I'm listening to the Joe Rogan podcast, and B-Real from Cypress Hill is the guest. They're talking about the legalization of weed and the benefits, etc.
I'm against it, I believe letting the general public have the ability to be high around non smokers is a bad idea. Similar to the reason we have drunk in publiclaws. The main argument is that "no one has overdosed from weed". Which may be true, but not everyone can handle weed, similar to how some people can handle liquor better than others.
If it were to be legal, I feel the only rational way is to make it legal for people who actually need it, not just for anyone that can go buy and carry openly. I know we have medical places but for $200 here in California, you can all of a sudden be "diagnosed" with something that will let you buy weed from a dispensary. I just think these laws should be a little more strict and something put in place to narrow down the scams and quacks out there.
But I do have a question that I don't really ever hear discussed. All of the pro-weed people swear by the magical plant and claim that THC can replace a lot of pharmaceutical stuff. What if weed didn't give you the "high" feeling, what if it had no feeling at all, would you still be praising it because it can be a substitute for harmful medicine?
Basically, I feel that the reason potheads want the weed legal is so they can be high more freely, and not be worried for possession. Then, the argument that it put forward is that it seems to help certain people. But if you take that "high" feeling away, I wouldn't be surprised if the push for legalization goes away.
i'll start by saying i don't smoke weed. i have and i didn't care for it. that was like 12 years ago. BUT i def think marijuana should be legal. Beyond the arguments i've seen on this board talking about prescription pills (just look at the amount of deaths that have occurred because people have become dependent on them) the focus can easily be centered on alcohol. the idea that you can drink, get drunk and have all of that be legal as long as you're over 21 but can't smoke a joint is absurd. alcohol damages you mentally and physically. people die from liver damage, from alcohol poison, from driving drunk. not to mention you could get your license removed from drunk driving but i know people out there are in jail for marijuana possession. I'd also like to see how many fights break out in a bar after a bunch of people smoke weed compared to how many fights break out in a bar/sports arena due to people being drunk. at least you can use marijuana for medical reasons and then yeah you can also get high, a benefit that is similar to people who enjoy getting drunk.