Okay, I know - the last thing you want to read right now is another dude's opinions on why weed should be legalized. However, my retro-infused perspective may offer a few arguments that you might not have thought of before. Give it a read, and if by Reason #6 you still are nonplussed, move on to one of my comic book or miniskirt posts and forget you ever saw this. So, here goes...
1) We live in a world that's falling apart at the seams - the amount of rapes, murders, and home invasions in this country is mind boggling..... yet, we spend a huge percentage of our law enforcement budget tracking down potheads and throwing them in jail. I hope you are never the victim of violent crime, but just know that a lot of money was diverted away from a law enforcement presence in your neighborhoods toward arresting dope smokers.
2) There is no dissenting opinion on whether cigarettes are addictive; they simply are. However, there is very little consensus in scientific literature on whether marijuana is addictive. More than likely, any addictive properties lie in its positive stimuli rather than its chemistry. In other words, it's soothing and relaxing, and therefore something you apt to sorely miss if you stopped smoking it, in much the same way that Starbucks coffee can be addictive due to the positive mental and physiological state it brings. The chemical properties are non-addictive, but its positive results are likely to illicit a Pavlovian desire for more.
3) It certainly wouldn't solve our economic crisis, but there can be no doubt the government would benefit from the taxation of marijuana.
|They kicked the habit. Now they can take baths again.|
|All dope smokers look like this.|
|Marijuana turns prom queens into hippies|
|Close the fuckin' door, pot!|
|Don't bogart that joint.|
|Pot will turn you into a tea drinking lesbian.|
11) And speaking of the DEA, how are we doing on the drug war? Have we won it yet? And if not, do we have any hope of winning it in the future, unless there's a serious game changer? It's a war that's been raging for decades and we seem to be no better off than we were when it started. Perhaps the DEA could get a handle on the drugs that actually cause harm like heroine and crack if they didn't have to spend so much time chasing down pot heads.... and then maybe, just maybe, we'll finally win that war.
|Shut up, ma. You're killing my buzz.|
If you'd like to add your own short argument, by all means leave it in a comment. If you have a dissenting opinion, I'd like to hear it as well.