First - applause for bringing fairly well thought out answers to the debate. My replies:<quoted text>
I'd like to try to address some of your points...
1. 2 things here...they could for one keep it illegal to grow your own and second, most people have no idea how hard it is to grow good THC bearing MJ.
2. Probably won't change much unless we focus more on keeping all drugs away from kids. Legal or illegal they still seem to get their mitts on stuff like that.
3. I'd say no.
4. Good point..."no" to allowing people to drive but how to field test...not sure.
5. Studies also indicate that teens who use nicotine or alcohol are 30 times more likely to try MJ. This would indicate we need to get those things out of their hands...see # 2.
7. It's estimated that 19 million people smoked MJ last year. Maybe we are already treating the folks you mention??
I think the point may be if we taxed the sales of MJ and ridded our prisons, courts, etc of the wasted dollars on small amounts of MJ and turned that into a positive effort to help teenagers we'd be way ahead. I think you'd have to agree we'd have extra funds to re-focus our priorities.
1. So keep MJ illegal to grow. How do you enforce? What are the penalites and how long before people cry 'foul' because home-growers are thrown in jail? And do you need a license to grow? How many available? Is it like alcohol?
2. We agree PREVENTION & Education is key. Where do these 'kids' learn their behaviors? School or home? Isn't it the most difficult to expect the kids to say 'no' when their parents do it at home? Isn't this key to the problem that exists now with cigs, alcohol & drugs? The fact is, kids follow in their parents footsteps. It seems to me that legalization is a step back in as much as now it's not just mom or dad who say 'smoke, drink or do drugs'. Now it's society who says 'go ahead & smoke'.(not to the teen directly, but indirectly 'good for the goose' way)
3) Good answer but again how do you manage that? Do you personally believe if it's legal, more will smoke out in public? Do you jail them for smoking in public?
4) Remains a problem to solve.
5) I agree and that goes back to my #2 also. Role modeling remains the most influential way to raise kids. How will legalization make people be more responsible with their MJ use? Particularly if a % of those people are suffering from Mental Illness as a result of their use?
6) But wouldn't legalizing all drug use make it safer because you remove the 'bad element' of drug dealers etc. "Prohibition" doesn't work right? Why not make it all legal?
7) Yes, I agree. But not enough studies and the studies and/or evidence that does exist may in fact be ignored as related to MJ because of the lack of significant studies. Just because 19 Million smoked it does not mean their hasn't been an impact if nobody is measuring what is happening with those 19 Million people. It does mean, the world won't end as we know it, but it doesn't mean their has been zero impact on society because of it. Right? Haven't you ever wondered where the heck all the latest 'illnesses' come from? Doesn't it seem that as a society we are over medicated in many ways, not just MJ but in addition to MJ? What if you KNEW that MJ use contributed to 25% of current diseases? Would that change your mind?(I am not saying it does I'm mearly trying to prompt the line that should or shouldn't be drawn)
Based on what you pointed out I am not convinced it would in fact 're-direct' funds to help people. I see equivilent things for Gov't to 'control or manage' just at a different, more complicated level to police.(like the Medicinal use law) And will 'legalizing' MJ stop the black market altogether?