UnTouChablE wrote:I am not going to say that all these arguments are fundamentally sound or not.
But at what point in our society to we refuse to bargain away our basic premises, foundational beliefs for rational and economical reasons?
There is an unquantifiable harm that can be done (and that is being done) and Mr. Bill Bennett, former drug czar, put it best when he said this substance hurts and kills thousands of families but the official cause of death read something different (paraphrase).
In my opinion there is no amount of empirical evidence that you can provide that will convince me that drugs have not decimated my neighborhood. This shit kills, dead ass, it is immensely destructive beyond what the numbers are able to capture.
Now, Law school students should know better and for every SLS student that is a regular pot smoker, there are where am from, maybe 10 ppl that could have been SLS students save for weed, drugs.
It is less harmful than alcohol? You have to be kidding or rich enough to dampen the real effects that weed has on the overall trajectory of a person's life. If you are destined for success then maybe it doesn't matter but for those who have no option but to fight for this illusive American dream it really fucks up everything. I have seen it happen at least 5 times.
If you are Law school student, quit that shit!
You do realize that much of your argument is the SAME EXACT rhetoric they used to justify prohibition of alcohol as well? The problems, while very real and I am of the same belief as you that they are bad, do not stem from marijuana use. In fact, they stem from the fact that marijuana use is ILLEGAL; not because of something inherently bad with the substance. Basically put, you're justifying the illegality of marijuana by pointing to problems associated with it that are caused by it's illegality in the first place and have a very high likelihood of not being present for the majority of the general population if it were made legal. Banning drugs never helps an issue, regulating them and letting people choose for themselves works much better.