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...
Two problems with pot legalization. Driving under the influence. With Alcohol levels can be easily measured and determined. Not so with Pot. There is no simple Breathalyzer to determine if someone recently smoked a doobie. The danger that poses to others is considerable. The second would be the "Amsterdam" phenomena. That places is a "shiite hole" The legal pot and hash lead to other drugs and it is a sewer (although it also has some great parts also) I have mixed feelings about legalization. The Libertarian in me says, it should be no problem what an individual does, tax it, and treat it like alcohol but that is countered by the harm it can be to Society and the "Gateway" drug aspect of it.
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.
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