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Honest Argument: U.S. should legalize marijuana
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U.S. should legalize marijuana

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U.S. should legalize marijuana  U.S. should legalize marijuana
       Eliminate billions in government expenditures  Eliminate billions in government expenditures
       Generate billions in tax revenues  Generate billions in tax revenues
       Congressional commission recommended decriminalization  Congressional commission recommended decriminalization
       Minimal health effects compared to legal intoxicants  Minimal health effects compared to legal intoxicants
              No death has ever been recorded directly because of Marijuana use  No death has ever been recorded directly because of Marijuana use
       Laws enforced unequally  Laws enforced unequally
              Same argument could be made for almost any law  Same argument could be made for almost any law
       Marijuana has far more positive benefits than negative  Marijuana has far more positive benefits than negative
       Marijuana became illegal after unfounded, racist propaganda, not on facts  Marijuana became illegal after unfounded, racist propaganda, not on facts
       Prohibition funds organized crime and terrorism  Prohibition funds organized crime and terrorism
       Prohibition enables sale of adulterated products  Prohibition enables sale of adulterated products

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The current laws can't be enforced fairly

If they were, even more Americans would have criminal records than is already the case. The perception is that the better-off and the better-connected will never get written up, and perception of fairness counts for a lot in general respect for law.

Comment by: NewLondon At: 2007-02-03 20:10:01



Re: comment: The current laws can't be enforced fairly

Not to mention our tax dollars are paying for "criminals" who never hurt a fly, all they did was smoke a plant rolled in paper (or in any other form).

Comment by: lanerebel At: 2007-02-19 11:33:34



Re: node: Marijuana has far more positive benefits than negative

This is debatable. After years of defending marijuana use, a pattern emerged for me. Most of the consistent smokers I have met are emotionally underdeveloped, or, said another way, perpetually adolescent in their ability to deal with the world.

It is a beautiful, often beneficial escape like other substances, though chronic use I think is what makes some of the stereotypes more accurate than many feel comfortable acknowledging.

Comment by: quiethand At: 2008-04-14 23:19:32



Legalization Risks

If you would agree that the use of Marijuana does slow your reaction time, would it make sense that if someone that was high got into a car and drove, they would be more likely to cause or participate in an accident due to the delayed reaction time. Although marijuana is not addictive, it is agreeable that if you like it once, you will most likely try it again,and again, and so on.If you went to a restaraunt you liked,wouldnt you want to go back and try it again?And if you decide to stop smoking marijuana, it is proven that it can make a person more aggressive. Being aggresive leads to things like murder,assault, and many other different illegal acts that would just add to the reasons to keep marijuana illegal.

Comment by: PandysCakes At: 2010-12-21 22:34:08



Re: node: Generate billions in tax revenues

"Sin-taxes" are counter productive. They are mostly punitive in nature but are just less severe on the continuum of societal retribution. They also create a perverse incentive to the beneficiary of the taxes to facilitate the continuation of existing conditions.
The costs of treatment, IF society decides to treat addicts, should be borne just as those of treating any other mental illness AND should be administered by any EXCEPT Federal government.

Comment by: Frankus At: 2011-03-10 10:38:31



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