I haven't smoked a joint in 30 years, but I did like it, I just giggled endlessly.
I am for the legalization because of what freeeye wrote and also because of the facts about Portugal: It's been 10 years since Portugal made ALL drugs legal....and following decriminalization, Portugal eventually found itself with the lowest rates of marijuana usage in people over 15 in the EU: about 10%. Compare this to the 40% of people over 12 who regularly smoke pot in the U.S., a country with some of the most punitive drugs laws in the developed world. Drug use of all kinds has declined in Portugal: Lifetime use among seventh to ninth graders fell from 14.01% to 10.6%. Lifetime heroin use among 16-18 year olds fell from 2.5% to 1.8%. HIV infection rates among drug users fell by an incredible 17%, while drug related deaths were reduced by more than half.
The USA spends trillions every year on the war on drugs. Trillions.
You can either be right all the time or you can be married.