Dispensing medical marijuana in vending machines may be legal in California, but should we legalize marijuana all together? While some states support medical marijuana, no state has moved for a general legalization despite widespread use and general ambivalence. Even politicians fess up to smoking pot like it's no big deal. So why does the US government take such a zero-tolerance stance on marijuana?
Common arguments made by the different sides of the debate include:
- Marijuana is not more harmful than alcohol.
- Legalization would lower drug prices and thus reduce crime.
- Drug dealers would lose business.
- Drug busts trap people in a system that turns them into lifelong criminals.
For arguments against,
- Marijuana is a gateway drug.
- Marijuana causes physical damage.
- Drugs are morally wrong.
- Drug-related arrests get dangerous people off the streets.
Also, Check out this interesting collection of opinions — by psychiatrists, historians, scientists, etc. — on the subject. What do you think about legalizing pot?