Originally Posted by ghostFL
It is illegal because it HAS BEEN illegal for so long. It was first made illegal because white men believed Negro slaves would smoke it and go in a rage and rape their white women.
And it remains illegal today because it would be too hard to tax it. And if the government can't make money off it, NO ONE GETS TO!
did you know that in the 50s police in america apealled of rand sucesfully got higher calibre handguns because they thought that the currentl guns at the time were not sufficient for stopping drug crazed negros?
even bigger fact, the first drug ever to become illegal was opium, it was made illegal in sanfrancisco as a way of repressing the high chinese population that had come to america building the railroads.
drug laws are traditionally all built around racisim and class divide.
it used to be popular to take certain drugs, (opium, methadone, heroine, cocaine). after the highclass stopped taking it and it because something that the common people did, then it starts becoming illegal.
and if it were taxed surely the government has got to realise that all the money that people spend on drugs they could be getting a piece of. but it's one of those genie bottle things. you can't try it out without the damage being permenantly done
Originally Posted by Thrasher
You can't honestly expect a country to operate beneficially with legalized marijuana. ... they all become paranoid schizophrenics, ... Unemployment rates would become ridiculous...
...you'd probably have stoned kids breaking into people's houses more often looking for more weed as well as their TV. You'd have thousands of criminals making a solid income by dealing when everybody else endures a real job.
...became so popular and so boring they would want to experiment, which is why everybody got into weed.
why not? lots of people hold high profile jobs and take enough drugs to kill large mamals at the weekend each and every week, different strokes for different folks everyone handles things differently, sweeping statements don't help!
yes, mental illness is perhaps one of the bigger reasons that it should be illegal, however latest research from the government shows that even though more people are taking drugs there are not more cases of mental illness, so that link whilst not destroyed is not as proven as it once was
I manage to smoke week and still hold down a job, I manage to drink and still hold down a job, of course you always get a few, (like the alcoholics who can't hold a job this is them, not the drug or it's leagal state).
Kids don't break into people's houses to steal cigarettes or alcohol. why would they break in if it were legal to sell in shops and they could just walk into a newsagents?
no criminals wuld make an income by dealing, because it'd be legal, so it's controlled and taxed, sold at cigarette counters etc. it actually makes a lot of people who are currently criminals have
to find a real job.
true, people do like to dance with danger... but the situation is no different to what it is now. you're talking about the same people really.
Originally Posted by Ahyoka
My motto? Everything in moderation. Too much of anything is bad for you.
Granted, I've never smoked weed but I have friends who have..it's their lives, not mine. Personally I try not to smoke, every now and again I'll smoke a cigarette or have a social drink...I dip more tobacco than anything though..helps me think mo' clearly when I need to
chewing tabacco... won't be fun when your gums are cancerous.
(this lead to mouth cancers far quicker than smoking).