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Why is marijuana illegal?

Marijuana WHY is it illegal?

Some say "It's a gateway drug to hard drugs because when people buy this drug off dealers they are exposed to hard drugs" If this were the reasoning legalizing marijuana would mean people wouldn't need to go to dealers who may hook them on hard drugs so we'd be "closing the gate" between soft and hard drugs.

Some say "Marijuana can kill you if you smoke it." So far there appear to be 0 recorded deaths from any kind of overdose.

Some say "Marijuana can give you mad cow disease" So far not only does it not do that but its showing to have MANY positive medical affects including but not limited to fighting cancer.

Some say "the legal costs to taxpayers to keep marijuana illegal are beyond staggering" So far this is absolutely correct.

Our debate is to determine exactly what justifies the significant societal costs of marijuana being illegal on any level at all.


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  • Dec 8 2013: Marijuana is illegal and this is normal.
    Ok, it can be used for treatment, which is the case in my country. But it is normal that it can only be sold on prescription from your doctor.

    In all other cases it is a drug that alters the way you are, you are less aware and that is dangerous. You can do things you do not realize. You can put you in danger.
    While the effect is different for different people.

    But I think it's normal that it's illegal.
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      Dec 8 2013: Sky,

      I respect that some persons are accepting. That a law is what it is and its not to ever be questioned. However I cannot agree with this point of view. To do so would be to willingly become a nation of slaves, and that does not benefit the individual nor the group although it may seem the easy path, that is all it is, the easy path to slavery.

      What if we are not talking about marijuana?
      What if we are talking about .. lets see.. how about meat?
      Suppose vegetarians gain a majority government and outlaw eating meat.
      If you are caught eating meat you will be arrested, put through the courts, imprisoned (perhaps for life)
      Lets face it meat is not entirely good for us to eat and can produce issues in certain cases.
      Would you be willing to champion that law?

      Coffee, alters the way you are, so does tea, so do many soft drinks, as well as things like sugar. Really willing to support laws that imprison you for using them?

      We really "might" want to think this through a bit further ..
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      Dec 9 2013: Yeah, I think it's normal that people are stupid... doesn't make it right...

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