like you get all your info from San Francisco slackers!

  31. I personally smoke weed and agree thats becuase the people that smoked weed say it should be legal and the ones that dont say it should be illegal. no matter how many forums u put on the internet some fat guys sitting on their throne are never gonna legalize it. get over it.

  32. Ron, I think that’s hilarious. I would really like to know what those 150,000 people were in the hospital for. Were they munching too hard on some doritos? Did they get stuck in between the cushions of their couch?

    Ron, as anyone who’s ever smoked with tell you, smoking will just make you want to sit on the couch. how you could manage to do anything to hurt yourself while high is a mystery to me. Not to mention the fact that there isn’t a single case of toxity from marijuana. not one. ever

    As far as the addictive properties of pot, psychologically and physically, it is much less addictive than tobacco, alcohol, or caffienne.

  33. For the people who think weed should stay illegal, yall should check up why it was made illegal in the first place.

    It was because hemp was so useful in many ways that I beleive these businessmen were losing profit due how much hemp could be grown and harvested. So they formed together to spread stories of how weed causes people to go insane and axe up their siblings.

    I know the story is pretty much written out bad, and since I havn’t read it in a long time probably has some innacurate information, I suggest just finding out on the good ‘ol google.
    But that was pretty much the point.

  34. I believe that the opinions of those who are against the legalization of marijuana can be changed if they were to just study up on what marijuana really is and also being more open and listening to the ones saying there are numerous benifits of marijuana to people from all walks of life. if marijuana were to become legalized it would change the world for the better perhaps even saving it. Biofules, medicine, hemp products that would replace similar products that are most definitly inferior…. these are some things that I believe would make the world a better place to live.
    Marijuana is a blessing from God that is being supressed. Many governments have actually done way more damage to society by making it illegal than hard drugs could ever do.

  35. ok well this is just a responce to Johnddubs (sorry if I misspelled your name dont wanna scroll back up). Well you said you woudn’t want your son to smoke M on regular basis. Well i’m sure you wouldn’t want your son to smoke cigarettes (which is pretty worse then M) on regular basis as well and I don’t really think that you could compare the ammounts of people dying because of cigarettes to the people that die of smoking M. Then only person I know that died of smoking LOTS of M is Bob Marley, but hes not a good example because he would smoke 15 joints per day which is really an overdose.

  36. Marijuana truely is a blessing from God, And for His sake,the United States would not exist today had it not been for Marijuana

  37. Oh yeah, Ron Paul for ’08!!!

  38. I just have an argument for the legalization of MJ. Besides the fact that the bud is a great pain reliever, the hemp plant is very hardy. Many farmers throughout the country, and especially here in SO IL, are having droughts. The hemp plant would be a great cash crop for farmers because it is hardy, and it is obviously useful. That is a just one of many reasons i thought of. Legalize it, don’t criticize it.

  39. actualy if u can ignor the erges of wanting food u can lose masive amounts of wieght ive been testing this myself over the past 2 months and ive came to consider i love how mj help my metabolism ive lost 30 pounds (including working out and not eating while im “high”)

    i also belive mj is alot like buda
    mj helps u center urself calms you down alot
    ..if it becomes legalized i hope we dont treat it like tobacco …i can bearly afford my one bad habbit

  40. I smoke weed all the time lawl 😀

  41. bud is bud.

    I dont think they will ever legalize it, Iw ish they would.

    I smoke every single day.
    More than 15 times a day.
    And have beens since the 4th grade.

    And yet, i havent turned into an idiot.
    im now 18.

    So you tell me.
    Alchol does make you out of control
    but not if you drink it responsibly.

  42. “The comparisons to alcohol are only interesting in that alcohol is legal and M is not. However, they do not justify M on their own merit.

    Is a nation of stoners really where we want to go?

    Do you want your children to be regular M users? I would not want my son to use M. And perhaps that is more a moral argument than a legal one, but I certainly would not push for something to be legal that I would not want my children to use.

