A number of U.S. states are planning to legalize marijuana. Do you agree or disagree with this policy, and why?
Despite having been raised for most part of my life where marijuana is considered an illegal drug and smuggling enough of it gets you death penalty, I would agree with legalizing marijuana. I'm not well-versed in its full range of medicinal benefits, but seeing as it's pretty much smoking a plant straight up, and it doesn't drive anyone to do things that hurt anyone else, why not make it legal?
If alcohol is still legal despite the amount of people who get aggressive or violent under the influence, despite the number of deaths and injuries resulting from being very intoxicated, and the long-term damage it does to your liver, then I'm not seeing why marijuana shouldn't be. People don't get AGGRESSIVE when they're high. They're susceptible to getting a little tubby from the munchies, sitting around for hours doing nothing productive and a few days of stupidity after, but I don't think anyone has ever actually gotten violent from being high.
If tobacco is still legal despite it being a major carcinogenic not only to the user but to people around them as well, despite the number of children who end up suffering from asthma because of secondhand smoke, then I'm not seeing why marijuana shouldn't be. Marijuana doesn't cause lung disease, from what I've read, and its use dates back pretty far as a painkiller too. What's not to like?
They should do some kind of census on how much people actually spend on pot a year, calculate their 15%+++ tax on it, and they'll end up increasing their revenue from sales of controlled substances by at LEAST 50%, if not more.
I'm not even sure how marijuana ended up as illegal in the first place. I should go look it up...