At 3/25/12 03:23 AM, Synde wrote:
Honestly I don't know why it is illegal. There probably isn't a legitimate reason
1. Because after a several-decade long "War on Drugs" that has been incredibly expensive, ruined countless lives, and all in all been nothing but a complete miserable failure, for the government to finally admit it was wrong and reverse their position would require a level of maturity, humility, and reason that it just doesn't have.
2. Because taking a strong stance against drugs ensures votes from various far-right leaning pricks who feel that their personal moral values should be imposed on the entire state/country.
3. Because legally sold weed would cut into the profits of alcohol and tobacco companies, who wield substantial lobbying power in Washington.
4. Because of straight-up, unabashed racism. The War on Drugs effects poor urban communities more than anyone else, communities that tend to be largely composed of minorities.
Wait, shit, you said "legitimate reasons." Uh, nevermind.
At 3/25/12 03:33 AM, tox wrote:
slows reaction time,
So do perfectly legal drugs like alcohol and various prescription medications, not getting enough sleep, eating a big dinner, etc...
is very commonly laced with other drugs
is used in massive drug things around the world
it kills people over the sale of it all over the world
These problems only exist because it's illegal. If the production, distribution, and sale of weed was regulated like any other legal product, there would be no lacing, there would be no cartels, and there would be no bad deals.
it however is becoming legal around the world very slowly, and in my opinion it is a mistake to allow younger children to far more easily and wide spread to be able to aquire the stuff...
If it was legalized and regulated, it would become far more difficult for kids to get their hands on it.
And while we're at it, the moralistic arguments of "it makes you stupid!" or "it makes you lazy!" are idiotic because even if they were true (they aren't), it's not illegal to be stupid or lazy, and there are plenty of other things that make you stupid and lazy that are already perfectly legal (like watching reality TV).