    I think if there is some medicinal use that will benefit people, we should all be for that. However, I think it would be really hard to come up with even one good reason why we should push to legalize something that could put many people in harmful positions – particularly young people.

    #4 is reasonable – and pretty much all you have.

    #5 – #6 are questionable at best.

    But that’s just my opinion.”

    If weed becomes Legal then there would probably have to be a age limit on it like alcohol and sigs. After that age limit it would be a personal thing.

  43. “the DAWN report states that there are about 150,000 hospital emergency visits per year in the US alone. Harmless, I don’t think so. Dr. Herbert Kleber, one of the most well respected researchers in the US has well established its addictive properties as well as naming it as a gateway drug. It is not accepted by ANY medical association as medicine. It looks like you get all your info from San Francisco slackers!”

    Ron,

    I bet you the only reason this happened was because they were people who where convinced by their friends to do it. After they did it they start to fill a high, they got scared and started to think things (harmful things). This lead to the fact that their hearts started to race faster (the opposite of a high) which can lead to a heart attack or a stroke or something similar. I know this cause it happened to my friend and me. My friend tripped balls for hours until I told him not to think he was going to die or anything like that and to relax. When it happened to me was when I was high and injured myself. It wasn’t a bad injury but the high made me think differently. All I did was breath slowly and empty my head of all thoughts and it worked. This is the only way (other than driving) that i can see it being harmful. if it became legal I think if you can’t handle it or something bad is happening getting high is the wrong thing to do. Other than that weed being illegal is just a bunch of bullshit made by the government because they can’t get money of it. In truth they are really losing money because of it being illegal. I’m not sure but I bet you most of or prisons is mostly occupied by pot heads. Thy only other way I think it could be harmful is if you smoke a cigarette afterward. The weed opens your longs but the cigarettes will clog it worse than before.

    Now, people will always abuse things. they have in the past and I doubt it will ever stop. And I doubt weed will become legal until the government can find a way to tax it. So unless you can talk to anyone high up in the government and come up with a great way of controlling it and taxing it, IT IS NOT GOING TO BECOME LEGAL!

  44. Can anyone look up how many have died from accidental overdose of weed compared to alcohol or perscrption drugs? How about how many have died from a drunk driver compared to a driver high on weed?

  45. You can’t overdose on weed. So zero.

  46. “Not only do I think marijuana should be legal, but it should be mandatory.” – Bill Hicks

    It’s a joke, but I completely agree with Bill’s meaning. If I had it my way everyone would have the opportunity to smoke weed.

    I got high for the first time two weeks ago and actually tripped my first time (lucky me). I’m so glad I did because it was in the top 5 of the most wonderful experiences of my life so far.

  47. I agree
    I believe Marijuana should be legal. But there is one thing, you stated that marijuana has no withdrawl symptoms, thats incorrect. There isn’t any life threatning symptoms, but there are emotional symptoms. Also, it may not be habit-forming, but if you smoke it, you know that if you smoke regularly and you don’t have any pot for a day, you really want some…

  48. Politicians are 10 years behind the times when it comes to hemp use. People have been fighting for a long time against marijuana and pot prohibition with some movement going on now. Still too slow for those caught up in the jail system for possessing a little weed. Our freedoms have been trampled on by folks who know nothing about how beautiful cannabis can be for someones life, if one learns how to grow cannabis. Keep up the good work.

  49. Интересно послушать потомков, какие уж знают, чем могут удивить транссексуалы Москвы. Я по личной характеру исследователь. еще соскакивал с парашютом, с моста на резинке, плавал на байдарке по голубой реке. И не вдаваясь в подробности секс досуг всегда подмывает попробовать все в существовании. смотри и пришла ко мне представление попробовать такого типа категорию интим услуги. за коим хреном собственно нужно быть склонным? каким образом себя направлять с данными особями? Проститутки Москвы, с которыми мне случалось знаться, нисколько о трансах путного рассказать не способны. Может у них какое-либо свое сообщество, секретное от чужих глаз. Я просто-напросто знать не знаю где их дозволено столкнуться, исключая как в всемирной паутине.

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