1) The fact that alcohol is legal in the US should not be a justification for the legalization of marijuana because there is no point in legalizing more drugs that can cause harm, this one has sent over 400,000 people to the ER in the year of 2010 http://www.washingtonpost.com...
2)Amsterdam is a place where it is legal to consume, statistics done has shown that crimes have gone up in the business that allow it and children are being exposed to it. which is forcing new policies to be made to prevent kids from smoking in schools. http://townhall.com...
3) therefore marijuana should not be legalized.
It is impossible to draw the rise in crime to the end of prohibition against marijuana. Look at the statistics in the USA where crime rates are 4 times as much (violent crime that is), while in Amsterdam they are still very low, even compared to other European countries. Scientifically speaking marijuana does not cause violent behavior. People go to the ER for drinking more frequently than marijuana. Perhaps people will make the switch if we is legalized.
It is possible to draw conclusion of crimes raising from the use of marijuana, by comparing business crime rates where marijuana is not legal and then comparing them with businesses in Amsterdam where the use of the drug is legal and you will see that the crime rate is higher or slowly rising more in the ones in Amsterdam. Also its easy to check the trends of crimes that happen more often in places where marijuana is legal. Also, it is pointless to point out the crime rates of the USA or European countries and comparing them with Amsterdam because there are countless reasons for why violent crimes occur and marijuana should not be the only deciding factor to decide that the crime rates in these countries is because of marijuana. It can be true that people go to the ER for drinking more than because of marijuana but it does not change the fact that a lot of people go to the ER because of marijuana so why even risk the numbers in marijuana getting higher by legalizing it. There fore marijuana should stay illegal eliminating the possibility of more people getting harmed by it.
Scientifically speaking it is impossible to be harmed by marijuana. It doesn't damage the brain, or cause long term health effects. It just gets you high. People can become paranoid while using it, and that's probably why ER rooms get cases of people using marijuana. Also, by your own argument you must conclude that marijuana does not have an effect on crime rates. As you stated it is not the only deciding factor. In fact, I compared America to Amsterdam to show this fact precisely, comparing a country that as a large amount of violent crime, America, to the Netherlands and Amsterdam, which still has a really low crime rate regardless of marijuana.
What does marijuana do to the body? "It just gets you high" Is what you said but what exactly does it consist of. Fistly a distorted sense of time ,weird or random thinking, paranoia (like you stated),anxiety ,depression, and short-term forgetfulness for the time being in which you are high. None of these symptoms sound or seem to be things that a person should be feeling because all sounds like it can possibly lead to dangerous situations, bad desicion making, and if your a driver to reckless driving.. Marijuana or anything that makes you feel like that for any amount of time should never be legalalized. By legalizing marijuana it will open a whole set of new problems and issues. For example it will create a society where getting high on a daily basis is alright which affects the productivity of any one under that influence. Also, who can have acces to marijuana, is it legal for everyone including kids, or teenagers, and can it be done in public or around school. Lastly what will be the consequences which can't be to bad since it would be legal. Basically marijuana should stay illegal because it would just open up more problems and more risks for everyone