Legalize marijuana in North American continent.
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Since its common knowledge that we lost the war on drugs, I feel keeping weed as a contraband substance is a waste of resources. Thanks for the debate.
I agree that the prohibition of marijuana is not right, but I only have the right to influence this in my own federal, state, and local laws. For me the prohibition of marijuana has to do with The United States Government, the Ohio state government, and the decisions made by the counties and towns in my area. I would never attempt to impose a drug legalization on one of our closest neighbors. It would be an insult to their sovereignty. I feel from your level of education on this topic, with that "we should," as if we in American can just bop with map with our magic wand, that you imagine we have only three or so countries in North America.
The independent countries in North America are Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and The United States of America. There are also territories in the continent owned by several European countries. Each of these countries, as an independent state or as extentions of a state that is outside of ourselves, has completely different laws that we have no rights on which to infringe, from the context of any one of those states. And considering that many of these listed governments are within the United Nations and therefore are in agreement to respect the independence of other states according to Article 2 (4) - Prohibition of threat or use of force in international relations and Article 2 (7) - Non-intervention in domestic affairs by the United Nations. There is no "we" that has any right to make a blanket legalization. It must be done one nation and state as a time, as it should be.
"There is no "we" that has any right to make a blanket legalization. It must be done one nation and state as a time, as it should be." LeMarquisDEnfer
You are correct in this last statement. I did leave the implementation of such an endeavor to the imagination. I think we should convince the nations, states, and local government of the wisdom of such a plan first, and then change the laws to legalize pot. Now of course, a couple nations will resist and say "nay, we like our drug laws!"
Yet, enforcement of such drug laws will become nigh impossible when every nation and state around them legalizes weed. So, even if some governments fail to listen, and still have drug laws, they should get rid of the anti-weed laws.
From decriminalizing all drugs the results were less drug use among 13-15 year-olds, HIV infection rates dropped, drug trafficking and drug-related deaths fell. Which implies that people were seeking drugs as the forbidden fruit. Please tell your representative in government that you desire for pot to be legal.
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