Originally Posted by ZodiarkSavior
Because unlike most drugs, there really isn't a reason for Marijuana to be illegal.
Ecstasy? Turns you into a vegetable.
Cocaine? Ruins lives in general.
Alcohol does the same.
There isn't a reason for any drug to be illegal. As long as I can legally sit in my house and pound down doughnuts until I die, the government has no ground to stand on telling me what is and is not ok for me to put in my body.
Originally Posted by Zerocaliber
Except you don't factor in the cost of all the increased drug treatment programs that will have to be created for individuals who are exposed to the now legal drugs. Plus, one thing they don't tell you is that, while legalizing drugs helps solve some crimes, it actually increases theft and robbery since many individuals who no longer have that source of income will attempt to get money in other ways.
Private costs are private, and we already have laws against theft/robbery/whatnot. Show me a study that demonstrates that these "related" crimes drastically spike after broad-scale legalization. My belief is that no one has ever said "Oh man I've always wanted to get hooked on crack, but it's just too bad because it's illegal". That's a nonsensical argument, imo.