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It should be moderated and people should get educated about it, as it comes with certain downsides
It should be regulated similar to cigarettes and alcohol. This means no public smoking and no use under the age of 21.
Regardless of legality, people will find a way to attain marijuana. Legalizing it and taxing it provides funds for the state.
Bodily Autonomy is a fundamental human right - you own your own body, and can do what you want with it without ethical consequences, as long as your actions aren't directly affecting others (then it becomes an ethical concern).
Legalizing it would allow to administer the drug in a proper environment, with advising and counseling. Contacts don't do this part.
It is a highly beneficial cash crop. Legalization would create a larger industry, providing more job opportunities. Due to its popular demand, taxation would bring millions in revenue, which could be used to better fund social welfare programs, outweighing any socially negative side effects.
Cannabinoid drugs might be useful in the treatment of tinnitus. Previous studies in animals and humans have shown that, in some cases at least, anti-epileptic drugs can reduce the severity of tinnitus.
it is helpful for those who are fighting against cancer. Don't make it harder for them than it already is.
the world oldest domestic crop, industrial hemp, would also become legal to grow. 1 acre of hemp can produce the same amount of cellulose pulp as 4 acres of trees. because of this, hemp is a perfect material to replace wood in press board and particle board, and paper.
The war on drugs and the prohibition of Marijuana was/is constructed to incarcerate African Americans and other minorities.
The government has no right to determine what I can and can't put into my body, so long as I do no harm to others or put anyone in harms way. I have the right to pursue happiness, even chemically. Besides, how much did CO make in recreational taxes last year? $25.8mil. Think of the economy.
You cannot point marijuana as dangerous thus illegal, and cigarrettes and alcohol legal. It's plain hypocrecy.
A large percentage of the population is using it anyway, despite its legal status. The government is obliged to protect its citizens from a polluted supply chain, in the control of organized crime.
There is precedent for legalization, in many different cases.
You will get the munchies more often with easy access to marijuana.
There are already 17.3 million people in the U.S. alone who require treatment and rehab for just alcohol abuse. If make marijuana legal in the same situation as alcohol, the state will have spend even more money on rehabilitating weed users as well.