Thursday

Why We Should Legalize Pot (From A Guy Who Doesn't Smoke It)

I don't smoke Pot. In fact, I don't smoke anything. But this doesn't change the fact that the legalization of pot would drastically improve society.

Below I'll list a few reasons (and explanations) for my hypothesis.

1. It would help us battle real crime.

-Smoking pot has never killed anyone. It isn't habit forming. It doesn't make people violent. It doesn't heighten the change of crime. In fact, it probably lowers it. If pot was legalized, we could redirect our crime fighting resources to fighting real crime, and all the money and manpower spent on flying helicopters to find pot growers, DEA agents making busts on hippie pot grow houses and local cops searching out kids that are smoking, we could use it on fighting other crimes like hard drugs, theft, and murder.

2. It would help the economy.

-With pot legalized, a huge American industry would open up. Pot growers and dealers would be taxed (helping us to fund more important things, like improving national security and building roads and playgrounds) and it would give jobs to jobless Americans (which we seem to have a lot of these days).

3. We could save the environment and lower our dependence on foreign imports.

-Hemp has been used for thousands of years. It can be an environmentally safe alternative for everything from clothing, to hand lotions, to oil. With the legalization of pot, its hemp could be cultivated and it could help America save the environment we live on, and lessen our dependence on foreign imports.

4. It would possibly lower drug use.

-We've all been taught that pot is a gateway drug, right? Well, many experts are putting forth a theory that says that pot is only a gateway drug because we distinct it as such. What I mean by this is that since we tell kids pot is bad, and pot is a drug, when they try it and realize its effects aren't that serious, it makes them think that maybe other drugs may not be as bad either. This leads them to try harder, more serious drugs, and start their journey down the slippery slope that is drug addiction.

5. It would save the lives of thousands of people.

-Each year, thousands of people are killed in the drug trade. With pot legalized, the industry would screech to a halt, and all the drug induced and often gang related violence would stop with it.


Now, even if pot is legalized, I don't plan on smoking it. It's just not my style. But I do think it will solve many of the problems that we face in our society today, and the it's legalization should be seriously considered by our government.

I mean, Holland's doing fine, right?

4 comments:

super-saul said...

I agree with you on most of your points, and on your thesis, but I'm gonna give you the opportunity to defend your claims in debate.

1. Smoking pot has in fact led to several deaths involving car wrecks due to intoxicated driving. There is statistical evidence to support the fact that driving while stoned is a serious risk to yourself an others (I would quote the statistics here if we were seriously debating, but since we're not, and I've got mac and cheese boiling, I won't).

2. While it is true that more jobs would open up, it is unclear what negative effects, if any, this would have on our economy. More harvesting and mass producing means more equipment to buy, more workers to pay, and more trafficking costs. Which brings me to...

3. A large percentage of the pot we get here happens to come from foreign exports. Holland, for instance, has several strands that are high in quality and inaccessible here. This would lead to disputes over whether only American pot should be legal, and if not, where pot would be legal from, which would in turn hurt our standings with some countries while improving them with others.

4. Personally, I believe in said theory, but it is just that - a theory, and is purely circumstantial at best, and borderline devoid of evidence at worst. The theory is gaining popularity, and may be true in some or many cases. That said, it hurts your argument to use it as backup for your case because it is largely unsubstantiated.

5. It would end the drug trade for pot, but it would only do that. It wouldn't bring the entire drug trafficking industry to "A screeching halt," and quite possibly would influence a rise in other drugs, such as heroin or cocaine.

I like debating. Your turn.

Evan said...

Good point about the whole drug/crime thing, but there are other drugs that cause bigger crime problems, other than mary jane. Also no offense to anyone but when i look around Pv I can usually spot the pothead. what happens if you let it be legal? then you have more of them running around! Im not sure I have ever really met a successful pothead, except Marley. Him and I go wayyyy back

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New York, NY 10010