The only con I see is that its illegal. Every thing else is fine.
hemp hemp hooray
I find it can make me feel a little unmotivated sometimes and I also can't concentrate on my work very effectively. That's not a problem on a Saturday afternoon, but it would be if I tried to smoke before work. Still beats alcohol in my opinion, however.
Marijuana is a choice, and smoking it around kids and other people causes second hand smoke and those children dont have a choice to "avoid" it (similar to ciggs). The other issue is similar to meds and alcohol etc. I would not want my life placed in someone who has been smoking it (such as a doctor doing surgery, cranes, climbing etc). My concern with it being legal is while people now use and drive. How much of this is going come out of the woodwork? Are suddenly mistakes going to be blamed on "ohh I was high" and next thing you know Marijuana gets blames for everything. Where its the users problem. Im not aginast it being legal but theres ALOT of things to be of issue before its 50 state legal.
I mentioned meds and alcohol in my post. Theres some great reads on why weed was banned .. http://www.herbalsmokecafe.com/marijuana-tax-stamps.html
then of course Prohibition http://cocktails.about.com/od/history/a/prohibition.htm
Mind altering properties and impairment, creates harmful teratogens that can permanently damage the development of your child during pregnancy, and it speeds up the degradation of the cognitive functions with repeated abuse
There's more but... whatever. There's already enough harmful substances that people pump into their bodies that's legal. Patients with terminal illness should be allowed to use it, but I don't think the general public should.
Like I said, it's good for people with terminal illnesses and things but widespread use? I don't think it's a good idea. Sure, there's the upside to decreased expenses on the law enforcement end of things and it may generate some extra revenue but I think the health of the nation is more important. There's enough harmful substances on the market, in my opinion and I think it's a bad idea to add more.
It's legal because it's so intrinsically linked to cultured societies that it literally causes chaos without it (look at prohibition). Alcohol can be brewed anywhere too, and it was impossible to control when it was outlawed. Marijuana has been around for a very long time but it's never been quite as popular as alcohol. Most people can trade one vice for another and alcohol was the more socially accepted drug, so that's why it's legal.
You're right though, they can similar effects.
No problem, it was a pleasure talking to you. =)
Hemp != marijuana.
as it destroys life and illegal
ITS ILLEGAL. THAT IS ONLY THING.