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Does the war on pot do more harm than good?

I'm a 32 year old college educated pot smoker. I have talked to doctors, lawyers, cops, old people, young people, christian, muslims, rich and poor pretty much more people then a Gallup Poll. Now I am admittedly biased I have been smoking for more than half of my life. But 90% of the people I have spoken with on this subject agree that criminalization of marijuana is a horrible idea. 14 states say that it is an effective medicine for a variety of ailments, everything from mild anxiety to severe pain. Its is also much cheaper than pharmaceuticals. The Federal Government used to have a program that supplied it in extreme cases, and still does to those that are still alive, though the program has been canceled. Also with the current economic situation in this country how can you argue against regulated legalization when it would. a.Create jobs(farmers, distributors, wholesalers, shipping, sales,) b.Generate millions in taxes a year c.Can help eliminate are dependence on foreign oil d.Save the federal and state governments Billions in money spent on a futile war on drugs and money spent on housing non violent criminals. Almost every cop I have ever spoken to on the subject is annoyed by the fact that they have to take time away from real crime to deal with it. Several have stated that they won't even arrest an adult for small amounts of it, it just is not worth their time. It clogs up our already overworked courts. Its been proven many times throughout history that prohibition leads to violence, any time you make something illegal you create a black market for it. Alcohol, prostitution, gambling are conducted like normal businesses when legalized, and run by gangster when not. I'm not saying that we should hand pot out to children, far from it by taking away the black market and regulating it we actually make it harder to get. I bet most thirteen year old's in this country can get a joint easier than a six-pack. I am not trying to change your mind about pot, in fact I want you to prove me wrong, change my mind about pot. show me hardcore irrefutable evidence that the little amount of harm pot causes is worth the enormous amount of effort put in to its continued criminalization. Sorry it so much to read but I'm pretty stoned right now. So my question to you is can you offer any evidence that would change my mind. I have provided links to government studies, university research and very credible news articles that back up my views. where is your irrefutable evidence. Show me some proof that the Economists, Doctors, Lawyers, College Professors and Police officers have no Idea what they are talking about. http://www.ukcia.org/politics/studies.html#young88 http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/factsmyths/ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3DE1731F93BA25750C0A96F958260 http://www.druglibrary.org/Schaffer/LIBRARY/studies/ledain/ldctoc.html http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/ http://economics.about.com/od/incometaxestaxcuts/a/legalize_pot.htm http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/50880/marijuana_the_simple_logical_benefits.html @minnesota Thanks for the very informative link I will be contacting that organization to see what I can do to help there cause @Luke I appreciate your agreeing but If I can type all that while smoking a binger and drinking it shouldn't take more than three minutes to read

Asked By: Tell Your Girl I Say Hi!! - 1/12/2009
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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition agrees with you too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LayaGk0TMDc
Answered By: minnesota_cold - 1/12/2009
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thats too long to read...but it is stupid to criminalize pot...especially with alcohol and cigs legal. they are spending way too much money on something that is relatively harmless
Answered By: luke - 1/12/2009
 
I say leave the little guy alone but take down the big time drug dealers, cause crime goes hand in hand with those guys
Answered By: ATTENTION: Testicles That Is All - 1/12/2009
 
OK, you've already exhausted me. It should be decriminalized as an unregulateable substance, being unlike cigarettes and alcohol, an 'uncontrolleable substance' that may be procured quite freely without any regulation required- therein lies the flaw, it may not be taxable.
Answered By: spudbites@yahoo.com - 1/12/2009
 
I'm 56 yrs old have smoked since 14, quit all drugs 6 years ago the only one I miss at all is pot... More
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Answered By: cidetrack - 1/12/2009
 
Yes it does way more harm. They say lies like pot destroys lives, but what destroys it is the law.
Answered By: Divide & Conquer - 1/12/2009
 
I agree with you 100%. I don't smoke pot anymore but I think that it is a complete waste of time. I don't believe that marijuana is physically addictive, but I do believe that it is emotionally addictive. My parents are complete stoners and I know how irritating they can get when they don't have any smoke. But it is... More
Answered By: Marry K - 1/12/2009
 
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