Weed, Alcohol & Cigarettes? Legalize or Keep/Make Illegal?
Weed- Should it be legal or illegal? Why?
Alcohol-Should it be legal or illegal? Why?
Cigarettes-Should it be legal or illegal? Why?
After a debate yesterday not regarding weed but regarding weed, I'm a little iffy on whether it should be illegal or legal, and without offense I think cigarettes are disgusting and alcohol is...Don't kow
On a side note, I do not do marijuana, I do not drink alcohol as I only drink water and sweet tea(occasionally) and I certainly do not smoke cigarettes...
And I'm from America if this matter any(it doesn't)
How do these issues make you feel?
2)Should the age to purchase cigarettes be lowered?
Again, from the US^^^
In my opinion it makes no sense to lower such ages if weed isn't even legalized, but just looking for opinions
What's Your Opinion?
Most Helpful Opinion
I actually believe ALL drugs should be legal, NIOT because I support their use but proabition has never worked and never will. People need to understand that if someone wants something they will get it regardless and the fact that most drugs are ilegal means that there is an open market for them with zero regulations. As it stands now, as long as you have the money, no matter your age, condition or history you could pretty much find a local dealer on the street corner and get whatever drug you liked without question or difficulty. So in fact drugs being ilegal actually results in the opposite effect at making them much more accessible than even the legal ones.
Plus the fact that all drugs are ilegal means that zero profit is made from them, over 20 billion a year is made globally with all the profits going to criminal organisations, the fact that they are ilegal means your creating a criminal underworld behind it for supply and demand, if it were ilegal they could not even exist, there would just be no place for them. Raising the ilegality of drugs is even worse, all that means is that now since there is a greater risk in selling drugs, criminals are than faced with the problem of having to be much more dangerous in protecting their investments. Take the Cartels in mexico for an example.
Now in regards to safe drugs that are ilegal such as marijuana for example, the danger of them being ilegal means that your fueling a criminal underworld who also could link you to hard drugs such as cocaine, Many dealers who sell marijuana would try to get you to buy cocaine because they know how addictive it is and need to go back. The approach we shoudl take which we can learn based on other countries, if we look at the dutch policy on marijuana its been a remarkable success, they have managed to seperate drug markets so people who just want weed don't have to go to a dealer who will try to sell them something else, if we take the portugese approach who are the only country to legalise all drugs so far, they have eliminated the criminal drug market because its not possible to make profit there and there has also been a reduction in use ofering instead of a prison sentence to users but a programme to help get them off in that place. They save millions every year and have one of the lowest rates of use throughout the world of any drug.
Alcohol has already been ilegal once before in the 1920's, people never stopped drinking it, they just began making it in their own bathtubs at home and created a demand. The criminal economies actually rose up from this and this fueled the need to change its legal status to get some form of control. ilegal drugs mean zero control, they aimed to gain control through legalising in the 1933's which since than has proven to be quite a success. Making it ilegal will send us back 80 years and be in the same position as we are with marijuana now.
In regards to cigurettes, I do believe they should take away the 599 addives from it
What Guys Said 11
You do marijuana now though
Weed - Legal. It makes people feel good and is fairly non harmful. Plus you can't overdose on it.
Alcohol - Legal. It already is and I don't see a reason to change it.
Cigarettes-Illegal. There isn't anything good about them. They just make money for companies and kill people.
1. No it shouldn't. Alcohol abuse is a problem in our country and so is underage drinking. If it's lowered it makes it even easier for underage people to get their hands on it. Especially if it's lowered to 18.
2. F***no. lol
I see no reason why any of those things should be illegal.
Theres no good reason for them to be illegal. The only things that should be illegal are serious violence and theft, I think. Everything that people need protected from fits under those categories.
I think an opinion against alcohol, cigarettes or weed, or indeed a lot of substances, is not a worthwhile one. No offence, ofcourse, LOL. But its not. I mean, if you didn't do any of that, and didn't care about any of it, that's alright, but if your really anti- all of it, you just make life hard for yourself, and for everyone around you. No virtue in it. Especially when you realize how little an opinion really means. Opinions are such worthless things on their own, never mind having one so obstinately difficult.
I say legalize all of it. Prohibition doesn't work. It was a disaster in the 30s with booze and it's a disaster now with drugs. Making it all legal will solve a lot of problems with prisons and gang violence, not to mention the disasters taking place in Mexico and Central and South America. It will also generate more revenue for states starved of cash.
Weed- Don't care either way. I don't smoke and never will, but have nothing against people who do. I won't be pushing for its legalization, but if it is legalized, I won't protest.
Alcohol- Keep it legal. Prohibition didn't work in the past, can't see it working now. It wouldn't even be a problem if people did it responsibly.
Cigarettes - Keep them legal. I'll never smoke, but a lot of people do. Making it illegal would most likely cause more harm than good.
alcohol keep it legal we saw what happened when it wasnt
cigarette keep it legal
What Girls Said 5
Personally I think the age of drinking should be brought back to 18, I mean you can join the military at 18 and honestly I think cigarettes are worse for you than the occasional beer or two(or shot, depending on what you prefer).
Drinking shouldn't be made illegal again, as long as it's done in moderation, a person's fine and medical research as found that red wine can be good for the heart, so...
Cigarettes, don't smoke 'em, don't ever plan on it. It's one of those things where yes it's killing people, but they know the risks, and if the government were to ban them, then it'd just be another way of them taking control, putting them further down the trail of being 'Big Brother'(there's only so much someone can do to protect another from themselves) Ex. A doctor will worn a guy, his blood pressure's too high and prescribe medication, but it's up to the guy if he takes the meds or not. It's free will. I mean, people have high prices and the warnings, cigarette ads(other than the electric kind) are very rarely, if ever shown and definitely not on TV, so people know the price they're paying...then again, I still think that tobacco companies should just shut down, but I don't think the government should be in control of it.
As for marijuana, I go back and forth myself...it's more natural than cigarettes, it has health benefits, but it does impare judgment, but then again, so does alcohol. People are getting it now, the government knows it, they more than aware of how common the drug is despite being illegal, so I don't know.
The age of buying cigarettes should not be lowered though. I work at a gas station where we sell cigarettes regularly and I have kids coming in that look like they're 12(they're 18), and they look so vibrant and young and then I see older customers come in, who've spent years smoking and it's such a difference, even had one come in on oxygen to buy cigarettes, it's sad, so no, I don't think kids under 18 should be able to buy cigarettes, yes I know some of them get their hands on it, but, that's less than what it would be if more could buy.
The only issue I take with any of these, is when a persons consumption of it can affect another persons health or safety.
For example - smoking in public places, drink driving, driving whilst high etc
If people wanna smoke or drink - that's their choice. Just don't let it endanger anyone else not partaking. And that's the big/tricky issue.
I think the drinking age should definitely be lowered, the age for cigarettes is fine. And marijuana needs to be legalized already. I don't smoke at all, but it's a little ridiculous to make it illegal considering all of the social and political factors. The biggest issue I take with marijuana is how it places so many people within the criminal justice system unreasonably. You don't need to be incarnated for 3 years for having marijuana, and you definitely should be unable to participate in society after being punished for having marijuana.
I could go on and on about why it should be legalized, there are very few reasons why we shouldn't, and ultimately the reasons why we should outweigh the reasons we shouldn't.