Trying to justify the legalization of marijuana, or any other mind altering drug, based on tax revenue is absorb.
Society already has enough legal ways for individuals to numb their senses. Adding more based on inaccurate claims that it is no more harmful then other substances is ridiculous. Marijuana inhibits ones abilities, that's a fact.
States that have legalized it are already seeing the negatives that were inevitable, and over time it will only get worse. The feds should raid every dispensary in this country, and confiscate all assets associated with the sale of the illegal drug.
Good luck, Tony
I think the only inaccurate claim here is your claim that the claims are inaccurate... There have been several in depth studies that show no significant health risks associated to the long or short term use of marijuana. There is no correlation to long term use and an increased risk of cancer, heart, or lung disease. Therefore it is healthier than tobacco. There is no hangover, and in fact studies have shown that those who use marijuana while drinking alcohol kill less brain cells than those who do not. It also doesn't make you think impulsively or irrationally, and in fact typically would cause people to think a little bit longer about things than they would even sober. You can't overdose. There is actually a 0% chance of death. The effects are relatively fast acting and within an hour or two even the most gone of all are back on the planet. I could probably keep going but I think this is enough to show it is safer than alcohol.
It's only a gateway drug because it's the easiest thing to get. It's a lot harder for kids to get booze because they need somebody 21 and irresponsible enough to provide it, which isn't always easy for a 16 year old. But weed, you just gotta ask that shady kid in the corner.
You cannot become physically dependent, it will slightly change brain chemistry as it relates to the natural production of feel good chemicals but will return to normal within a few days of stopping use. The only side effect of withdrawal is irritability, which is also a side effect commonly experienced by the non-user.
And you're argument of not wanting to share roads, boats, woods, etc. isn't even valid because those are all things that are already illegal to do under the influence of legal drugs. Therefore it wouldn't affect you more than it already does. Blaming anything on pot is like how the snowflakes like to blame violence on guns. You sound exactly like Nancy Pelosi talking about "assault" (armalite) rifles.
Other states are having issues, and by issues I mean what the anti's ^ want to call issues, is because it's new and only available in a few states. Once it becomes the regular it won't be the cool new thing. Believe me, if kids want to smoke pot they're going to smoke pot. If they like it they'll keep doing it, if they don't the won't. If they've been provided with a solid foundation they'll go on to be successful, and most likely still smoking pot. If they haven't they'll be delivering pizzas with a bag by there side, and probably a needle too. Same as kids nowadays. Kids go off to college, fall in love with binge drinking, and never amount to anything.
The law is doing absolutely nothing when it comes to pot other than writing that 20 year old kid a citation. It's not hard to get, there isn't much of a punishment, and drug enforcers are so busy with the opioid epidemic brought on by the pharma companies that it doesn't even make sense to waste the resources on it.
By legalizing, very little would change other than the fact that the people getting paid would be legitimate businesses and the government will take 40% to pay for schools and drug counseling to deal with other drug users; instead of sending it straight to mexico where men are kidnapped to run drugs across the border and then their wives and children get raped and decapitated when the shipment gets caught at the border. But if you're against free enterprise and human rights then sure, keep supporting prohibition. It's not your family being ravaged by cartels.