And alcohol doesn't do that? And tobacco, brain cell killing television and other things don't? What happened to personal responsibility? What happened to that bodily integrity? If somebody wants to ruin their lives with drugs, alcohol, brain killing television or whatever, is that not their right? I mean, we have legal things that make people dumb and sometimes die, why not ban those too?
Why do I always get this from people? They always use that argument that alcohol does the same thing, other legal things do the same thing, blah blah blah. I realize alcohol does sort of the same thing over a very long period of time; however, as much as I'd like to ban alcohol abuse, it's never going to happen! We're probably not going to stop people from drinking but we can still prevent things like pot from destroying their brains. We have something that will do damage if not prevented from becoming legal. Might as well destroy it in its infancy so it doesn't grow into a big problem. Also, there is a big difference between television and cannabis.
Marijuana is hundred times safer than high fructose corn syrup which is in like 90% of things you eat and drink. It is addictive and proven. Marijuana has been ruled many times to be not chemically addictive (though can be for people who have addictive personalities) and is safer than some many things. Which is why in the Shafer report in 1972 said it needs to be decriminalized because the drug nor the user is a danger to public safety. And also in the 1988 study of Judge Francis Young said that after his study and extensive research that NO person EVER has died from marijuana.