Some really astonishing items in this piece.
Legalization would cause use of marijuana to go up, and as a result, health care costs associated with the drug would rise as well.
And what health care costs are those?
In areas of the world where the drug is decriminalized, there are still high rates of violence and crime as a result of trafficking.
How is that an argument against legalization?
Also, the RAND Corporation did a study that says 60 percent of people arrested in the U.S., England and Australia test positive for marijuana use.
Another absolutely meaningless statistic.
Weed would never boost the economy. The cost of marijuana would drop considerably if it were legalized, giving most distributers a major incentive to stay on the black market or to start dealing other drugs.
Also, the FDA hasnâ€™t approved marijuana, even for medicinal purposes. This means that marijuana could come from unknown, dangerous sources.
Actually, it’s criminalization that means that marijuana would come from unknown sources. Legalization would solve that.
A common argument is that problems associated with weed can also be associated with alcohol, a legal substance. This may be true, but marijuana users are much more likely to become addicted to the drug than alcohol users.
Coffee spit number 1.
Unlike alcohol, marijuana has no known health benefits.
Coffee spit number 2.
Marijuana is usually consumed to the point of intoxication. Alcohol usually isnâ€™t.
Ironically, that was the erroneous argument put forth by Art Linkletter in his discussions with Nixon, and Art Linkletter started “Kids Sat the Darndest Things” on his television show.
Alcohol can be harmful, yes, but our government tried to make it illegal during the Prohibition and found that crimes and deaths went up as a result. Alcohol has been a part of this world since before Christ, and it is too ingrained in this culture to take away.
Um. How is this an argument against legalization?
Weed, on the other hand, has never been fully ingrained in American culture, and it never will be. College is fun and all, but the real world will meet us with drug tests and rewards for good character, productivity and efficiency â€” the antithesis of what marijuana is. Music artists and movies stars make smoking weed sound like itâ€™s a mainstream thing, but it is simply the minorityâ€™s addiction to escape.
Ah. Drinking is part of good character, productivity and efficiency; marijuana is not.
Almost as scary as Frannie Boyle’s ignorance about marijuana is her conception of what the “real world” is supposed to be.
Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?