I'm sorry, I know I'll probably piss some people off with this, but just know that I'm only ranting my opinions here and don't mean any direct offense to anyone. I've just been seeing alot of talk about this on other sites lately, and thought I'd put my opinions somewhere. So here goes:
I don't want weed to be legalized, for several reasons.
#1, weed is not healthy. There is no scientific proof that it is in any way healthy. People get the idea that it's healthy because it's used in cancer treatment, and they think "hey, weed kills cancer!". It doesn't. It is used as a painkiller for chemo patients, and nothing more. The only medicinal value of any kind it has is to dull the nervous system, which 95% of the time is a bad thing. If you lived in a padded box, maybe this would be okay. But in the real world, you need full control of your sensory and motor skills. I don't want to be in a world full on stoned drivers, and people who think they can fly if they believe hard enough. In addition, weed carries several health risks. It ironically bears the risk of lung cancer (ANY inhaled smoke can do that-- anyone who denies it is lying).
#2, weed is a drug. Plain and simple, it is a drug, and drugs are bad. While weed may not be as bad as other drugs, it still has it's problems, as mentioned above. On top of that it makes people think that doing drugs is okay, and leads onto worse drugs. And personally, I consider drugs to be life abuse. You are SO lucky to have been born a human in the 21st century, the statistical chance of that happening is about 1 in a trillion. But no, you HAVE to do drugs, and abuse your body, because it "feels good".
The only decent arguments I've heard for legalization are the effects it may have on the economy, and that making it mainstream would likely be detrimental to crime (which are actually pretty good points). However, I don't think this outweighs seeing my friends fall to drugs. And as a side note, I'm 16. Yes, a young person that is anti-drug, if you can believe it. I will never do drugs, and I think it would be gross and traumatizing to see my friends do it. Ironically I'm an extreme leftist liberal in EVERY other regard, but I will never say yes to drugs.