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oscfan17
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Cannabis should be legal not because the drug war is futile but because cannabis really is a good thing. Adults should have legal access to it in order to partake of the substance for pleasure.

Yes, some people will undoubtedly wreck their lives with it, but since it isn't really that addictive, this sort of self-destruction will happen in the same way that people can, say, ruin their lives with World of Warcraft: i.e the huge opportunity cost of spending lots of time being stoned. But the majority of people who use it will do so responsibly just like the majority of users now.

It is A GOOD THING that adults have legal access to marijuana. This increases HUMAN HAPPINESS.

I make this point because liberals and libertarians tend to argue for ending marijuana prohibition on the grounds that prohibition itself is more harmful than marijuana, and this is indeed a compelling argument. Here's a video going around right now showing North Carolina cops busting into a home without a warrant and harassing people because they smelled marijuana outside the home's door.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM5btqthVWY

But how did we get here that our police feel entitled and compelled to act this way?

The answer is decades long relentless demonization of cannabis and its users. After all, who cares how demons who use a demon product are treated?

But ending those drug war externalities--the erosion of the 4th amendment, the police exceeding their authority to merely protect property rights and people from each other, the sheer cost of morally policing the citizenry this way, etc -- might just rely on ending the demonization of marijuana users.

Cannabis is a good thing. The parent who tells their teenagers "moderate and responsible use of cannabis for recreational purposes can add to your life when you're an adult" is a decent parent.

We live in the country where co-workers go to bars for "happy hour" after work but where also admitting to using cannabis for pleasure can get you fired. [Roll Eyes]

Yes I am a cannabis user and it has made my life richer, mainly because it enhances pleasurable activities like listening to music or socializing, and toking after work does really relieve stress. It's not fair that the whiskey aficionado faces no shaming but I do.

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Just be patient, we're only a few years off. It's only old people that really have a problem with it. And people will soon see that Colorado and Washington are still there.
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Yea but I'm 30 years old now, I don't want marijuana to become legal when I'm 50 and already practically dead.
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Honestly all that ending the drug war is gonna change significantly is the cost of decent weed. Not much will change in terms of its availability.
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My sister has a medical card in AZ, she gets medical grade stuff for a couple dollars cheaper a gram over street dealers.
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quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
Honestly all that ending the drug war is gonna change significantly is the cost of decent weed.

Well that and keeping millions of people who would normally be productive members of society out of jail with millions of dollars still in their pockets.

It would be awesome if we ended the war on drugs because we were starting a war on corruption.

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Sure...politicians are going after corruption...like 911 calls being answered by the mafia
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