Should marijuana be legal but just be frowned upon?

Asked by: imabench
  • It's not as bad as smoking tobacco, but still rather impolite because of the smoke itself.

    So Marijuana hasn't killed anyone. It's killed far less people than tobacco, as a matter of fact. That in itself should allow it to be legal. However, since smoking tobacco is considered rude, (I can't STAND walking by a person smoking! YUCK!) so should marijuana, because of the smoke itself.

  • Marijuana Should Be Legalized

    1. The government has no right to enforce marijuana laws.
    There are always reasons why laws exist. While some advocates for the status quo claim that marijuana laws prevent people from harming themselves, the most common rationale is that they prevent people from harming themselves and from causing harm to the larger culture. But laws against self-harm always stand on shaky ground—predicated, as they are, on the idea that the government knows what's good for you better than you do—and no good ever comes from making governments the guardians of culture.

    2. Enforcement of marijuana laws is racially discriminatory.
    The burden of proof for marijuana-prohibition advocates would be high enough if marijuana laws were enforced in a racially neutral manner, but—this should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with our country's long history of racial profiling—they are most definitely not.

    3. Enforcement of marijuana laws is prohibitively expensive.
    Six years ago, Milton Friedman and a group of over 500 economists advocated for marijuana legalization on the basis that prohibition directly costs more than $7.7 billion per year.

    4. Enforcement of marijuana laws is unnecessarily cruel.
    You don't have to look very hard to find examples of lives needlessly destroyed by marijuana prohibition laws. The government arrests over 700,000 Americans, more than the population of Wyoming, for marijuana possession every year. These new "convicts" are driven from their jobs and families, and pushed into a prison system that turns first-time offenders into hardened criminals.

    5. Marijuana laws impede legitimate criminal justice goals.
    Just as alcohol prohibition essentially created the American Mafia, marijuana prohibition has created an underground economy where crimes unrelated to marijuana, but connected to people who sell and use it, go unreported. End result: real crimes become harder to solve.

    6. Marijuana laws cannot be consistently enforced.
    Every year, an estimated 2.4 million people use marijuana for the first time. Most will never be arrested for it; a small percentage, usually low-income people of color, arbitrarily will. If the objective of marijuana prohibition laws is to actually prevent marijuana use rather than driving it underground, then the policy is, despite its astronomical cost, an utter failure from a pure law enforcement point of view.

    7. Taxing marijuana can be profitable.
    A recent Fraser Institute study found that legalizing and taxing marijuana could produce considerable revenue.

    8. Alcohol and tobacco, though legal, are far more harmful than marijuana.
    I have written in the past that the case for tobacco prohibition is actually much stronger than the case for marijuana prohibition. Alcohol prohibition has, of course, already been tried - and, judging by the history of the War on Drugs, legislators have apparently learned nothing from this failed experiment.

  • Can't think of a real reason to say no, except that it looks weird to smoke and get drunk.

    It is not even as addictive as caffeine. Http://www.Tfy.Drugsense.Org/tfy/addictvn.Htm

    It has many medical benefits. And dubious long term effect. Http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/Cannabis_(drug)

    Why did they even banned cannabis is a mystery to me. You can get drunk with worse consequences.

    Except that it has the word drug associated with it. Yes, it must have been the reason.

  • Why frowned up?

    Honestly, for what reason would marijuana be frowned upon? It is a better alternative, both physically and externality wise, than any other legal drug. Go ahead and frown upon any drug use if you wish, but marijuana should certainly be at the bottom. By the way, obviously it should be legal. That's just a given.

  • Yes to both

    Marijuana is something that somebody should be allowed to do like drink alcohol or smoke tobacco. But doing those things publicly like in movie theaters and stuff is inconsiderate to others, in other words they are frowned upon. So Marijuana should be legal, but just frowned upon.

  • No it should not

    Legalizing weed is a terrible idea. 1) It is a gateway drug many people go on to more dangerous drugs after. We do not know what it will lead to legalization of meth, coke or heroine. 2) It stinks 3) it causes people to lose there head which could lead to more crime and accidents. 4) I will end up paying for it with taxes because someone "needs it" and can't afford it. 5) It would become even more accessible 6) it prohibits you from thinking and there are enough stupid people already. 6) It can cause cancer and other diseases.

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