"There is a mountain of seemingly valid and credible research supporting both sides of the legalization debate. "

Baloney. Every major government commission that has studied the marijuana laws in the last 100 years has said that marijuana prohibition does more harm than good.…


"• High costs to health care, criminal justice and the workplace in lost productivity will arise."

There is no evidence for this, either. The largest study of the health effects of marijuana was done by Kaiser Permanente. They studied the health records of 65,000 patients ove…


"• There will be more auto accidents as the rate of impaired drivers increases."

There is simply no evidence for this. NONE. You can find numerous pieces of research on marijuana and driving at http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/MISC/driving/contents.htm

This argument …


"• With easier access and lower prices, there will be an increase in usage."

There is simply no evidence that prohibition has any beneficial effect on drug problems. The best example is alcohol prohibition. see http://druglibrary.org/prohibitionresults.htm Alcohol consumptio…


"• Marijuana is a gateway drug causing some users to move on to more dangerous narcotics"

Pure BS, created from whole cloth by Harry Anslinger, former head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, in 1951.

How did the marijuana gateway myth get started?

First, there is…



• Marijuana use is associated with impaired cognitive function, respiratory illness and mental disorders such as depression and anxiety."

The "impaired cognitive function" simply isn't a issue for legalization.

In the first place, alcohol wins all …