I have a friend who likes to smoke up but actually he hates the living shit out of weed and thinks its ruining the world (he continues to smoke cause he's addicted). I decided to post his opinions but mine as well. Anyway, we already have tobacco and alcohol problems in this country. Why should we legalize another drug? This country is well known for being stupid with drugs and abusing drugs. Do we really need another drug to legalize? Freedom of choice? It's gonna cost this country a lot just to do so. Medical? Is there really medical benefits? Or is it just an excuse for potheads and old people to get high? If medical weed is legalized, then people can cure their back problems while at work. It's not like their back pains won't return. Then they'll be too stoned to work and it'll all be legal and will cause a slow down in this country. Expensive pills not working? Side effects? He thinks that patients are lying and just want weed to get high. As harsh as it sounds, we cannot just ignore these things. I've read posts from some of you that are trying to bullshit your doctors to get a medical card (YOU know who YOU are!) Statistics in other countries? One pot head said "Look at Amsterdam, they're doing fine!" Yet a non smoker from a completely different forum said: "Amsterdam is full of whores and potheads! It's disgusting!" Plus, we're not Amsterdam. In fact, we can't even let alone handle alcohol that we had to push the drinking age to 21. We saved 20,000 lives a year just for doing that. Many of you think the government just wants money, doesn't want us to know the truth, etc. But perhaps they're keeping weed illegal for a perfectly better reason than what you think. Maybe they simply don't want the country to be full of potheads who stay home all the time. I admit they go out of control sometimes, but so can potheads anyway. I am not for keeping it illegal, or legalizing it. But rather I'm just a curious George asking questions. Don't be mad and flame me, but rather try to think and reason. All I see are 'LEGALIZE IT' threads, but there's never a topic that questions the bad parts of weed. There's a bad side of everything. We should discuss it. I see way too many threads on people failing and dropping out of school because they skip school and get high. We cannot toss that aside. It'd be great if weed became legal and I can easily go to a store and get weed and peacefully smoke it at home. That's what we all think. But maybe we're thinking for ourselves and just want to get high. Maybe we should look at the bigger picture? Please reply and tell me your thoughts. Again keep in mind, I'm not for legalizing, nor for keeping it illegal. But I think this is a very important topic to discuss. Another thing though, this is probably like posting why pirating stuff is ok on a warez forum. But I still want your opinions. Thanks.