Originally Posted by lordofthereef
I am a guy that has never used marijuana and frankly never plan to. That said, I don't have a problem with legalization. Whether it causes deaths or not is irrelevant to me. I suppose, if it is legalized, I would prefer it rolled into public intoxication and driving laws alongside alcohol simply because it can impair judgement. I don't care what a person does to him/herself behind closed doors, but if they are putting my (or anyone else's) life in danger as a result, that is completely unacceptable.
For those arguing that alcohol and tobacco are bad too, so what? Look at the obesity problem in America. Look at the high fat and high sugar foods people are tossing down their gullet. At the end of the day it is their own decision to consume in moderation or in excess. The same is true with marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, etc. You would be hard pressed to find a smoker or a drinker unaware of the risks they are taking by having just another drink or just another smoke. People are aware, plain and simple. If they want to kill themselves by consuming in excess, why do we need a government funded program to stop them?
One big question I have is what happens if MJ were federally legalized and it becomes more widely used. Granted, it is easy to buy, and I'll give you that MJ enforcement does not work. But still, it is not legal and that makes MJ something people will not touch because of the laws.
Would legalization bring millions of users into the fold as it were? And if so, would this create more problems for society, like driving impaired? We have many users now, but I can only imaging if it were legal, how much the problem would increase. And simple arithmetic would prove that the problems would go up because we would have more users.
If people want it legalized, work the system and make it happen. Let the public decide and then we go from there.
We have two choices: either legalize it and hope for the best or get serious about enforcement and stop going about it half assed. As it is today, people use it, the coppers try to prevent it, and it is costing us taxpayers cash.