Should marijuana be legalized?

The legalisation of drugs, particularly that of soft drugs like cannabis (or marijuana) is capable of being characterised as one which pits the concept of freedom of the individual against the concept of a paternalistic State.

#18

Yes, marijuana (cannabis) should be legalized

  1. Jesse [46] argued:
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    Most of the time when someone claims marijuana to be the doorway or gateway drug to other drugs, they know almost NOTHING about marijuana.

    So I will help fix that now.

    Here are the facts:

    1. Marijuana is not physically addictive. There is nothing in it that your body can become dependent on.

    2. Marijuana is certainly a candidate for mental decencies as is most other things that provide stress relief or an escape. Most people are not prone to form dependencies though as that is an actual personality disorder.

    3. Marijuana can benefit society and the economy tremendously. Look up any non-bias pro-marijuana article on google and read the facts.

    4. By legalizing marijuana you are propagating safe distribution of it and lowering the amount of crime involving marijuana. It would not be sold by dealers anymore which is a good thing because many dealers can lace their weed with other drugs in order to get someone addicted to it so they will make more sales from them.

    5. Marijuana is not illegal because of any scientific study or research done to prove it is bad like with other drugs. To quote family guy: “Pot is illegal because William Randolph Hearst
    ran a smear campaign against marijuana in the 1930’s to protect his interests in the timber industry because hemp was poised to replace wood
    as an inexpensive raw material for the manufacture of paper.” -Brian Griffin

    This is entirely true.

    I’ve tried marijuana and I didn’t personally enjoy it. I can understand why someone else might enjoy it but it’s not for me. My friends smoke it and through affiliation if I am hanging out with them and they get caught and arrested I would get arrested as well even though I don’t smoke it. If marijuana was legal I wouldn’t have to worry about that.

  2. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    Just legalise it and get on with life. AFAIK, the stuff is *generally* harmless on its own – the problems come from lacing it with other ingredients. The issue is totally an economic one: just legalise it and spend the maximum bang for the buck on stopping hard drugs and chemical contamination. BTW, I’ve never done marijuana or any other kind of drugs before.

  3. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    too much money has been spent on something so stupid

  4. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    Cannabis is rather better than any kind of alcohol.

  5. Rebekka [1] argued:
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    The one who said no needs to learn that science shows it doesn’t lead anyone to try drugs that they otherwise never would have touched. If they try other drugs, it’s a choice that has nothing to do with their marijuana use.

    I say yes because marijuana can’t cure advanced stage cancer, but it eases it and gives your some more time on this planet. Instead of killing you. The chemo killed my mother before the cancer had a chance to.

  6. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    yes, the prison population wouldn’t be overcrowded for stupid shit and our tax dollars wouldn’t be wasted feeding the innocent while in incarceration. and it’s not really as harmful as people say

  7. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    The reasons why marijuana should be legal are endless and the harm it causes is so minimal it’s almost harmless. Fight harmful drug abuse and end marijuana prohibition.

  8. Liberty Lady [1] argued:
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    Because it is far safer than many things some people consume legally on a daily basis (i.e. cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, ritalin*, anti-depressants, aspirin, aspartame, saccharin, etc.) There are so many reasons why it should be legal, there isn’t enough time for me to possibly list them all. Between the medicinal uses and the sustainability of the plant, the possibilities for it and reasons why it should be legal are endless.

    Individual liberty is the biggest one for me though, IMO. NO ONE has the right to tell someone what they can or can’t do with their own body. If God himself gave me the will to choose, there is no man that will take that from me. “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you” Genesis 1:29 The Government has no business imposing subjective moral law on a supposedly “free” republic. To end the hypocrisy and suffering, we must end the Drug War!

  9. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    its safer than alcohol!!!

  10. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    YES. it would take drug dealers out of the game, not as many deaths, never been a recorded death from marijuana, it’s fucking herbal, and awesome, and makes you fucking explore the depths of your mind.

  11. Kel [1] argued:
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    It’s awesome.

  12. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    yes

  13. MIKE!!! [1] argued:
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    This debate has gone on long enough! The DEA, the police, and the government should realize that weed is literally less harmless than cigarettes. I still to this day have not found a good reason for why it should be illegal. I still do not understand why it is ok to get drunk, drive around, and go home and beat your wife, but it’s still not ok to light up a spliff at the end of a long day and relax while nothing bad happens to you at all. I smoke weed and drink all the time, and i have gotten into way more trouble over alcohol then weed, not just with the law, but with alot of things. Marijuana chills you out and makes way for a great social experience for you and your closest friends to enjoy. The only reason i’d ever been given for why weed is bad is because “it is illegal”. So, MAKE IT LEGAL!!! IT WONT BE BAD AT ALL. OK, so i guess since drinking isnt illegal, it’s still ok to get drunk, go out, kill someone, lose all consciousness, and itll just be fixed with a couple yrs in jail. The government needs to get real, just because it is illegal doesn’t mean its bad!

  14. kelly [7] argued:
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    IT’S NATURAL. There has never been a recorded death by marijuana. Everyone smokes it, and will smoke it anyway. It will stimulate the economy (and god knows we need that) and it would make everyone CHILL OUT.

  15. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    Hell, if tobacco is legal, why shouldn’t cannabis?

  16. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    because its a choice

  17. fran [1] argued:
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    yes. I know other drugs more dangerous that are legalized. Marijuana is good for some kind of pains.

  18. mature sex [1] argued:
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    Its better and safer then Vodka.

#4

No, marijuana (cannabis) should not be legalized

  1. Denis [67] argued:
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    Of cause, not. For most of our junkies, it’s the first step.
    Tobacco and alcohol eventually must be banned as well.
    But stuff comes first cause it makes people stop controlling themselves faster than other things.

  2. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    I feel that it should not be legalized because even if it is business policies probably would not change. Just because it becomes legal, a business have the right to reject employment to someone who smokes pot, a business does not have to change it’s policy and do not have to accept it. On one other note, me going into law enforcement, cops, city management personnel, or other jobs in the criminal justice field, will not accept their employees smoking pot. Im pretty sure alot of cops want to smoke pot, but departments will not tolerate this. Also will they put an age limit on this like alcohol, or will their be more kids addicted to it than they already are. Therefore you must work in this economic craziness, so would you choose a drug over employment. Companies policies do not have to change just because the state statute change.

  3. Anonymous [1694] argued:
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    because i smoked so much that my head is now the size of a balloon

  4. hipotecas [1] argued:
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    No please. It can be the dorr to other drugs.

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