Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Legalize the Ganja?
Should marijuana be legalized in the US? Many argue that it's no different than smoking or drinking and is only illegal for political reasons. Furthermore an argument could be made that it's more natural than alcohol, not to mention it' s already being used for medicinal purposes in some parts of the US. Others say that although people do not develop a chemical addiction to it like they do with cocaine or heroin, people can develop a habitual addiction. In addition, it can cause temporary problems with short term memory, concentration, and motor skills. But it seems hard to justify pot being illegal while alcohol, which has many of the same above named side effects is legal. But if we legalize weed, does it stop there? Will we eventually decide as a society to legalize all drugs and let each individual decide if they want to use them or not? Or will our society turn in the other direction and eventually outlaw everything with potential harmful effects like smoking, drinking, fast food, butter, etc... Where do we draw the line?