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...
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Comparing legal booze to legal marijuana is a red herring. Societies have been dealing with alcohol use and abuse since the dawn of time.... and the downside to its use is well understood. As Rachel points out, it contains only one ingredient -- ethanol -- whereas marijuana contains a witch's brew of hundreds of known & unknown substances. If you choose to drink alcohol, you at least know its potency (alcohol content) and the short-term & long-term risks. With marijuana you don't know what you're sucking into your lungs. Reading the previous posts, I don't expect much agreement with my views. So, save yourself the time of rebuttal. Cheers!
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