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?