I actually don't think it should. No, I don't think marijuana is the worst substance, or even worse than some that are legal. And I don't think that legalization will necessarily make more people use it. It's a general attitude it reflects (people often perceive something as 'wrong to do' if it's illegal - but as I said, that's not necessarily a deciding factor in whether or not they choose to do it). It's more that there are substances which would be incredibly difficult to make illegal like regular cigarettes and especially alcohol because alcohol goes all the way back to biblical times, you'd be hard pressed to make it illegal. It's not that I think marijuana is worse than those substances (ex., alcohol in and of itself isn't necessarily bad, but drunk driving is) - it's that the idea is not to just make *more* harmful substances legal.
One might argue there's nothing wrong with weed, and there probably isn't with just smoking it now and then. But studies all around have shown that with alcohol - *for the most part, not including alcoholics* - most people who drink do so heavily for one part of their lives (university) and then only occasionally later, people who smoke weed tend to do it throughout life and tend to lose motivation to really do anything. But like I said, I'm not trying to judge one as "better" necessarily.
Well just look at the turn history took in America when they did make alcohol illegal. Crime skyrocketed. Little whole in the wall places where you could buy alcohol no questions asked popped up everywhere, but they weren't regulated and so the booze that was coming in was sometimes dangerous. Murder in relation to trafficking alcohol and other alcohol related crimes went way up. Instead of it being a regular boost for the national economy it put money into the pockets of big time criminals. And making a substance so many people were already use to using illegal made non-criminals, criminals.
It's exactly the same thing with marijuana. I don't smoke, I'll not likely ever smoke. I've been around individuals who partake in it my whole life and still haven't had the urge to give it a go. People should be just as informed as they are about the dangers of over indulgence in alcohol, or tobacco, and then be able to make their own decisions from there.
Amazed at how many people said no... Also amazed at a bunch of the misinformation people are saying about marijuana. Alcohol, tobacco, and mood altering prescription drugs are much more addictive and damaging that marijuana. I've not smoked in many years and don't really ever drink anymore either. People should have the right to do what they want with their body. It's really no one else's business.
That's a general, sweeping statement about "mood altering prescription drugs." As a clinician I say you'd best not say something about an entire pharmacological field of multiple generation of widely different kinds of medications. If you just slap a title like "more addictive and damaging" on an entire field of medications, it just shows how little you actually understand about them.
I'd say make it legal but with restrictions like you are only entitled to have so much for usage as smoking in general is bad for the health! Hell i tried smoking the marijuana once and it somehow ended up smoking me! XD