Why is marijuana illegal while tobacco and alcohol are legal?

Tobacco and nicotine: plant/found in plants; stimulant drug; extremely high amounts can be fatal; carcinogen; mood altering drug; dependence quickly developed

Alcohol: manmade; dependence easily developed; psychoactive drug; state of mind altering drug; high amounts can be fatal (alcohol poinsoning"

Marijuana (THC): psychoactive drug; plant/made from plants; not fatal; mood altering; state of mind altering; non carcinogen; no dependence

Why does the government legalize and control alcohol and tobacco but not marijuana? Not only is it used despite the law, it would be a large source of revenue for the states.

PLEASE NO PERSONAL OPINIONS, such as "marijuana is bad and illegal that's why" or "weed is awesome everyone should smoke it every day."

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  • LTP
    Lv 4
    6 years ago
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    Because the drug money is laundered through the big banks who have taken over the country through the issuance of counterfeit notes known as "federal reserve" (public dispensary) notes. The excess and secrecy allows for the laundering. Check out "wachovia launders 378 billion dollars" and given fines around 150 million.

    Prohibition Statistics

    • Alcohol Prohibition (MSNBC)

    A) Arrests for drunkenness and disorderly conduct up 41%

    B) Homicides, Assaults, and batteries up 13%

    C) Number of Federal convicts up 561%

    D) Federal Prison Population up 366%

    E) Total spending on penal institutions up 1,000%

    Host "We have the same exact kind of enormous jumps in incarceration, crime, and prison expenditure under this current pot prohibition."

    • "The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law for nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase in crime in this country is closely connected with this."

    -Albert Einstein

    "Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

    - Abraham Lincoln

    • Each year the United States spends 350 billion dollars on the war on drugs.

    • On any given day in the United States 1 in 9 African American males between the ages of 20 and 34 is incarcerated.

    • Mexico declares war on drug cartels in December of 2006 (BBC)

    A 2006: 270 drug related deaths

    B) 2009: 16,337 drug related deaths

    • Judge Jim Gray (Reason TV)

    - In 1990 we were only half as successful in prosecuting homicides as we were in 1980 due to the Reagan administration ratcheting up the drug war. This due to prosecutorial resources being devoted to drug related "offenses".

    - In Holland marijuana use is legal for everyone 16 and older. Coffee shops include marijuana. The minister of health recently held a press conference in which he stated that marijuana use within his country was half that of the United States both for adults and teenagers. He claimed that they had succeeded in making pot "boring".

    • Drug offenders in prisons and jails have increased 1,100% since 1980. Nearly 6 in 10 persons in prison for a drug offense have no history of violence or high-level drug selling activity (not that it would be a problem. Just a fact. / November Coalition)

    • According to the UN, drug prohibition has seen increases in the use of opiates, cocaine and marijuana to the effect of

    -Opiates 34%

    -Cocaine 27%

    -Marijuana 8.5% (Worldwide presumably. CNN)

    • Prison Population (BBC)

    -United States: 2,193,798

    -China: 1,548,498 (overall population 1,344,130,000)

    -Russia: 874,161

    -Brazil: 371,482

    • According to DEA: (Google Tech Talks)

    -4 million drug users in 1965 (2% of overall population)

    -112 million drug users in 2003 (46% of overall population)

    • Wholesale cocaine costs 60% less / Heroin costs 70% less (Google Tech Talks)

    • Heroin overdose rate: (Google Tech Talks)

    - 1979 = 28 deaths per 100,000 users

    - 2003 = 141 deaths per 100,000 users

    • Approximately $30,000 per year per inmate

    • 39 Million drug arrests under drug prohibition

    • 1914 = 1.3% addicted to drugs/ 2002 = 1.3% addicted to drugs (Google Tech Talks)

    • % of crimes resolved by arrest or other means (Google tech talks)

    - 1965: Murders 91%

    - 2006: Murders 60.7%, Forcible rape 40.9%, Robbery 25.2%, Aggravated Assault 54.0%, Burglary 12.6%, Larceny-theft 17.4%, Motor vehicle theft 12.6%

    • Decriminalized Drugs

    1. Netherlands 1976

    2. Portugal 2001

    3. Mexico 2009

    4. Argentina 2009

    Source(s): • Marijuana use by tenth graders in Netherlands: 28% / Marijuana use by tenth graders in the United States 41% (Google Tech Talks)
  • Mike
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Do you understand how laws are passed? Many laws are just posturing by legislators to make themselves look good back home, like decreeing that the state will not adopt Sharia law. Keeping mj illegal will get more votes than offering to make it legal. When that changes, pot will be legal.

  • 6 years ago

    Because TOO Much of a Bad Thing ( like Smoking IS- Period ), is no good for ANY-One. So WHY legalize something ELSE- to Smoke ?! :o

  • 6 years ago

    Hierarchy of capitalism.

    The poor get no say, the rich decide everything.

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