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  •  Obviously its up to you whether to use it, (1+ / 0-)
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    but when discussion "descends into an argument in favor of using the substance," it usually seems to me to be more like "you should give it a try" than you should have to smoke it.

    I'm glad there are people who don't partake that are still in favor of legalization, but a lot of those people support it for other reasons and still support the perception that is a bad thing.

    Marijuana isn't a bad thing at all, in fact, its a good thing. It has harmful effects, yes, just as nearly everything does when you do it too much. There are many, many positive benefits to it though, and if more people understood that, we'd be on the fast track to legalization nationwide.

    So when people try to argue in favor of using the substances, it seems to me they're really arguing against the notion that it is bad, and arguing instead that it is a good thing.

    Sure, it's not for everyone, but its definitely for a lot more people than who use it. No one has any obligation to even try it, but that doesn't mean that no one has a right to try to convince you to give it a try (or at least do a little more research on its benefits)

    •  Just like (1+ / 0-)
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      no one is forced to drink alcohol. Some don't drink at all, some drink occasionally, and some drink way too much.

      That will happen with any drug - and alcohol is a drug, just as prescription drugs, marijuana, cocaine, etc. are.

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