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What are the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana?

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Legalization would decrease organized crime. It would allow people the freedom to choose what to put in their bodies. There are legitimate reasons for using it, it is crazy to wreck the lives of users with draconian laws.

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Who cares? I've smoked it for about 45 years. And anyone else with that kind of experience would say the question is inane, if not asinine. And I'm a Canadian. So, that legalization fear that drove the nuts in Japan's government to say they'd bust Japanese citizens for taking part while they're in Canada has made an impact. Just wait what our southern neighbours will say. As if they haven't already.

Come to Canada, all ye wanna-tokers, and go home a bit more edified on the subject.

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It never should have been made illegal in the first place, so the biggest pro is rectifying an entirely moronic move that was done in the name of profits and power. That rectifies the con of following a ridiculous prohibition that makes no logical sense whatsoever, keeping the people as sheep in a brainwashed system.

But moving beyond that, legalizing it stops putting people in jail for intoxicating themselves. Prohibition has somehow convinced people that there is something morally wrong with getting intoxicated, which itself is about as stupid an idea as there ever was. Humans have been intoxicating themselves ever since they first figured out intoxicating onesself was a possibility. It's been part of all of our cultures spiritually, but also just as a form of entertainment and bonding. The idea that there is something morally wrong with that is an affront to humanity, and entire ignorance of our history as a species. So why the hell are we imprisoning people for this? It's inane! It's the biggest farce ever to have been put on the people, and finally the people are waking up to the fact that we've been lied to.

Legalizing marijuana takes the power out of the black market. If people can get clean, quality marijuana at a store, they are not going to buy it from Dave on the corner. There is quality control, and tax money can go into education and rehabilitation.

The question shouldn't be 'should we legalize it?', the question should be 'how the hell did we ever think it was a good idea to make it illegal?'.

Canada and Uruguay are the only sane countries on the planet in this regards right now.

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I agree with each point @rawbeer, TrevorPeace and Strangerland have made. I'd add legalization would give entrepreneurs the opportunity to open new businesses, providing a bit of economic boost. In the US it's provided full-time employment for some previously marginalized workers. But for me it's all about individual choice.

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A lot of hippies who don't contribute much to the economy would be happy.

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@kawabegawa198

That's such an outdated and narrowminded point of view. Regular, working people who contribute to society, who do well by their family and friends smoke sometimes without it affecting their lives or inhibiting them. Drop the stereotype.

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A lot of hippies who don't contribute much to the economy would be happy.

And then Canada showed us how reality works.

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As soon as they figure out ways to tax it they will legalise it. As in Canada. Whether or not it has a deleterious affect on health is of no concern to Goverments---as long as they get the tax money. As with tobacco.

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All pros no cons.

Come to Canada, all ye wanna-tokers, and go home a bit more edified on the subject.

If you don't mind, we'd like to come and NOT go home. We like it there. (taking the test this saturday)

Canada and Uruguay are the only sane countries on the planet in this regards right now.

Exactly. Although I've heard that New Zealand and OZ both are close to legalizing it, and heard from a South African friend this past Saturday that they've passed a law in Parliament to legalize it.

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I'd first imagine that the initial surge would see a lot of convenience stores earning a lot of money from all of the munchies. One good con I could think of is that a lot of big pharma would complain about their sales dropping as people would use weed in replace of conventional drugs. Another con would be is that the government would find a way to get a cut in revenue for allowing former drug syndicates to operate out in the open. I'm just spitballing here

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What cons? Legalize marijuana for less business occuring in the informal, unregulated sector which leads to worker abuses for people like trimmers going unreported (As someone from marijuana-growing region of Humboldt County, CA, I know this problem to be acute). Also, more tax money to fund governmental services, especially in the rural areas where weed is grown. And maybe America's Trump-supporting "patriots" will become a little less crazy after a joint or two.

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Since no-one has mentioned it, legalizing it helps promote research into medical use. It sounds some medical uses are for non-psychoactive compounds, which are currently banned because of their source, not because of their danger to the public.

With stronger varieties coming out and more users using, it does appear that some people are susceptible to psychosis from marijuana. It is not completely harmless for everyone. Legalizing and taxing would fund research and health care for this.

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Medical benefits.

Helped several of my friends and aquaintances who were suffering various ailments and the after effects of chemo.

And of course, eliminating the drugs trade and all the murder and mayhem that goes along with it.

A lot of hippies who don't contribute much to the economy would be happy.

Lols. Such wanton ignorance.

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Whether or not it has a deleterious affect on health is of no concern to Goverments

Ignoring the fact that marijuana is mostly harmless, your above supposition is how things should be, but are not. Governments are currently prohibiting drugs based on their supposed negative health effects, but if someone wants to hurt themselves, they should have the right to - same as people are allowed to choose to drink alcohol and smoke tobacco.

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it does appear that some people are susceptible to psychosis from marijuana.

This isn't exactly correct. The ratio of people with schizophrenia in the marijuana smoking population doesn't differ from the general population. It doesn't create schizophrenia or psychosis, rather it has been known to bring these out for some who are already prone to these.

It is not completely harmless for everyone.

It's actually not completely harmless for anyone. It's just mostly harmless for almost everyone.

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Lols. Such wanton ignorance.

After 100 years of propaganda and lies, you can't expect sheep to drop their misconceptions easily. The majority of humanity has never questioned their assumptions, and therefore are nearly incapable of doing so without some outside influence. The nice thing that Canada legalizing it will do, is expose a lot of these ridiculous, outdated, and false allegations for what they are. All Canada has done is brought out something they previously hid from the police, and made it legal. Canadians of all classes were already smoking a lot of cannabis before legalization. If there's one things I've learned from associating with Canadians over the years, it's that they haven't been victims of the propaganda lies about marijuana for decades.

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A lot of hippies who don't contribute much to the economy would be happy.

A lot of those hippies are now tech engineers that drive your systems

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First, yes,  marijuana should be legalized but subject to the same controls as alcohol and tobacco.  Marijuana is not totally harmless, but more harmless than alcohol, tobacco and any number of prescription and over the counter drugs that are causing the American opiod crisis.

Second, there is one reason the U.S. is not taking Canada’s lead. With  marijuana being illegal, the U.S. can throw more people into for-profit prisons. Since Japan not of the same mind, I believe it would do no harm to legalize it here.

Third, as others have pointed out, nearly a century lies have been generated by the United States and others. It does not automatically lead to heroin use, for instance.

Does  marijuana have medicinal qualities? I have to pass.

One thing I believe it true is that smoking  marijuana could cause lung cancer. Smoke is dangerous, whatever the source.

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Third...... nearly a century of lies have been generated about marijuana by the US and others.

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There is something more beneficial to our lives when speaking on marijuana. For so many years they have been incarcerating people for a plant. 200 yrs from now even if writen in stone no one will believe that a plant was so intimidating.

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