No, I wasn't talking about pot, just drugs in general. There haven't actually been any known cases of people ODing on pot.Originally Posted by Blue_dragon
"Cause people do illegal crap all the time, even when it's regulated. They can do illegal crap their whole life, and get away with it." That's why.Yes with alcohol and nicotine, there are harmful side effects, but hey: I don't drink and drive, why should it be taken away from me? I'm responsible.
I think you missed the point. Unless you can find me an example of an instance where firefighters let a wildfire burn out without any attempt to intervene...You should go with a better argument, cause this is actually something that happens in nature that's good for the forest...
Whoa, I said that? When did I say that? We're talking about legalizing something that 1.) is deemed a psychoactive drug, 2.) is already deemed illegal, 3.) is a major source of crime, 4.) negatively impacts society, and 5.) has already been known to impair peoples' ability to function. And we're all willing to ignore all this just so a couple college kids can get high at their own leisure? The only //redeeming// thing about weed are its medicinal purposes. So is "candy" really an appropriate comparison? C'mon, man. Despite having no redeeming properties, there sure as hell aren't any gang wars over candy.Your logic is basically: if you don't need it, it shouldn't be legal.
No offense, dude, but that whole paragraph was entirely nonsense. Marijuana is a very specific example of the "why not" issue. I'm simply not willing to ignore all of the societal impacts of Marijuana just because people think they're entitled to get high. Just because you think you deserve to do it isn't reason enough to legalize it, especially at the potential expense of everyone else. I think I'm responsible enough to carry around lethal weapons without a license, but would I legalize that? Hell--fucking--no.You're treading a fine line...
Powerful, selfish people that we elected. Whatchugonnado.But you're leaving an important thing out: the government is constructed of people. More often than not selfish people. Powerful selfish people.
Not quite. The government is far from infallible, but they exist to orchestrate the system--to make sure it works. That involves some degree of regulation. "Telling people what to do" is an integral part of the government.It's like, the way you're stating it (maybe not meaning it) is the government is infallible and needs to tell everyone what to do because they don't know what to do or how to do it.
All the examples you gave were unfounded, bigoted and archaic artifacts of puritan America. They had no backing to them, therefore I agree that they were unjust. But the Marijuana debate actually has some data backing it, so it's not really a fair comparison.My point is, just because the government regulates something and makes a law of it, doesn't mean it's right and just.
Lol, what the hell. I don't want to give my personal freedom away. I just don't have such an over-inflated sense of self-entitlement that I think I //deserve// to get high, at the potential risk of sending the rest of the country down a spiraling path of self-destructive substance abuse. Because. We're. Clearly. On. One. Already.Please tell me you're a little more into personal freedom than that.
Surely, marijuana itself doesn't harm anyone on a //chemical// level. But will it harm our society and infrastructure? Yes.