The average IQ trend of young people goes from 100 in 1960 to 75 in 2013?
I love all these sanguine apostolics about the virtues of drug use and fake statistics about how it benefits society (straight form the pusher man?). No wonder they sell them at playgrounds, there's no down side at all!
Doesn't occur that drunk/stoned driving fatalities and accidents will increase because their doing them BOTH at the same time.
We need to legalize cocaine and meth to get them back UP again before they put the keys in the ignition. Wouldn't want to endanger anybody.
After all, the judgment of a marijuana advocate has got to be really, really good, right, man! Right on, Right on!
Alcoholism and drunk driving have been declining steadily over the past 80 years since prohibition ended.
Tobacco use has been dropping like a stone, and it's never been banned.
Drug prohibition ain't working, just like alcohol prohibition didn't work.
All the Drug War has done is made cops less responsive to real crimes, less helpful and more antagonistic towards the general public, and overfocused on one narrow range of crimes. Not to mention spurred anti-civil liberties and anti-property rights policies like asset forfeiture, where you have to prove your innocence to get your property back.
There is no way to completely decriminalize. The Gov is going to want its pound of flesh, like bonding warehouses for alcohol and tobacco taxes.
Allowing a free market with taxation won't remove criminal activity completely, because criminals will still attempt to acquire and distribute without taxes, as with moonshine liquor and mafia tax avoidance on cigarettes. However, the crime becomes tax avoidance, not personal possession or use.
Additional civil and criminal issue are use and sale of the substance in public places, licensing for sale and distribution, age restrictions, definitions of impairment for legal purposes in workplaces and operating machinery, implications on driver's licenses, drug testing for employment, personal cultivation and use etc. etc.
There are also conflicting state and local laws, i.e. the state can legalize possession and use of small amounts, but the DEA still attacks cultivation and transportation.
Money is a stand-in for Power.
Criminalizing marijuana leaves an opportunity for violent criminals to obtain large amounts of money.
It takes money from the people, and government takes their rights for their own protection, of course!
Therefore: criminalization gives power to violent criminals and takes it from the people.
How can that be a good thing?
Tax revenues will increase, and incarceration expenses will decrease. Other state taxes won't decrease any to make up for the increased pot revenue, and the politicians will spend even more money on stupid stuff. and that's really what this is about.
We should give marijuana cigarettes to babys to keep them quiet. After all, a quiet baby is a good baby, right?
Better yet, bourbon and honey in the milk, too. Now there's a peaceful child!
No, you should feed the children cereal and fruit juice, that way they can consume qpps of grams of highly toxic and addictive sugars. Not only does this stunt brain growth, making them stupid, but it is the perfect gateway drug for generations of future aderal users
Everything is relative. Marijuana is non toxic. Marijuana is an anti-inflamatory. There is plenty of utility in marijuana, and its so easy to grow for yourself and takes virtually nothing outside of sun and water and minimal nutrients to produce, and to consume, one mearly needs a fat such as coconut oil for the body to absorb