This Probably Gets Asked at Least Once a Day, but WHY Is Marijuana STILL Not Legal?

Question by ¡Pinkin Lark!????4: This probably gets asked at least once a day, but WHY is marijuana STILL not legal?
I have done my research. There are no known deaths caused by Cannabis alone. It is impossible (yes, impossible) to over dose on THC/CBC. In order for either of these chemicals to cause death they would have to affect parts of the brain that control autonomic functions (all in the brain stem). There are no CBD/THC receptors in the brain stem.

The active ingredient in marijuana (THC) cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical on both humans and mice.

Some researchers even go as far as to say that the smoking of cannabis by pregnant women has no harmful effects on the child. Studies of newborns, infants, and children show no consistent physical, developmental, or cognitive deficits related to prenatal marijuana exposure. Marijuana had no reliable impact on birth size, length of gestation, neurological development, or the occurrence of physical abnormalities. The administration of hundreds of tests to older children has revealed only minor differences between offspring of marijuana users and nonusers, and some are positive rather than negative. Two unconfirmed case-control studies identified prenatal marijuana exposure as one of many factors statistically associated with childhood cancer. Given other available evidence, it is highly unlikely that marijuana causes cancer in children.

Source: “American Council for Drug Education. Drugs and Pregnancy. Rockville: Phoenix House, 1994.”

Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the United States today. Therefore, people who have used less popular drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and LSD, are likely to have also used marijuana. Most marijuana users never use any other illegal drug, something like 80%. So forget your “Gateway Drug” theory.

In 1972, after reviewing the scientific evidence, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse concluded that while marijuana was not entirely safe, its dangers had been grossly overstated. Since then, researchers have conducted thousands of studies of humans, animals, and cell cultures. None reveal any findings dramatically different from those described by the National Commission in 1972. In 1995, based on thirty years of scientific research editors of the British medical journal Lancet concluded that “the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health.”

Sources: “United States. National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. Marijuana: A signal of misunderstanding. Shafer Commission Report. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1972.”
“De-glamorizing Cannabis.” Editorial. The Lancet 356:11(1995): 1241.”

See http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/factsmyths/ for more myth busters about weed.

I myself am a recreational marijuana user and I feel no shame or guilt in it. I have never and will never use crack, heroin, pcp, acid, meth, ect. because i do see the dangers in those drugs (my brother was at one point a user of most of those drugs) I am sick of being ridiculed and criticized and labeled as a criminal and a evil, wrongdoer because i smoke a little bud. The worst crime I have ever committed was speeding 48 in a 25. I do not see marijuana as a crime, although the US government does and it makes me sick. Think of all the money the country could save and make (God knows we need it now!) if we legalized it.

See, here’s my idea. Control. Sell weed in liquor stores, thus restricting its use to Americans aged 21 and up. By legalizing it, over 16% of American prisoners would not be criminals because marijuana is responsible for much of the unnecessary arrests. So we’re freeing up some space in our crowded prisons. It would still be illegal for those under 21 to posses or consume it. also, it would still be unlawful to grow and/or sell it without proper licensing from the federal government, thus making them more money! Its a win-win for everybody.

SO please, someone tell me why on earth is cannabis STILL not legal in America? Why is tobacco and alcohol, which is responsible for hundreds of THOUSANDS of deaths a day still legal, yet weed is the “bad” drug.
FYI Kooky Leftist, if it were legal I would still use it in private as it would follow the same laws as alcohol. Public intoxication or public display of marijuana should still be illegal. No advertising other that the store (that you must be 21 or older to enter)

Best answer:

Answer by PoBoy
Pot is still illegal because our elected officials are paid to keep it that way.

Prohibition causes:
-muggings
-home break in’s
-corruption of police
-corruption of lawyers & judges
-excess mob profits
-takes a mental health problem and moves it to the criminal justice system, for the benefit of legislators, lawyers and organized crime.

A vote for prohibition is a vote for organized crime.

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