Sure. How could I be against one and not the other?
But you do recognise the greater amount of problems prohibition of alcohol has caused? There will always be problems, but it simply leaves us with what is the more sensible choice. Making something illegal won't get rid of it.
I think that the legalization itself would not stop anything. The same people would be using it. The same people would be trying to sell it. The same people would be driving under the influence. The only thing that might happen is instead of driving to a shady part of town, now you could go to a market and buy it. Certainly not everyone would be stoned 24-7, but I think that "experiments" would go through the roof, and possibly Cronic Users might increase. And with an increase in users, with the same percentages of bad drivers and those who are otherwise idiots, the rate of DUI and association to other crime, and those who have bad reactions would dramatically increase also.
Well it would certainly be a massive blow to the cartels. Less involvement of youths in crime. A lot less money to those who sell it illegally. Prohibition creates a criminal underworld, legalisation causes this criminal underworld to be impractical due to inability to compete with the industrial level production and price of Marijuana of legalised.
Like you said, the SAME people. Legalising or making something illegal won't matter to these people who would take this regardless. The same people wouldn't be trying to sell it because as outlined before it would be as practical as selling your own tobacco (arguably here in Australia that could make sense due to the massive taxes imposed) but still, on a large scale, very hard.
The illegality of a substance is not stopping a large majority of people, especially something like Marijuana.
I think people who think the War on Drugs is failing are those who are simply fooling themselves. If it is failing then why are so many young people in Jail/Prison for drug crimes? The war is successful, but it is not fixing the issues. I'd like to see a nation where people don't have to turn to pot, or drugs or drinking to make themselves feel better. I think it is that underlying issue that needs to be addressed in our society. Drug use is just a symptom.
I see that as a failure, is that how we solve problems? Throw people in jail? The amount of deaths caused by the war on drugs is huge. I said earlier, it is an endless cycle. The police will throw as many people as they can in jail, but you need to understand it will always be around. On top of that, the amount of tax money that goes towards this is quite a lot too. Does this seem more foolish?
A growing amount of deaths, no stop to crime, in fact the cartels are getting stronger, no end in sight etc. An absolute failure. You need to think realistically about these issues, they aren't going to go away.
Is that why Amsterdam in the Netherlands has stopped allowing its pot bars to serve tourists/foreigners?
The reason for that is, the fact people only simply go there to do just that. They find it as a negative attribute for people to simply visit their country just to smoke marijuana (though a lot are in support of it). Oh and believe it or not, there are many who have never even touched it over there. I think you have too little faith in humanity.
If we're going to do it, that is how I would like it done. Adults are fined if they buy for minors, yet minors always have liquor... I'd imagine the same would go for pot, except now it is going to be cheaper and easier to locate, and of a known quality. Yay!
Well tell me how that is worse than the current system then? One that is directly associated with crime and allows a face-to-face interaction with kids? Tell me that is better.
So what is it that is ten-fold worse? That pot is sold by dealers working for the cartels? Is it because money is going to criminals instead of the FedGov or LocalGov? Is it really so much more dangerous to buy pot, then to buy cigarettes or liquor... for a teenager?
A lot of youths I know who are even associate with crime are so due to the distribution of Marijuana. If this was legalised they probably would be associated with it at all. And yes, the huge amounts of money going to criminals is the top reason the war on drugs is failing. In turn, that only leads to more problems. Would not having that money instead going to businesses and governments be a better way to go?
On top of that, dealers often possess more than one drug to sell, this often leads to people trying a different drug.
But you do store it somewhere don't you?
Marijuana would also have side effects listed on the side of the packet if it were to be legalised. Is that a worse off as well?
Making it a prescription drug doesn't stop the problems unfortunately which is why I ask again to think realistically about the problem.
That is true, but irrelevant. Just because some kind of substance is non-addicitive, or is less addictive then existing substances does not mean that it is OK to make legal. A gun or a knive can kill you a lot easier then a fist, but that does not mean that beating someone with your fist is any less an attack. Just as pot is not any less a mind/perception altering substance.
Video games are not physically addictive, yet people have died from mental addiction to them. Pot is not physically addictive, but is just as readliy mentally addictive as anything else, but has the modifier that it makes you feel good, and takes away your worrys. So, that state is a lot more desirable, and thus a LOT more likely to induce mental addiction. Like you said, your friend fairly easily got off pot, but I've known real pot-heads too, and they would steal, or beg, or sell off valuables in order to get their weed while they are regularly smoking it.
I didn't say it made it OK, just the fact that it meant control over ones actions. So the parent would be able to restrain themselves over smoking Marijuana in from of their kids moreso than tobacco.
And yes, anyone can be addicted to anything. My point still stands that Marijuana does not have any addictive properties which is the key difference between tobacco and video games, which do possess addictive properties. Those people who you knew who were seemingly addicted to pot, if it wasn't that, I can guarantee you they would be doing something else. Maybe even more dangerous.
Let me ask you this, if tobacco and alcohol were made illegal, do you think it would cause more problems or would the problems all simply dissipate?