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1. Posted by Kapuchok (Full Member 101 posts) 11y

What a tough question IMO. There are so many pros and cons on this issue. Feel free to discuss...

If Yes, why?
Is it less dangerous than alcohols, guns and other drugs such as cigarette?
Do you think it is used only for medical purpose?

If No, Why?
Is it affected tobacco companies?
Is it because Tax free?
Is it more dangerous than cigarette?

2. Posted by SKR (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

Hi Blitzy,

Good question. Personally I can see absolutely no reason why the Government should be allowed to ban the sale and use of marijuana. At the end of the day, the State should have no right to dictate what can and cannot be consumed by the individual, providing that consumption doesn't have a negative impact on society and/or other individuals.

No doubt smoking marijuana will harm the user and incur financial costs on society (providing the provision of health care is free at the point of use, otherwise it just incurs further financial costs on the user in the form of medical insurance) in the form of medical treatment, but no serious person argues that we should ban cigarettes and alcohol because of their financial costs to society. And in fact alcohol not only carries a financial cost but also increases the chances of physical violence and damage to the built environment. I've never seen anyone who is stoned display the slightest indication that they're about to walk over the other side of the road and punch someone in the face. The argument that the Government bans marijuana for the safety of individuals and society is utterly farcical.

What do you think on the issue ?

3. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

I don't think that it should be banned, we as adults should have the right to choose and accept responsibility for our own actions, by banning it you make it 'harder' to buy, pushing it into an unsafe underworld, it becomes more expensive and makes the wrong people rich....

4. Posted by tanjian (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

I agree with all of you so far. Canada has been debating this for a long time now. I'm happy that it has been decriminalized in our country.

I still don't understand how Tobacco and Alcohol are legal (in most countries) but not Marijuana. Marijuana is not a benign substance, but nothing is benign when consumed excessively. I'd rather have our government tax the sale of this drug than let the criminals make all the money.

Honestly, I think Marijuana is less harmful than Alcohol. After all, Alcohol can be a catalyst for violence. Marijuana on the other hand seems to be more of a catalyst for peace, stupid to brilliant ideas and sleep! When was the last time you saw stoners get into a brawl? When was the last time you saw an article stating Marijuana was consumed before domestic abuse occured?

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

yes, for reasons as stated on the alcohol/tobacco (although admitetdly that one is changing anyway) and legalising it solves a large smuggling/crime issue etc

6. Posted by Wenzel (Budding Member 38 posts) 11y

This one annoys me so much, I've even went to live in Holland on several occasions, where the attitude is much more relaxed. I do believe its becoming increasingly more difficult for any government to properly enforce this, as the number of smokers increase. And, like the passive smoking farce (which still hasn't been proved, depending on which side of the medical fence you sit) the health dangers as opposed to benefits hasn't been properly documented. I live in hope that as people of our age work toward positions of power within governments, so the need to lump all narcotics under the "drugs are bad" label, will lessen
wenzel

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Hmmm maybe I'm the only one here happy that it's illegal (at least in Australia).

Why? Well, it doesn't really matter what reasons I give you; if you want it legalised then my reasons will mean nothing.

But my main reason is that I have bumped into a few old school friends over the years, and every single one of them that has done nothing with there life just happen to be heavy dope smokers and have been for a good number of years. It seems to me that long term dope smoking seems to zap people of their motivation and get-up-and-go. They seem stoned when they're not, and seem to live their life in a constant daze.

I have also seen a link between dope smoking and schizophrenia. It seems that if someone is susceptible to a mental illness, then smoking pot can trigger it.

As for cigarettes, well again I think that they should be completely banned. It's just ludicrous that something that is almost guaranteed to take 10 years off your life is addictive! Blimey, these cigarette companies are bloody laughing!!!

Anyway, that's my opinion.

8. Posted by Kapuchok (Full Member 101 posts) 11y

I put this question here cuz I´ve been reading some stuff about Drugs Legalization and I wanna understand all this subject!! I canT say.. YES, AGREE or NO, DON´T AGREE!!
A couple years ago my opinion was that the marijuana/cannabis shouldn´t be legalize...and the reason was simple: "drugs are bad for our health".
Nowadays, I feel a litle bit confuse, this isn´t just ""drugs are bad for our health"...this is more than a simple reason!!
I have a close relative that smoked cannabis and afterwards it passed to take ectsacy!! Happily, today is clean, but all this subject affected me cuz it happen to a person I love!!
Every since I watch or read something about cannabis my mind goes to that person... and think... what would be if the drugs were free... what is that relative would tried to smoke...what if! what if!
Do you know what I mean??
I do not want to say with this that I´m agains..NO! Cuz Tabacco or alcool are much worse than marijuana...or.. with legalization "the sale of this drug than let the criminals make all the money"... or ..
by banning it you make it 'harder' to buy, pushing it into an unsafe underworld, it becomes more expensive and makes the wrong people rich......I agree with all of this... but ALL MY CONCERN GOES TO THIS POINT... I do not want to have another lovely relative living badly, feeling badly but I do not agree also that..."At the end of the day, the State should have no right to dictate what can and cannot be consumed by the individual, providing that consumption doesn't have a negative impact on society and/or other individuals." (You´re right in this point toidi).
Sorry for my english guys!!
This is my concern..hope you all get it!!;)
peace

9. Posted by tanjian (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Quoting james

Hmmm maybe I'm the only one here happy that it's illegal (at least in Australia).

Why? Well, it doesn't really matter what reasons I give you; if you want it legalised then my reasons will mean nothing.

But my main reason is that I have bumped into a few old school friends over the years, and every single one of them that has done nothing with there life just happen to be heavy dope smokers and have been for a good number of years. It seems to me that long term dope smoking seems to zap people of their motivation and get-up-and-go. They seem stoned when they're not, and seem to live their life in a constant daze.

Well, everyone is entitled to their opinion which is why we are at a forum. I just feel that if Alcohol and Tobacco is legal, then marijuana should legal as well.

I know what you mean about the stoners losing their get-up-and-go or motivation. I have friends who's has gone the way of the lost stoner (though some off them actually did pretty well after the phase). But there are also examples on the other side. I have a few friend that are crazy successful and major smokers. Two friends that I call the "power couple" one is employed as a trial lawyer, the other one used to be a CFO for a company and is now running their own business (pretty succesfully). Those two don't smoke all of the time, as they have a kid already, but man, did they smoke a lot and they still smoke at least every weekend (sometimes during the weeknights). I myself can not do what they do, but heck they are model citizens, smart, intelligent and considerate. So you never really do know whether the person will lose the motivation, or not be affected at all.

10. Posted by cdx (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

This thread can get reallllyyy lonnnnng......

Well, I think it should not. some people don't know their limits. If they were living in their own plannet I wouldn't care... but they are not ...