I believe the fact that Uruguay legalized marijuana sends a message to the rest of the world that it is doable. I believe the United States should follow because we've already developed a match work of medical marijuana states and we've had two legalize its recreational use. Marijuana and cannabis could introduce a industry to our country and I think we should move forward.
The government should not be in the business of legislating morality. Things like drinking and smoking are things that should be decided by the individual, not by some higher power that thinks that they know better. There is nowhere in the entire constitution that says the government has banning power over substances.
Even if you're not particularly fond of marijuana (I personally am not), the harm that marijuana will do to society if dramatically less than the harm caused by its prohibition. The reasons for marijuana not to be legal are actually relatively few (none, considering alcohol is legal), but the massive cost to the legal system is damaging.
My belief is that marijuana should be legalized in the United States. For one, prohibition marijuana will never work, just like prohibition of alcohol never achieved success. Secondly, marijuana can prove to be a cash cow for farmers, businesses, and the government. Lastly, marijuana currently has popular support in the United States, and being a democracy, the United States should reinstate the legality of marijuana.
Yes, the United States should follow Uruguay's example and legalize marijuana as the drug is much safer than alcohol, a drug that has been legal most of the existence of the United States. In addition, marijuana has documented medicinal values, and that alone should ensure that this drug should be legal.
No, Uruguay should not lead the United States into legalizing marijuana, because we should not be taking our leadership from a poor country. Marijuana carries with it many dangers. The incident rate of driving while high causing death is nearly that of drunk driving already, we just lack the detection systems to prove it.
Tobacco costs the United States billions of dollars in health care costs, legal suits and sick days. Due to this alone it should be obvious that another popularly smoked item should not become legalized. It cannot pay for true burden on the American people. America's youth is already having a problem getting a job and going to work. They don't need anymore incentive to sit at home and waste their life.