By what I have heard, the THC in marijuana when used in the CORRECT ways (by burning in liquid and inhaling the vapors) can actually HELP you in numerous ways. For one, it smells nice (by what I have been told), and for two, it clears out toxins in your lungs. By smoking certain kinds of weed, as in ones with lower THC, you can reduce stress and relieve pain. Hell, marijuana has been clinically proven to help cancer patients raise their survival rating, if not, be cured from cancer. Marijuana is used in a variety of products, most of which are for medicinal purposes to be consumed once or twice withing a certain period of a prescribed time.
Before dissing marijuana as something that can only be smoked, make sure you do your research and maybe you'll realize that there's a lot more to marijuana than getting high. Frankly, the ones getting high off of weed are using marijuana with unsafe levels of THC and other things within the pot itself. You have to make sure you know what you're putting into that blunt before smoking it, otherwise, you'll be doing more damage than healing; and by legalizing marijuana, you can have regulations in place to keep the amounts of THC in marijuana meant for consumption at safe levels. Also, why don't we acquit those non-violent marijuana users of all charges right now and save the prisons a lot of space, money and time wasted?
The way I see it, with regulation, the legalization of marijuana can actually help the economy. For one, it can be a popular product sold to outside countries, who already have legalized weed, which will increases international trade. That right there, if the amount of countries legalizing weed gets higher (no pun intended), will likely lead to billions in GDP for the US. Why not legalize weed on a federal level and help the economy grow? For one, legalizing marijuana will give us hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the forms of growers, dealers and product manufacturers, and for two, we're looking at a multi-billion dollar a year industry with revenues as high as tens of billions of dollars yearly! Seriously! I think lifting the federal ban on weed will do this country a LOT more good than harm. It worked for alcohol and yet, somehow it's still more dangerous than weed, AND LEGAL (if you're the right age, that is), why can it not work for marijuana? Why all the hate on cannabis?