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

A few points:

1. It is an intellectually bankrupt argument to say that X should be legal because Y and Z are legal and they are much worse than X. So what if alcohol and cigarettes are legal? We all know the problems that these cause, so why add to it? Why not argue about the benefits of legalising marijuana instead of reverting to the "alcohol and cigarettes are legal" argument? They are two completely different topics.

2. Legalising marijuana, like many things, does not make the underground trade disappear. Legalising it will no doubt put some restrictions on it; such as the quantities in which it can be sold, the places from which it can be sold from, etc. and an underground market will still exist to get around these restrictions. As an example, can someone please name a city where prostitution has been legalised, with some rules and regulations, and drug addicted street walkers along with the whole underground prostitution trade (with it's links to organised crime, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, etc) has suddenly disappeared? The legal side will co-exist with the illegal side, but the legal side will still exist and may in fact grow.

12. Posted by rickwales (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

i think cannabis should be legalised world wide, there are many reasons why but i cant remember any right now...

just gonna go and raid the fridge while i think about it....

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

Explain to me again why we want to cannabilise legalism??

14. Posted by barby (Full Member 52 posts) 11y

Marijuana should be legalized, at least here in Canada (or at least my province of Canada) for many reasons, most importantly the financial benefit alone.

The amount of drugs being shipped out of my province is so large that were it to be legal, it would amount to one of our leading exports. This, of course, would be a utopia, as this would need another party to trade with (our best bet being the US)- and we all know that the chances of that happening anytime soon are slim to none. Nontheless, say the government makes it legal and sells it like cigarettes or alcohol. All they do is add a little tax on it and BINGO, huge revenue. People will consume it anyways, so they might as well make something out of it.

Police fines and drug crackdowns would become less necessary if it is more readily availiable. I know that when I watch the news, it is not a rare occurence to hear "Police busted another marijuana grow-op in a Vancouver suburb this afternoon". Of course, this problem wouldn't go away, but the number of police and search parties and arrests would surely decrease, which surely is a positive thing.

You can look at the strain on health care too. Comparing weed with tobacco and alcohol is somewhat unrelated, but if you look at the dammage that they cause to the health of individuals (Cancer being the second leading cause of death in Canada, and cardiovascular problems -i.e. heart disease- being the leading cause) it is evident that they are often directly causal to health care spending. People smoke and drink, and people get sick because of it, and the government has to pay for it. Now, I'm not saying that marijuana has no health risks attached to it, and indeed legalizing it would increase the rates of marijuana related sicknesses, but it is undeniable that it is not nearly as harmfull (unless you count stupidness and perma-stonedness) to one's body as other readily availiable drugs on the market. (This can be proven too... just look at how its only psychologically addictive versus the others that are physiologically addictive which is much worse)

Therefore, legalization would be more beneficial to society (by the decrease of spending and the increase of revenue) than it would be harmful.

These are just my thoughts, and they're related to where I'm living which is basically the pot capital of Canada, so perhaps my situation is different from many of yours. Quite an intersting debate though. If you had asked me a few years ago, I think my stance could have been quite different.

15. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Would it really make any difference if marijuana was legalized. Decriminalisation would probably suffice.

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

Even if the marijuana should be or not be legalize... I guess the most important is to alert the young people!
I´ve found this article:
(check this out)

Marijuana: Facts For Teens

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

Quoting rickwales

i think cannabis should be legalised world wide, there are many reasons why but i cant remember any right now...

just gonna go and raid the fridge while i think about it....

  • LOL* That was great!

Like I said before everything including water can be harmful when used excessively. I just wish the decision and responsibility to decide rested with the citizen.

As for James... argument on what's more harmful than what.. yes its true in the end it doesn't matter which is more harmful potentially or not (hypocrisy of government was the point). As a liberal person, I think people should have a choice. In the west, there are many laws that prohibit people from certain actions, substances, ie. Euthanasia, Marijuana etc... etc... But in the end, if you are not harming any one else, then it should be YOUR life and your decision. And offcourse there will always be an underground, but imagine the taxes.

I'm just happy they finally decriminalized it in I believe most of Canada.

18. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

i feel like marijuana is not going anywhere anytime soon, so why not make a bad situation better. ive tried and experimented with it and my question to myself is would i would i want to see my kids smoking it, not that i am going to have kids anytime soon. bc i dont want to be a "dont do as i do, do as i say" parent. i wouldnt want to smoke out with my kids. its too weird. but i know many parents who do and many kids who do. it seems to me alot of people do smoke pot on occasion. whether from ivy league schools or working at burger king. of course there are the crazy few who take it to extreme. but that will always be the case. but give people some choices to make for themselves and i believe the rest of society can become better for it.

19. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The less government control, the better

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

[quote=tanjianAs a liberal person, I think people should have a choice. But in the end, if you are not harming any one else, then it should be YOUR life and your decision. [/quote]
How do you know you are not harminh anyone else? How do I know that the person next to me in the traffic that is driving like he has a death wish is not high-as-a-kite on something? I reckon he probably is, and a lot of the times I don't think it's just alcohol.