I think the point that Cardinal is making is why not do the same for tobacco and alcohol. Make them illegal but limit punishment to fines. Certainly those 2 aren't helping public health much.
If somebody is ambitious enough to produce their own, so be it. As long as they don';t get caught, it will surely discourage many.
Until 10 years ago, possession of marijuana in any amount was a felony in NV. So, we have/had tens of thousands of decent people that are now ex-felons. Nowadays, the fines are the main response to illegal possession.
But consistency and rationality dictate that all these things be in one category or another. Alcohol is definitely a near-dangerous drug and tobacco is a major health problem.
Please notice I don't bring up obesity. That is simply not a deliberate negative health condition.
Easy to answer.
I have known a number of people who would be considered obese. I have seen their valiant efforts at diet and exercize and yet, as one of them put it "I drink a glass of water and I gain 5 pouns". In short, there are many obese people who are not obese because of irresponsible choices but because of metabolic and genetic hereditary issues. To punish anyone for something that is not a complete choice, is as morally wrong as I can imagine. Myself, I am anything ut obese, I'm what you would call slender.
Tobacco is a completely different choice. True, it is highly addictive and for some, at least, very difficult to quit. But it isn't impossible to quit. I am a smoker and I would still advocate for eliminating all formal, legal options to continue my habit with. If I just can't quit, then I must choose to take the risk of growing and curing my own tobacco, in secret and in shame. Since I have a "black thumb", I assure you I would just quit. But it certainly has been my CHOICE to continue.
I hate pot, it stinks and the users are typically idiots. but it should be a state issue, abolish the Federal Law.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
I don't know the answer to that and neither IMHO do you.
I personally know several (women) who diet carefully and still gain weight. In one case, I believe it is thyroid conditions. I'm not qualified to make this judgement in general.
In any case, I don't think it is at all appropriate to make this judgement since it condemns the innocent and the guilty alike. It is not comparable to any of the other options under discussion. There is not one person in the world that has no options in addictions. There are certainly some people for whom weight is not under their control. You must buy drugs. You don't "buy" weight.
I might support an insurance company decision to add a fee IF the MD has determined that the weight problem is entirely voluntary.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Yes. Absoultely. Legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. Decriminalize "hard drugs" and control them. End the Idiotic War on (some) Drugs.