Originally Answered: Legalizing marijuana in California?
If marijuana was legalized in California, it would generate a lot of revenue no doubt. It would be easier to get different strains of marijuana and you wouldn't have to go through shady dealers who are in some way linked to the Mexican drug trade that kills thousands of people a year.
One reason I'm holding off on weed for right now is because I don't want to support those Mexican drug cartels in the South. I'm thinking about growing my own.
If weed was legalized in California, it would be taxed and most likely sold to people over 21 years of age, so it depends.
Rach, you are a very ignorant person. You actually made me laugh, good job. You think you're holier-than-thou just because you don't do drugs?
Do you know the history of marijuana laws? The only reason this country made marijuana illegal is because they were afraid. Henry J. Anslinger, head of the DEA in 1937 worked together with William Randolph Hearst the sensationalist to create news stories that would shock people and put public support behind marijuana prohibition.
They said things such as "marijuana makes darkies think they are as good as the white man" or "marijuana will make you kill your own brother". Both of those are not true, but in a state of panic, people will trust anyone and anything and then, marijuana was made illegal.
Since marijuana prohibition, there have been 2 million arrests and people caught with possession of marijuana make up 30 percent of the prison-industry complex. Virtually, if weed was made legal, the jail system would lose much of it's revenue.
You know alcohol is a drug too, correct? Alcohol is a depressant. Alcohol kills thousands of people a year and has a high rate of physical and mental dependency when someone is trying to get off of alcohol. Marijuana has not killed a single person in history.
Two of the Founding Fathers, George Washington & Thomas Jefferson grew marijuana along with their tobacco plants. George Washington proclaimed "make the most of the hemp seed, sow it everywhere." What do we do? Make it illegal.
Trust me, if the Founding Fathers wanted marijuana illegal, it would be in the Constitution.
Speaking of hemp, marijuana doesn't just have to be used for smoking. The stalk of the plant can be used to make paper. This form of paper uses much less chemicals than trying to process tree wood and would save millions of trees.
If anyone is stupid, it's the people who don't open their eyes and realize that marijuana reform is here and people want it legalized. The stupid people are the Congressmen who don't recognize what potential it has for business and spurring the economy.
Rach, you have no right to call marijuana smokers weaklings. I'm pretty sure you don't go up to alcoholics and say that. .
People like her are blinded, ignorant, will take whatever the powers that be feed them, and not search for their own.
Well, it would be pretty stupid to legalize murder now wouldn't it, because the entire human race would die and people would kill others just for fun. Murder wouldn't help a free market economy at all because no one would be around to reap the benefits.
Marijuana has never killed anyone ever. Just drawing a parallel between legalizing marijuana - a plant, and legalizing murder - the intentional taking of another's life is just a ridiculous and idiotic argument. Just the fact that you said that shows that you have NO IDEA of what you are talking about.
If you don't like weed, that's fine. Don't smoke it. Don't even talk about it. One less person to deal with. You don't need to criticize other's life choices and act holier-than-thou. Get off of your high horse and get down to reality. THC does not cause your neurotransmitters to die, or else the brain would not be able to send messages to other parts of the body, thus resulting in death, and marijuana has had no recorded deaths.
EDIT: To the person below me... You got that off of above-the-influence, right? Guess what that's sponsored by? The U.S. government. The same people that made marijuana illegal. Kind of a biased view, isn't it? The only natural chemical found in weed is THC. So many people that smoke weed smoke cigarettes too, so we can't know for sure if weed causes cancer or not unless we studied a person that EXCLUSIVELY smokes marijuana.
Also, marijuana does not cause brain damage. Of course, if you smoke it EVERYDAY twice a day, you're going to have THC overload. That's with anything. You drink everyday, you're going to become an alcoholic, smoke cigarretes everyday, you become a nicotine junkie. Alcohol is the one that's really bad for you, that ***** you up worse than weird.