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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 months ago

Why is tobacco legal but pot isn't, shouldn't it be the other way around?

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  • 2 months ago
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    As long as anonymous trolls are talking about driving impared you should compare it to alcohol, the real reason it is illegal.  Brewers don't want competition.  The reason it is criminal has to do with locking up black people. 

    No matter what you want to compare it to, it causes less harm to one's health.

  • 2 months ago

    Because cities would have a negative loss with making tobacco illegal and weed 

    legal with loss in revenue. I see at least multiple arrest for drugs and court dates 

    and a lot of fines for people doing drugs on my facebook feed for the local court 

    house. 

  • ?
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Tobacco and marijuana are both legal in Canada.

  • 2 months ago

    because silly liberals passed the law to support their buddies in the tobacco industry

  • Ivan
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Pot is now legal in several states, and taxed heavier than is tobacco.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Tobacco is legal because tobacco is a plant that only existed in the New World. In pre-Columbian times, there was no tobacco outside of the Americas. Tobacco thus became a major cash crop export from the Americas, first from the British colonies, then from the United States. That gave rise to Big Tobacco, whose propaganda machine actually had people convinced smoking had great positive health benefits and which still to this day doesn't concede that tobacco causes cancer. All that capital built up around the tobacco industry over the past 400 years through mostly global sales and it having been a major contributor to US GDP and America's agricultural economy is why tobacco has stayed legal-- tremendous economic forces behind it are making it legal.

    Marijuana only became illegal in the US in the 20th century. Marijuana was never a cash crop and grows wild all over the world. When marijuana was made illegal, it was most often grown by the people who used it because, like a weed, it is a very hardy plant and will grow just about anywhere. So there was no huge lobby to protect it. The current legalization of marijuana that we're seeing now is the result of it being made illegal and it becoming something people buy instead of grow because of the high criminal liability risk of growing it. As people have realized what a huge commodity it has become, that all that economy shouldn't be siphoned off by drug lords who don't pay taxes and to other countries where the criminal penalty for growing large crops of marijuana don't exist, the argument is finally being made that all that economy should remain here because the laws aren't preventing people from smoking marijuana but instead are simply costing the US economy a huge amount of GDP and US and state governments a huge amount of tax revenue. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Give it time. Once the government figures out how to make more money on cannabis than it does on Tobacco, it'll happen.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Why is smoking tobacco bad, but smoking pot good?  Medical and health positions.  The answer is this.  It is the position of the liberal advocates.   They will storm your business and burn it down if you disagree with their politics. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    NO one has ever crashed a car and killed a person while (or hours) after smoking a cigar/cigarette/pipe. Tobacco does not have mind(reality)/reaction altering affects on the brain. We don't need one more ways to drive impaired. 

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