With that said, no offense, but I doubt you'd know the right end of a bowl to smoke from, much less what "drug use" is going to your community. You sound like every other (R) values-voter, i.e. ignorant and scared of the "Druggies" you've never actually met or interacted with, but heard alot about on 60 minutes.
Be honest, in High School the hardest thing you ever did was Grape Nehi, right Radar O"Righty?
It's not fiesty, inexperienced ignorance is just pretty to spot.
I have no problem with whatever lol-strait-edge wanna-be-politican lifestyle you choose Tricky Ricky. To each their own, I would never tell you what you could or couldn't do with yourself.
Unlike you, of course, who would happily do just that.
But the fact you have no idea what you're talking about on the topic is rather obvious.
Anyway, I think someone saying that "weed is a thing of the past" is a pretty good indicator of said person being well out of touch with modern society.
Does that mean the war on drugs has ended, and everything is A-Ok? Uh, no.
High schoolers smoking weed is predictable and not even socially taboo anymore. Thus, my comment that its a thing of the past. An emerging problem, from what I've seen (if you can believe a lame, straight edge white Urkel like myself even knows what drugs are) isn't marijuana, it's much harder stuff. So really, we still have the same problem except legalization isn't the answer.
The laws against marijuana use is a casualty of a much larger problem, that's my point. I don't know where this undue condescension is coming from, that I'm somehow naive and I don't know what taking about. It's a faulty argumentative tactic that makes the person who uses feel better about themselves. Now THAT'S lame.
My son came home with a health paper last year (he was in third grade), it listed all the dangerous drugs he needed to learn about. I got a simaler paper when i was in school. Mine had Marijuana, cocaine, heroine, and some other stuff on it. They threw cigarette's on there too, which i always thought was kind of odd. Now my son's contained marijuana, cocaine, heroine, meth, tobacco alcohol and caffeine.
Caffeine was listed right next to cocaine and meth as a stimulant that can cause heart attacks and other terrible things. Alcohol was right there next to heroine. The message this sends to young children is that if they're going to drink a soda, they may as well try cocaine. It's all the same stuff. In the same sense Marijuana is a gateway drug because the government made it a gateway drug by associating it with all the "hard drugs" . To this day the head of the FDA will tell you with a straight face it's as bad meth.
I believe that the legalization of Marijuana would actually decrease the usage of other drugs. That's apart from all the revenue and reduction in violence you're guaranteed to receive. Will there still be issues with other drugs? Sure, but let the government admit it's mistake in regards to Marijuana, let the dust clear, and address the situation we find ourselves in at that point. It may be less dire than you think.
Oh, and feel free to respond, i don't have a problem with your credentials on the issue.
*edit* And also, while you aren't equating Marijuana to "hard drugs", i believe the state's repeated failure to draw a distinction has led to increased proliferation "hard drugs".
If failing to draw a distinction between marijuana and heroine leads to increased consumption of heroine. How can drawing that distinction via legalization of marijuana not lead to decreased consumption of heroine.
Please understand i'm not suggesting that heroine addicts will suddenly stop shooting up because marijuana is legal. I'm suggesting that there will be a greater barrier between Marijuana and heroine and fewer will cross that barrier, lessening Marijuana's "gateway drug" status.
Now heroine, prescription painkillers, ecstasy, etc, are mostly recreational. People take them to make themselves feel better. I believe that if marijuana is on the table as a non-taboo government approved substance, then people are less likely to try the alternatives. Currently marijuana, heroine, and ecstasy are all legally the same from an end-user standpoint. I think that factors into people's decision to try them. I think it explains the "gateway drug" effect. Thus i strongly suspect that legalized Marijuana will result in less heroine users. How much is certainly debatable.