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  • Absolutely. The state has no business regulating personal choice

    It's a matter of liberty and freedom.

    If we can't even imbibe (by eating, smoking or drinking) a basic plant which grows from the ground, simply because our "government" orders us not to, how can we honestly say we are a truly free nation.

    We are not free, and marijuana prohibition illustrates that.

    The vast majority of the nation knows it is not harmful, it is not dangerous and it is ridiculous that we send people to jail and destabilize entire nations in the futile effort of prohibition.

  • As long as there are appropriate laws to regulate it.

    I am all for legalizing marijuana as long as it is regulated. Some ideas... Private distribution will remain illegal, you have to buy it from a state dispensary. Absolutely no tolerance while driving. You are only allowed to have so much at a time. It must not be used where it can even have the slightest chance of affecting someone else. Employers can continue to disallow it if they want to. Illegal if under 18. There are more but those are the big ones.

  • Your body your choice

    The only person that suffers from you taking marajawana is you and those that care about you. Some may argue that thoes who take illegal drugs are more likely to be associated with other crime. This is true , but thoes other crimes are already illegal and enforced. Therefore we can argue that banning marajawana only protects people from themselves and forces them to act on a way we believe to be moral. Every time we try to legislate morality it fails and miserably so. Just look at alcohol and when it was illegal. Similarly the laws against marajawana are not doing very well at preventing people from taking it. Should it be legalized marajawana could be regulated, and sold by the government thusly taking the business out of the hands of drug lords on the streets. Gangs could not compete with the prices set out by the government and cooperations as they could not produce in similar quantities.

  • Yes it should

    I think if the government lets people drink alcohol, they should legalize marijuana. The hemp plant can also cure cancer. Also, it's not the government's business. Unlike drugs like heroin and meth, marijuana has not been proven to cause any deaths. If it's not actually hurting anyone, then it shouldn't be a problem.

  • It should be legal.

    People have the right to put whatever they want in their own bodies. Government's job is not to regulate the personal lives of its citizens, and let them live freely, as long as they don't harm others. Marijuana has many known health benefits, and hemp, another part of the plant, can be used to make various products.

  • Have all you "no"s ever tried it?

    Marijuana has been proven to be effective against cancer, neurological disorders (including epilepsy in children, memory loss in adults), among numerous other conditions. Compare it to chemo, there are hardly any side effects, if any. I used to work in a breast cancer research lab.

    As someone who's used both, I'd say marijuana is much safer than alcohol. And with the scientific findings being published, it's a shame it's still considered illegal. Even if it’s not “healthy” it’s not up to other people to tell each other what they can and cannot ingest.

    And for those of you concerned with second-hand smoke, check this out: http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/news/20060523/pot-smoking-not-linked-to-lung-cancer

    Finally, I can’t stand to see stories like this: http://goo.gl/bGnpcJ
    If you’re concerned that there may be long-term side effects that we don’t yet know about, consider this - we have used a modified version of HIV to cure cancer in CHILDREN. You don’t know those long term side effects and frankly, you can’t always win; sometimes living with one is better than nothing.

  • Laws are mean't to protect people, not restrict them.

    Marijuana has been proven to be effective against cancer, neurological disorders (including epilepsy in children, memory loss in adults), among numerous other conditions. Compare it to chemo, there are hardly any side effects, if any. I used to work in a breast cancer research lab.

    As someone who's used both, I'd say marijuana is much safer than alcohol. And with these scientific findings being published, it's a shame it's still considered illegal. Even if it weren't "healthy", other people do not have the right to tell you what you can and cannot ingest.

    For those of you concerned with second-hand smoke, check this study out: http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/news/20060523/pot-smoking-not-linked-to-lung-cancer

    And finally, I can't stand to see stories like this: http://goo.gl/bGnpcJ

    If you were as desperate as this mother, I'm sure you'd try anything you could. And for those of you who will say - yes it worked but you don't know the long term side effects ... Sometimes they use a modified version of HIV to cure cancer. You can't always win, sometimes living with one is better than the other.

  • We don't know enough about it.

    I don't think it should be legal because we don't know enough about it. A lot of people like to argue that its safer than alcohol, using facts and statistics. But the truth is doctors and scientist don't know enough about it to compare it to alcohol. This is because alcohol IS legal. So if marijuana is legalized, how do we know if it will end up just like how alcohol.

  • No, there are too many factors unconsidered.

    To begin, Marijuana has a lot of things unknown about it, due to it's taboo nature. If there is something not known about the plant that could prove to be fatal to some, then it's best to wait until more information is gathered before making a decision.

    Even then, its use would have to be heavily regulated, as Marijuana is known to be fairly addicting, and many places (such as Amsterdam) are being introduced with a plethora of problems centered around Marijuana in relation to it's use on School Grounds.

    Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246977/Amsterdam-pot-ban-Smoking-marijuana-illegal-schools.html

    Not only that, it's legalization will inevitably increase secondhand smoke inhalation in the United States, which negatively affects the 81.9% of adults in the United States who choose to not smoke. (18.1% of adults in the United States were shown to be smokers, according to a 2012 survey taken by the CDC).
    Why should those who choose not to smoke be forced to deal with the consequences of a Marijuana smoker's actions? An agreement would have to be made for something like a designated smoke area, to protect the health of those who choose not to smoke Marijuana or Cigarettes. (Such as some places outlawing smoking in parks, or on sidewalks where passers by would inevitably go.)

  • Why is this even logically correct?

    I don't think it should be legal at all! We are just starting to find medicine that can help with certain illnesses. Even tho marijuana helps pain or with some to little illnesses, there are definitely better alternatives then that! Marijuana is gonna end up like another 'alcohol' in the sense that alcohol kills many behind the wheel or not, since marijuana has a similar affect on people as alcohol, driving while 'high' can be deadly! Then there will be a big problem with absolving this situation!


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The_Immortal_Emris says2014-07-28T21:54:52.430
If anyone would care to have a debate on the matter of repealing prohibition, feel free to challenge me. I'll change your mind!