[quote name='J i m b o']I am pro legalization for the reasons of:
- The Government itself would make MILLIONS of dollars more in taxes, helping the economy no matter where you live.
- There are much more things worse than marijuana . (Cigarettes, Alcohol, Even the common over the counter substance such as nyquil can be abused)
- Residents of California can get a cannabis card if they have cancer, anxiety, or any medical reason really.
- Nobody has died from smoking weed.
- People can still drive while stone,high,baked, whatever you would want to call it, unlike alcohol where many people have died from driving while intoxicated.
There are many more reasons but I cbf to list them all.[/QUOTE]
I personally have never smoked Marijuana/Marajuana, whatever your spelling, so I can't offer a fair judgement for pro apart from knowledge from other people's experience which may or may not be bias. Either way I'm going to offer my opinion as I enjoy debates.
[QUOTE]- The Government itself would make MILLIONS of dollars more in taxes, helping the economy no matter where you live.[/QUOTE]
I think this is the main point for legalisation of the drug.
[QUOTE]- There are much more things worse than marijuana . (Cigarettes, Alcohol, Even the common over the counter substance such as nyquil can be abused)[/QUOTE]
IMO You can't consider this a point as just about everything can be "abused". You can drink too much water in a short space of time and die (like 4L in half an hour or something, i think). You can take too much paracetamol and kill yourself, etc. Although if compared death rates from your examples would be much higher.
You can also get [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_dependence]Cannabis Dependence[/url]
See my quote at the bottom of the post for why this is bad.
[QUOTE]- People can still drive while stone,high,baked, whatever you would want to call it, unlike alcohol where many people have died from driving while intoxicated.[/QUOTE]
I'd like to know how you know this? From what i would imagine to be true, driving whilst stoned would be illegal even if cannabis was legalised due to the dangers of driving whilst high.
[QUOTE]While many drugs clearly fall into the category of either stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogen, cannabis exhibits a mix of all properties, perhaps leaning the most towards hallucinogenic or psychedelic properties, though with other effects quite pronounced as well.[/QUOTE]
Hallucinations whilst driving would be bad, although apparently only some users experience hallucinations.
[QUOTE]- Nobody has died from smoking weed.[/QUOTE]
While you could possibly argue that this is true, as unless someone has an extreme allergic reaction to THC or the like, you can't say cannabis has killed someone, it's found to be one of the most harmful drugs (according to [i]The Lancet[/i]:
- An increased risk of Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.
- A suspected link between cannabis use and heart disease (although not firmly established).
- Arguably a higher chance of contracting Lung Cancer (conflicting survey's).
[quote name='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marajuana']Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved smoked marijuana for any condition or disease in the United States, largely because good quality scientific evidence for its use from U.S. studies is lacking; however, a major barrier to acquiring the necessary evidence is the lack of federal funding for this kind of research. Regardless, fourteen states have legalized cannabis for medical use. Canada, Spain, The Netherlands and Austria have also legalized cannabis for medicinal use.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE]Cannabis-associated respiratory disease can refer to neoplastic processes or to structural damage to the lung.
It it often compared to the damage done by tobacco, but it is the subject of much less study. Cannabis is sometimes considered more dangerous because filters are usually not used, and sometimes considered less dangerous because different molecules are involved.[/QUOTE]