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Can someone explain to me why Marijuana is illegal in many countries including the United States?

I'm not looking for the, "because the law says so..." kind of answer. I am looking for root reasons. In the US a few days ago we nearly experienced a shut down in government over budget issues. We spend billions every year in the US dealing with marijuana, is it worth it?


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    Apr 13 2011: This is a really intriguing question once it's deeply influenced by prejudices, for both sides.
    And not only that, it's really difficult to rise the outlay for dealing with it and so the opposite, the outlay for legalizing it.
    Many people try to simplify this to a few outcomes, but for both sides there is much more related outlays for policing, crime, public health and so on, to a question like this have a based on statistics answer.

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