Donna Marchant Posted 3 months ago Why is marijuana illegal? My suggestion is that most people fear change and public exposition. That the answer is neither philosophical nor political, per se, but personal, which is, I believe, the source from which all change emanates. When one accepts personal responsibility, and is willing to be forthright about it, the risks can be enormous, as can the benefits. For example, nearly everyone I've encountered in my 66 years of life have smoked pot at one time or another. Most still do so...secretly.Secrecy is the operative word. They are willing to buy and smoke illegally, but not expose themselves to advocacy for fear of some kind of retribution for doing so. Many will deny it politically because they do not want to be exposed as having smoked it, afraid of condemnation. Perhaps because it is illegal, the risk is considered too great. The benefits, on the other hand, are personal, but they are unanimous...it feels good, promotes social relaxation, and camaraderie. People are reticent to advocate for pleasure in our culture.