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A Thoughtful Look at the Marijuana Legalization Trend

exterminate Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 3:59 PM
Did she mention the costs to society of prohibition at all? The misdirection of police resources away from violent criminals? The release of violent criminals early to make room for drug users in prison? The drive by shootings of innocent bystanders due to drug trafficking? The death of 100,000 on our borders due to smuggling? The increase in property crime due to addicts having to pay black market prices for their "fix"? The increase in use that has occurred since prohibition began? The reduction in potential tax revenue from those with criminal records? The loss of ability to get an education for those with a record? There was no mention of "both" sides at all. Prohibitionists never like to discuss the costs of their ideas.

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...