Posted 25 January 2006 - 09:11 PM
[quote=DanielNegreanu]teacher, teacher, teacher... oh hateful teacher... based on your comments, how do you feel about alcohol being legal? Surely it's proven that more deaths related to alcohol happen on the roads as compared to marijuana?The law is all screwed up and doesn't make much sense at all. If you are going to legalize alcohol then there is NO good reason why marijuana shouldn't be legal. Cigarette smoking is legal and that has way more harmful chemicals in it than marijuana.One last point: if you truly believe that obesity doesn't affect anyone but the person that is obese you are missing out on the bigger pictures. With such an obesity problem in this country it is a monster strain on the economy. Medical insurance rates would plummet if less people suffered from the myriad of health problems associated with obesity.[/quote]Ok, why are more deaths related to alcohol than marijuana? hmmm....well, maybe because marijuana is illegal and fewer people use that drug. If you make marijuana legal, I'm sure you'll see a sharp increase in the number of marijuana related motor vehicle deaths. Cigarette smoke doesnt alter your state of mind, in any measurable amount. Marijuana does. Alcohol is a different story, I do feel that alcohol, in general, has no purpose. Making it illegal, would be no problem for me, because I dont drink. Basically it sounds like your argument for legalizing marijuana is that other bad things are legal, and so should marijuana. By that logic, you're only a few steps away from cocaine and heroin being sold in every neighborhood drug store. Logically, that would be the next step taken by radical leftists, right? If you give an inch, they'll try to take a mile. There are many factors that contribute to medical insurance rates being so high, and picking out one problem to support your own point is a pretty weak argument. I seriously doubt that obesity is the #1 reason for medical insurance rates being so high, but if you can prove me wrong, I'm willing to listen.[/quote]Ahh, someone making cogent points! It's refreshing, the teacher is an idiot. Anyways, NBC news recently ran a special on how obesity just overtook smoking as the #1 preventable health concern in the united states. I assume their sources are good, and I assume that in being the #1 prev. health concern they are using money as a measuring tool.... not very strong counterargument, but i have not really researched it at all. Prohibition is a disaster. we already tried that it lead to a sharp increase in crime (violent too). Drug dealing has also lead to a sharp increase in crime. Legalizing it would increase tax revenues, lower crime (fewer drug dealers ect.) and make marijuana regulated (making it safer and making more jobs for people in the U.S. Now, your argument that this would lead to other drugs being legalized is your most thought provoking pt imo. There is, however, a HUGE difference in weed and c0ke and heroine. Some people argue that if people are stupid enough to use these hard drugs then so be it. legalize, tax the heck out of em and let the country reap the benefits. These other drugs, however, are mainly physically addicting, causing people to do crazy things to get their fix (killing somone and taking his wallet). This means that these drugs would put society at large risk, i do not think marijuana would... so that is where you draw the line.