"Marijuana use is wrong."
- Whatever one's moral beliefs about marijuana consumption, marijuana laws have caused far more harm than marijuana use itself: marijuana prohibition drained precious criminal justice resources from our communities, made it difficult to keep marijuana from our children, and destroyed the lives and families of otherwise law-abiding citizens.
"Marijuana regulation would send the wrong message to teenagers."
- Regulation would reduce teen access to marijuana by taking it off the streets and regulating it, and sending adults to prison if they sell marijuana to young people. According to the White House, more than half of U.S. teens try marijuana before graduating from high school. In the Netherlands, where marijuana is sold in indoor establishments to adults who are carded for age, teen marijuana use is only 28%.
"Marijuana regulation might increase DUI related deaths on the roadways."
- Driving while intoxicated would still be illegal. And people who want to use marijuana are already using it; there are few adults who would start using marijuana if it were regulated.
"Marijuana is a 'gateway' or 'stepping stone' to hard drugs."
- It's the criminalization of marijuana that's the gateway to hard drugs. When adults enter a liquor store to buy alcohol, they don't find cocaine sitting on the shelf next to bottles of vodka; similarly, if marijuana were regulated, adults who buy marijuana would not be exposed to hard drugs (as they occasionally currently are, via drug dealers). -"Most marijuana users do not go on to use other drugs" U.S. Department of Health and Services, Washington D.C. 1995 pg. 10 -"There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs." - Report of the Institute of Medicine, 17 March 1999