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The War on Pot: Not a Safe Bet

ECGTB Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 3:06 PM
What people need to understand is that the war on drugs has been incredibly successful at its goals of expanding state power and distributing money. Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug and the easiest to spot. If you legalize it, the entire structure collapses along with everything it provides for those in power.
rk58 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 9:48 PM
@ECGTB: exactly. I think that is the *real* goal, expand government power and create a state of permanent crisis to justify it. History says you can't make things people want illegal and expect it will stop. It just drives the entire market underground. And those that run the underground business use that money to fund all types of illegal activity.. Better to have it legal.. I know for many this constitutes a slap in the face for moral behavior (just like making alcohol legal again).. but we have to start taking our streets back. And legalization would be a HUGE step toward that.
As recreational drugs go, marijuana is relatively benign. Unlike alcohol, it doesn't stimulate violence or destroy livers. Unlike tobacco, it doesn't cause lung cancer and heart disease. The worst you can say is that it produces intense, unreasoning panic. Not in users, but in critics.

Those critics have less influence all the time. Some 18 states permit medical use of marijuana, and in November, Colorado and Washington voted to allow recreational use. Nationally, support for legalization is steadily rising. A decade ago, one of every three Americans favored the idea. Today, nearly half do -- and among those under 50, a large...