"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi
I just dont like the idea of an entire country and its citizens having complete access to weed and being able to get hammered so easily. There should be a limit otherwise it could be dangerous for the US. There is health hazards attatched to weed and the fact that you can get high from it should make us pay more attention to the danger factors. Im a big fan of weed myself but from a rational perspective even i dont agree it should be legalized. I mean, if it was legalized where i am, i would be a total vegetable right now if it was as easy as walking to the corner shop and buying it hassle free.
Last edited by kaya'08; 05-17-09 at 06:21 PM.
"If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in quite a different world" - Christopher Hitchens
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Yes, it should be legalized. I don't use the stuff, but I know some who do and when comparing the effects of marajuana vs alcohol on behavior, the evidence I've seen points to pot being the less destructive of the two.
Marijuana laws in this country are the product of racist and basically wrong thinking. Anyone believing otherwise needs to do a Google on Harry Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
Drug laws are ineffective, irrational, and ultimately un-Constitutional. Every last one of them should be repealed. Immediately.
The effects of the war on drugs :
On Race :
Race and the Drug War
On Crime :Although African Americans comprise only 12.2 percent of the population and 13 percent of drug users, they make up 38 percent of those arrested for drug offenses and 59 percent of those convicted of drug offenses causing critics to call the war on drugs the "New Jim Crow." The higher arrest rates for African Americans and Latinos do not reflect a higher abuse rate in these communities but rather a law enforcement emphasis on inner city areas where drug use and sales are more likely to take place in open-air drug markets where treatment resources are scarce.
Crime | Drug War Facts
The chart at the right illustrates the homicide rate in the United States from 1900 to 1998. It is important to note that each of the most violent episodes in this century coincide with the prohibition on alcohol and the escalation of the modern-day war on drugs. In 1933 the homicide rate peaked at 9.7 per 100,000 people, which was the year that alcohol prohibition was finally repealed. In 1980, the homicide rate peaked again at 10 per 100,000.
On Public Health :
Simply speaking the war on drugs is an abomination. It has caused racial disparities in our justice system. It is responsible for MORE crime then it has stopped and finally it has aided in the spread of life threatening deceases. There is no reason to continue it. And if there is. At the very least make marijuana legal and go after really dangerous **** like meth.Many of the problems the drug war purports to resolve are in fact caused by the drug war itself. So-called "drug-related" crime is a direct result of drug prohibition's distortion of immutable laws of supply and demand. Public health problems like HIV and Hepatitis C are all exacerbated by zero tolerance laws that restrict access to clean needles. The drug war is not the promoter of family values that some would have us believe. Children of inmates are at risk of educational failure, joblessness, addiction and delinquency. Drug abuse is bad, but the drug war is worse." See What's Wrong With the Drug War?
The best part about the people who support keeping weed illegal is that a lot of them say it makes you lazy. Like that is a bad thing when I work 60-70 hours a week and just want my body to relax without taking nasty government approved FDA supported **** that will get rid of my headaches but give me a million disgusting side effects.
Last edited by Hatuey; 05-17-09 at 07:59 PM.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Prisons stuffed to overflowing with drug crime convicts, a near civil war south of the border because drug gangs are greedy to gather their slice of America's underground economy, the potential to boost state and federal revenues by attaching sin taxes to drugs, and you can't find a compelling reason?
The compelling reason is this: Neither America nor Mexico can afford much more of an ill-conceived and largely illegal (or at the very least unconstitutional) "War on Drugs."
The war on drugs is a failure and waste of our tax dollars
~Following My Own Flow~