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Because the public only sees people who abuse it, not people who use it responsibly. Everyone knows the dumb stoner kids who do nothing but smoke pot all day and drop out of school, but no one sees the straight A student who is going to an ivy league school who likes to blaze every once in a while. As one of the intelligent pot smokers, its a shame to see the kids who give it a bad rap ruin it for the rest of us. I hope you're not one of the dumb stoners but it seems like you may be from your "racists and greedy, wealthy white men" comment. The reasons that made cannabis illegal in the first place have nothing to do with why it is still illegal today.
Of course. The AMA was not even notified about the hearing to make Cannabis illegal in the early 20th century. It was based off of fear and greed. Hemp is one, if not, the most productive plant known to man. You can make virtually everything with it, even fuel and strong paper materials. This would've put a huge dent in the wallets of forest owners making paper and the petrochemical industries. I'm sure you already know that though. =) More and more intelligent users are known each day :D
This was a legitimate question until you got to "Damn racists and greedy wealthy white men". Then I just started laughing.
Well, do you know why Cannabis was made illegal in the first place? Greedy white petrochemical and paper industry holders that attributed Marijuana usage to the violence among Mexicans.
Strange, if it is the fault of "greedy white petrochemical and paper industry holders", you would think they would be more interested in having it legalized so they could profit off it. Maybe think about what you are saying before you say it?
https://www.drugwarrant.com/articles/why-is-marijuana-illegal/Maybe if you learned a little bit about capitalism and early Cannabis laws then you would understand. Timber was a big industry back then, it was about to be rivaled and surpassed by Hemp (Cannabis Sativa). The only way to avoid losing money was to eliminate Hemp from the picture. And that's what they did.
I'm a humble poor black man and I say it should stay illegal.
Keeping it illegal has done nothing but hold us back. Why make something illegal that's in high demand? It's alcohol prohibition in the 21st Century.
You just turned a legalize it question into something completely stupid. Congrats.
b/c it frees your mind and the man don't want you expanding like that
I'm sorry, I feel stupid, but what is that?
Oh. Because people get addicted it. People say it isn't bad for you, but I'm sure it's not good for you. And why do you blame it on white men?
You can get addicted to tobacco and alcohol, but that's still legal for adult consumption. I blame it on the white men because their racist attitudes towards Mexicans and black jazz musicians in the early 20th century had everything to do with how it was made illegal. The fact that you only know the plant by its mexican slang term "Marijuana" and not its botanical name reflects on the racist aspects of years past.
Yeah, but half the people I know who smoke weed are white.
I'm talking about the early 20th Century (1920-1940), when the people who used it were primarily Mexican. The fact that you see more white people using it is irrelevant. Although since more minorities are incarcerated due to marijuana possession even though it's found that more white people use it adds to the racist attitudes that still exist today.
Well obviously no one really knows why it still is illegal. I'm sure congress has their reasons. Go take your concerns to them. What is this question supposed to accomplish?
Preservation of DEA and government jobs, profit loss to big companies( oil, timber, pharmaceuticals, etc) are all reasons why it's being kept illegal. Come November, the people of California will be able to speak for the people and what they want. I asked this question to provoke thought and insight on a global issue and hopefully change a few minds along the way.
I am still against it.
Against a plant? A medicine that has been dated back thousands of years? Against a substance that has been again and again proven to be less harmful than alcohol? So harmless that you cannot even overdose on it? Well, if you are against legalizing it, then you're supportive of black market violence via drug cartels and supportive of children having easier access to pot.
Wtf? You are putting words in my mouth. I am supportive of legalizing it for medicine. Not to get high.
You have not stated your position once. So you are perfectly fine with people using alcohol, nicotine, caffeine for recreational purposes but not Cannabis? It's been human nature to alter states of consciousness for recreational and spiritual purposes. How is getting high off weed more destructive than getting drunk?
You shouldn't abuse alcohol either....
But you have that choice! EXACTLY! Abuse! There's a difference between drug use and drug abuse. A person that drinks responsibly and/or feels the effects of alcohol in a safe private environment should have the right to do so. Same thing with weed! It's pure hypocrisy if you believe in the recreational moderate use of alcohol and don't believe in the same for pot.
Whatever! I'm not going to argue with you over the internet! I agree that you should have a choice, and I really don't know all the statistics of weed. Jeez, people get so passionate about this. I don't care, smoke it if you want, all I'm gonna say is don't get caught, and don't get addicted, because it's not attractive to be a pot-head.
I'm passionate for the sick and dying being denied a medicine that works. For the millions of innocent people: fathers, mothers, sons, grandparents, teachers, doctors, who are going to jail for using a natural substance in substitute for alcohol. Students being denied financial aid for making the choice. It's a moral outrage. Anyone could smoke pot, so pot-head is an ambiguous term in today's society. Be above the influence of ignorance. Shape your own mind. Think outside the box. Be content.
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