Why do you think weed is illegal?

My only thought on weed being illegal is that the government can't tax it. They allow people to consume alcohol and smoke cigarettes which are much worse than weed. Anyone else agree?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Let works with more concrete facts why weed should not be legalized.

    Cannabis was banned because people started using it as a drug to get them intoxicated and it made the users lazy and odd.

    Societies saw how harmful other drugs were and lumped weed in with them. It has to do with the harm it does to others when people use weed. Its use is bad for social relationships, employment, and public safety,

    Over the last 10 years we are beginning to learn about the effects of cannabis use on the human body..for most users (generally those that use for a long time) some of the effects are listed below:

    Here are some of them, it is not a complete list, because Yahoo limits the length of answers:

    What lung conditions is cannabis linked to? The report says that although cannabis is the world’s most widely used illicit drug, there is surprisingly little research into its effects on lung health, with far less about the effects of cannabis smoke than tobacco smoke. However, it says there is now research showing that the active component, THC, can suppress the immune system and that cannabis smokers may be at risk of: respiratory problems such as chronic coughing, wheezing, sputum production, acute bronchitis, airway obstruction infective lung conditions such as tuberculosis and Legionnaire’s disease pneumothorax (collapsed lung) lung cancer - one study, which was widely quoted in the papers, suggested that smoking just one cannabis cigarette a day for one year increases the risk of developing lung cancer by a similar amount to smoking 20 tobacco cigarettes for the same period. It concluded that 5% of lung cancers in those aged 55 or under may be caused by smoking cannabis. However, the report points out that there is a lack of conclusive evidence as to the possible effect that smoking cannabis has on lung function and the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There is evidence that smoking cannabis with tobacco leads to a greater risk of COPD than smoking tobacco alone.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindthe...

    "Driving after smoking even a small amount of marijuana almost doubles the risk of a fatal highway accident, according to an extensive study of 10,748 drivers involved in fatal crashes between 2001 and 2003”. - http://alcoholism.about.com/od/pot/a/pot_driving.h...

    Marijuana smoke was listed as a cancer-causing agent by California on June 19, 2009

    http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/prop65_list/files/p65si...

    Britain's most senior coroner is warning that hundreds of young people are dying in accidents caused by their prolonged use of cannabis….The dangers of cannabis were highlighted in research published last month, which showed a sharp increase in drug-related deaths. According to the European Centre for Addiction Studies at St George's Hospital Medical School in London, in 2002, British coroners cited cannabis as the major cause of death in 18 out of 853 drug-related deaths. The drug was also implicated in a further 31 out of 1,579 deaths involving a cocktail of drugs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1445718/Can...

    Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ - http://news.yahoo.com/teen-pot-linked-later-declin...

    “Pre-natal marijuana exposure had persistent negative effects through age 16 on higher-order thinking, including problem solving, memory, planning, impulsivity, and attention.”

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC318882...

    Long-term heavy cannabis use in healthy individuals is associated with smaller cerebellar white-matter volume similar to that observed in schizophrenia. Reduced volumes were even more pronounced in patients with schizophrenia who use cannabis. Cannabis use may alter the course of brain maturational processes associated with schizophrenia. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstra...

    Our findings indicate long-term cannabis use is hazardous to the white matter of the developing brain. Delaying the age at which regular use begins may minimize the severity of microstructural impairment. - http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/135/7/2245...

    Recent research from the past 5 years has shown that marijuana exposure during pregnancy has been associated with anencephaly, a non-sustaining life condition where a large part of the skull or brain is absent, neurobehavioral deficiencies, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and memory impairment in toddlers and 10 year olds, as well as neuropsychiatric conditions, including depression, aggression and anxiety, in teens. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/12081...

    Source(s): “Cannabis use during adolescence and young adulthood increases the risk of psychotic symptoms, while continued cannabis use may increase the risk for psychotic disorder in later life, concludes a new study published online in the British Medical Journal.” - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/11030... After using marijuana "Teens showed abnormalities in brain response during a SWM task compared with controls, even after 1 month of abstinence." - http://www.psyn-journal.com/article/S0925-4927%280... Chronic pot smokers beware. A new study found that regularly smoking marijuana may lower cognitive function, especially if the person starts smoking before 16 years of age." - http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/smoking-...
  • 7 years ago

    Why can't they tax it? They tax tobacco, what makes you think that they can't tax marijuana? As a matter of fact, prior to the Nixon creating the DEA, it was legal as long as you had a tax stamp, the government refused to give out any tax stamps. And if you think weed is safer than alcohol, you are deluded. In fact, with a lung cancer rate six times higher than cigarettes, the only thing that makes it safer than tobacco is that most people don't smoke more than a joint or two a week.

    Actually, the reason marijuana is illegal is because Hearst bought hundreds of thousands of acres of forests for paper production back around the turn of the century. Shortly after, a process was discovered that could produce paper from hemp. Hemp is similar to marijuana, but it contains little or no THC and will not get you high. It has been grown in this country as well as all over the world for centuries to make rope, and some of our founding fathers grew it as a cash crop. William Randolph Hearst created a scare through his papers about drug crazed criminals, using race to especially create fear, since most of it's consumers were black and hispanic at the time. And since progressives like him were in power in Washington, he was able to regulate all production of it in the country.

  • Its had a bad rep, mainly because of racism and discrimination. Let's start during the American revolution. Hessian soldiers were ruthless German mercenaries and the colonist figured that the reason they were so ruthless was because they smoked weed. That's why they they are called hessian (Pronounced hash as in hash weed). Then there was the false propaganda that it made people violent (specifically blacks and Mexican immigrants). They would falsely state that Mexicans and blacks went around raping and killing people because they were high on pot. Today though, weed isn't legal, because of corporate influence on the government. Tobacco and alchohol corporations see legal Marijuana sells as a huge threat to their business. This as well as misinformed people who still think that weed is bad.

  • 7 years ago

    Business interests, the people that tell the government what to do, did not want competition from products derived from hemp. Recreational MJ use cuts into alcohol interests profits. Any medicinal

    uses cuts into Pharmaceutical interests profits. Textiles, chemicals....

    They conducted propaganda campaign...

    blamed the mexicans for bringing MJ into country

    and black jazz musicians for popularizing it

    and it made a good bogeyman

    fresh horror stories every few years

    cops dressed in dog costumes encouraging kids to turn in their parents....remember that middle school propaganda rally?

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  • 7 years ago

    Because unlike cigarettes and alcoholic isn't taxed by the government

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I agree 100% and I think the reason it is illegal to begin with was because paper factories were scared the business would be taken from them because of the hemp, this was why it was banned in the first place

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    7 years ago

    because alcohol and tobacco don't want the competition. because the government hasn't figured out they could have a source of income better that alcohol and tobacco. because to many people just don't have real honest information about what it is and what it does - all they have is the lies people have been spreading about it for the past 80 years

    the general public's misinformation started with reefer madness and continues to this day

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reefer_Madness

  • 7 years ago

    Believe it or not, the original reason they banned it was the white people (I am white) had the crazy idea that Black men would smoke pot, get horny and go rape white women. Seriously, the white men were that stupid. So pot got banned.

    One thing I would like to point out, it is far easier to ban something than to un-ban it. Which is why we need to think seriously about banning other stuff, such as guns...

  • 7 years ago

    You do some crazy stuff when your under the influence abusive physical kind of things.

  • 7 years ago

    Regardless of how "harmless" pot smokers want to claim the drug is...it is still a drug, which damages the brain.

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