1. It will boost the economy and improve society. Our law enforcement can focus on real criminals and we will save an estimated 9 billion a year in taxes that we have been paying to lock harmless potheads up.
California alone expects to generate $14 billion a year from legalizing it and taxing it.
2. "It makes you a loser in life"
Steve Jobs, creator of Apple Computers and your Ipod is a self confessed "hippie burnout".
Michael Phelps' athletic ability and motivation has obviously not been affected by marijuana.
Montel Williams is an activist for legalization, has a prescription for it, and hes more successful than probably anybody you know.
Governor Schwarzenegger smoked it on video in the 80's, and now says its time that we start looking into the benefits of taxing and decriminalizing it.
Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg was asked if he ever smoked pot, he said yes. Then he was asked if he liked it and he said "you bet I did".
Other famous people who have admitted to smoking pot and support legalization:
Stephen King (author)
"So many people will become addicted to it and it will ruin society"
I live here in Silicon Valley. I'm a computer programmer. I've worked for Google, Cisco, and Sun Microsystems before starting my own business. I smoke marijuana (have had my prescription for 4 years now), and so did many of my colleagues. The people running this website you are using are most likely stoners. That's the Bay Area, California, where everybody and their grandma has a prescription. Anybody who says it would ruin society has never been here or they might be a little more open minded. San Jose and San Francisco are the cutting edge when it comes to innovative companies and we embrace pothead culture out here, always have and always will.
3. Portugal decriminalized all drugs a while back. TIME MAGAZINE reported on it and analyzed whether it improved society or not. It was nothing but positive changes afterwards.
The following countries have decriminalized marijuana and none of them are suffering negative consequences from it or they would obviously go back to making it illegal:
South and Western Australia
4. It takes away power from the bad guys. If the government legalizes it and taxes it, it puts a lot of drug lords out of business and our DEA can focus on the more serious drugs if they feel the need to continue our failed War on Drugs.
5. It doesn't cause lung cancer like cigarettes do. THC actually kills cancer cells, which is why its safe to prescribe to cancer patients here in California. Donald Tashkin is the top cancer researcher for the Federal Government. He is the guy that studied cigarettes and gave his research to the government. The government then used that research to put warning labels on cigarette packs that you see today. This very same man heads the research center at UCLA and ran the LARGEST STUDY OF ALL TIME which he finished a few years ago, and concluded that marijuana does not cause cancer. There's been lots of SMALL INDEPENDENT research groups with their own agendas that have said it does cause cancer, but they are always little firms involving a few volunteers. Tashkin's study involved over 1200 volunteers, and every credible research institution has agreed with him (Harvard, Stanford, etc.). Next time somebody tells you "there's all kinds of medical studies that say its does this or it does that", ask them who did the study, ask them which credible oranization ran that study. That will end any argument right there and then. At least it should, but some people continue to be ignorant, even when presented with facts.
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· 10 years ago