Should not marijuana be legal in all states?

I do not use it. It is more safe than tobacco and alcohol, also less addicting. It is more safe than transfat in food products and definetely more safe than the ecoli from produce outbreaks.

It does not create the "red neck" syndrome.

Update:

Also, alcohol is a very addicting drug, so are cigarettes--both considered to be health hazards, yet both legal?

Anyone ever wonder why obesity has more death statistics than alcohol or cigarettes? Yet, insurance of people who use alcohol and cigarettes is much higher than for obesity? Strange world.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I think it should be. I also think it less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. The reason it never will be is simple. The government would have a almost impossible time controlling the growing and distribution and therefore an almost impossible time trying to collect tax money from it like they do alcohol and tobacco. Unlike tobacco, marijuana is very easy to grow, it will grow in a wide variety of climates. And unlike alcohol, it is very easy to process with little or no equipment.

  • CS
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    1 decade ago

    It should be legal - but, as mentioned elsewhere, it is a weed that grows virtually anywhere, can be cultivated indoors for personal use, and would be virtually impossible to tax or otherwise regulate. In addition to the government's inability to regulate it, the pharmaceutical industry would lose money to it, and our entire law enforcment and prison system would drastically change when literally 100s of thousands of prisoners are released and prisons are left with less than half their population. Economically, legalization could be a nightmare unless alternative economic boons could be incorporated into the process. Revitalizing the hemp industry would be one way to boost the economy of legalization. Hemp (same family of plant but without the active ingredient of THC and also currently illegal) can be used for food, fuel, and fiber. It makes better fabric than cotton, using virtually no pesticides or chemicals. Millions of trees could be saved with the use of hemp for paper products, paper that would last far longer than that made from wood pulp. Hemp - and marijuana - could be a big part of the solution to global warming - eliminating the necessity of cutting down oxygen producing trees and becoming a non-oil alternative to fuel. Of course, big oil is not in favor of that one, either.

    To counter comments made earlier - a recent study showed that rats given marijuana actually grew MORE brain cells than their non-medicated counterparts. Marijuana has been shown to be beneficial for a number of illnesses and conditions. As for the propaganda regarding lung damage, MJ can be eaten as well as smoked, thereby eliminating all risk to the lungs. Lung damage is also minimized by the fact that folks who smoke weed smoke far less than the average cigarette smoker. As for impaired driving - I don't recommend it, but again, studies show that such impairment is widely overrated and is actually far less that that found with alcohol.

    Source(s): Source: United Press International Washington, D.C. -- Scientists said Thursday that marijuana appears to promote the development of new brain cells in rats and have anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects, a finding that could have an impact on the national debate over medical uses of the drug. Other illegal and legal drugs, including opiates, alcohol, nicotine and cocaine, have been shown to suppress the formation of new brain cells when used chronically, but marijuana's effect on that process was uncertain. Now, a team led by Xia Zhang of the department of psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon may have found evidence the drug spurs new brain cells to form in a region of the brain called the hippocampus, and this in turn reduces anxiety and depression. Marijuana appears "to be the only illicit drug whose capacity to produce increased ... neurons is positively correlated with its (anti-anxiety) and anti-depressant-like effects," Zhang and colleagues wrote in the November issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The paper was posted online Thursday. - 10/5/05 http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=5450 Marijuana and Driving: A Review of the Scientific Evidence (in part) It is well established that alcohol increases accident risk. Evidence of marijuana’s culpability in on-road driving accidents is much less convincing. Although cannabis intoxication has been shown to mildly impair psychomotor skills, this impairment does not appear to be severe or long lasting. In driving simulator tests, this impairment is typically manifested by subjects decreasing their driving speed and requiring greater time to respond to emergency situations. Nevertheless, this impairment does not appear to play a significant role in on-road traffic accidents. A 2002 review of seven separate studies involving 7,934 drivers reported, “Crash culpability studies have failed to demonstrate that drivers with cannabinoids in the blood are significantly more likely than drug-free drivers to be culpable in road crashes.” This result is likely because subject under the influence of marijuana are aware of their impairment and compensate for it accordingly, such as by slowing down and by focusing their attention when they know a response will be required. This reaction is just the opposite of that exhibited by drivers under the influence of alcohol, who tend to drive in a more risky manner proportional to their intoxication.
  • 1 decade ago

    There has been lots of research on this... I had a really great link of a list of all the studies but I somehow can't find it in my favorites. Basically it explained that marijuana is worse for you then tobacco by about 200%. However, since people don't smoke it as often as tobacco, the marijuana would be more safe.

    The reason I have had it explained to me is pretty simple.

    It is a drug of choice. It's that simple. Politicians like drinking and coke (but that won't be legal ever) so will not bother trying to legalize it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Of course it should be legal everywhere!

    Its just called enjoy with MODERATION!

    Just like alcohol or anything else thats legal.

    Plus when was the last time youve heard of violent crimes being committed by someone who is stoned off Marijuana??

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  • 1 decade ago

    No-the fact that is more safe than tobacco and alcohol is a myth. It slows down brain function and in more recent studies has shown it leads to using harder drugs and can leave long-term brain problems.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes it should. salvia divinorum is legal and it produces hallucinations stronger than LSD... they do not know why salvia does this.. now does that make sense? at least we know pot doesn't do have extreme harmful effects... it is just because of the industry and corporations that its illegal.. however, Marlboro is actually trying to market a cigarette mixed with mj... if they do this, they will make billions more.... and to that chic above me, mj does not kill brain cells, that is just what D.A.R.E tells little kids to try to get them to avoid it.... and while it may be a little harmful to inhale the smoke..its not nearly as harmful as it is to inhale smoke from cigarettes that contain so many toxins... OH, and you loose brain cells everyday... when you hit your head, when you sneeze, etc... you have billions upon billions...

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes!

    We have a drug law problem, that is much bigger than drug problem & only frustrates and delays those that want to overcome their addiction.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i beleave it should be legal cuz it is are life to do what we want with it no anyone else's and the only reason it is not legal is cuz the goverment cant dip in to the honey pot of it lol

  • 1 decade ago

    I find it interesting you rationalize marijuana with alcohol and tobacco. Which are not particularly good but are part of america and are impossible to ban. Maybe tobacco can because its not the cash crop it once was. Alchohol is probably here to stay. (see prohibition years) But why on earth would you want to unleash another horrible product on america? The two you mention are more than enough to kill ample americans each and every year we dont need anymore death causers.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You don't amoke it?

    Then what is it that makes you cite a bunch of opinions as facts?

    It causes a lot of problems that the users generally don't even realize are happening.

    Do some real research, then we can have a real discussion.

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