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A Thoughtful Look at the Marijuana Legalization Trend

buster33 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:27 PM
At some point I thought the author was going to write "you really need to see the movie Reefer Madness to realize how bad this stuff is." No serious person would argue there are no potential negative side effects from using marijuana. However, the misuse of statistics brings to mind Twain's "there are lies, damn lies, and statistics." I look forward to using this essay in a liberty course I teach. The allusion to Mill's "harm principle" borderlines on funny. It doesn't take a degree in creativity to use this same principle to justify outlawing anything.
Ms Kelly Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:42 PM
You just said eveything I was thinking while reading the article. Thanks.
Illbay Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:30 PM
I think it is constitutional for states to legalize Marijuana. That said, I would leave any state that did so. I don't want to live with the consequences.

A free society chooses to do the right thing, regardless of what the law says. And pretending that it is "right" to use pot is just stupid.
exterminate Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 6:56 PM
IIIbay: What were those consequences for the first 140 years of our existence as a country? You do realize that it wasn't made illegal until 1937, right? And that it has been on earth longer than man? So, is it better now that it is illegal, or was it better before 1937? If it was so bad back then, why didn't our founders put its ban in our constitution? I guess you haven't traveled much, huh? You do know that countries without marijuana persecution not only have lower crime rates, but lower rates of usage, right? Why do you insist on laws that give an incentive for criminals to make billions from a plant? Do you think massive profits lead to fewer people selling something? I'm always curious when people make statements that make no sense..
george293 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 10:19 AM
You are insane. There are people all around you smoking marijuana right now. The numbers wouldn't change significantly if it were legal - they just wouldn't have to be criminals any more for doing what they should have the right to do.

Society is gradually becoming more liberal – or libertine – in many ways, and one of the latest trends is the gradual legalization of marijuana in one state after another. This past election, voters approved marijuana for legal (recreational) use in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana has been legalized for recreational or medicinal use in 13 states, with more states to consider it soon. 15 million Americans are regular users of marijuana, a little over 5% of of the population. It seems problematic to criticize its legalization from a logical perspective considering alcohol, another psychoactive substance, is legal. If it is acceptable...