3 Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay Illegal Reviewed

3 Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay Illegal Reviewed


All around the world,
marijuana is being decriminalized, or even made legal.
But is this really a good idea?
In the online debate,
the harmful sides are often downplayed.
So let’s look at the three most powerful arguments
against legalizing marijuana.
[Intro – Kurzgesagt]
Argument number 1:
In the last few decades,
Marijuana has been engineered
to become much more potent.
Today, marijuana is so potent,
that it’s actually a strong drug
that may cause psychosis.
The main active ingredient of marijuana is THC,
and there’s strong evidence
that THC is related to psychosis
regardless of other risk factors.
Marijuana also contains a substance called CBD,
that seems to counteract its effect.
It’s even being tested as a treatment
against psychosis and anxiety.
But because it doesn’t make you high,
growers have gradually decreased the amount of CBD
in marijuana over the last few decades,
while increasing THC levels.
Sample testing showed that THC levels
have risen from around 4% in the 1990s
to nearly 12% in 2014,
shifting the ratio of THC to CBD
from 1:14 in 1995
to about 1:80 in 2014.
It’s unclear how precise those tests were, however.
Overall, recent findings suggest
that the more marijuana you consume,
and the stronger it is,
the higher your risk of developing psychosis.
But how high is the risk of psychosis
for the general population?
A study from Britain found that
while marijuana use has risen significantly
between 1996 and 2005,
the number of schizophrenia cases –
a type of psychosis – remain stable.
The risk of marijuana induced psychosis
remains the highest for people
who already have a high risk of psychosis to begin with.
For them, it seems more likely that
marijuana speeds up
the development of their condition,
rather than causing it,
as far as we know right now.
So the reasoning goes,
if fewer people have access to marijuana,
the lower the risk of marijuana induce psychosis.
But actually, you could argue that
precisely because marijuana is illegal,
more people will end up with psychosis.
Prohibition makes illegal drug stronger and more potent,
because this way you can ship
more product in a smaller space
and sell it at a greater profit.
This is what happened during
the prohibition of alcohol in the US,
where hard liquor became the norm.
And the same is happening with marijuana now.
Imagine a world where liquor
is the only alcohol available.
You have the choice of either not drinking at all,
or getting much drunker than you would like to.
This is the situation for many marijuana smokers today.
People didn’t stop drinking during prohibition,
and the numbers show that laws
don’t deter people from using marijuana.
We can’t make marijuana go away,
but we can make it safer.
If marijuana were legal,
there would be more options for consumers,
and regulators could, for example,
insist on a high level of CBD.
Just like most people don’t drink
an after-work bottle of vodka,
many people would gladly consume
the after-work beer version of marijuana.
Argument 2:
marijuana is a gateway drug.
If it’s legalized,
there will be a spike in the use
of much more dangerous drugs.
A 2015 study found that
about 45% of lifelong marijuana users
took some other illegal drug at some point.
Legalizing marijuana could reinforce this trend:
as more young people try legal marijuana,
they might end up trying harder drugs.
But it turns out that the real gateway
to drug use comes much earlier:
cigarettes.
One study showed that
teens who started smoking before the age of 15
were 80% more likely to use illegal drugs
than those who didn’t.
And a 2007 study found that teenagers
between 12 and 17 who smoked
were three times more likely to binge drink,
seven times more likely to have used
drugs like heroin or cocaine,
and were also seven times more likely
to resort to marijuana.
But if that’s the case,
how could making more drugs legal
stop the use of hard drugs?
At first, it’s important to acknowledge that
people don’t use drugs because they’re legal or not.
If you want to buy any drug,
you’ll always find someone happy to sell.
The real question is why do people develop
an unhealthy relationship with drugs at all?
Studies show that certain conditions
make people especially vulnerable
to drugs and addiction.
A difficult childhood,
early trauma,
low social status,
depression, even genetic factors.
Which drug they get addicted to
is more often than not a matter of chance.
Addicts take drugs to escape their problems.
But drugs don’t solve any of those problems,
and instead become a new problem.
But punishing people
for their unhealthy coping mechanisms
doesn’t change anything about
the underlying causes either.
So some argue we need to
take a completely different route.
In 2001,
Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe.
So it was desperate enough to try something radical:
Possession and use of
all illegal drugs was decriminalized.
You would no longer be arrested;
Instead, authorities launched a major health campaign.
People who were found with a small amount
were referred to support services,
and got help with treatment and harm reduction.
Drug use was seen as a chronic disease, not a crime.
The results were stunning:
the number of people
who tried drugs and kept using them
fell from 44% to 28% by 2012.
The use of hard drugs decreased,
as well as HIV & hepatitis infections
and overdoses.
Making drugs legal might overall
help society much more than it harms it.
Argument number 3:
Marijuana is addictive and unhealthy.
It needs to remain illegal
to keep harm at a minimum.
While marijuana addiction is
more psychological than physical,
it is still a real problem.
The demand for treatment
for marijuana addiction
has more than doubled in the past decade alone.
In total, about 10% of people
who try marijuana will become addicted.
This is also related to higher THC levels.
A study released in 2017
tracked the potency of marijuana
and Dutch coffee shops
over a period of 16 years.
For every 1% increase in THC,
60 more people enter treatment nationwide.
In terms of negative health effects,
some studies linked marijuana use to
increased blood pressure and lung problems,
while a 2016 study found that
marijuana use was unrelated to
physical health problems,
except for a higher risk of gum disease.
Some studies showed that
marijuana use alters teenagers brains,
and decreases their intelligence;
but when more recent studies
took drinking and smoking into account,
the results were inconclusive.
Overall, research shows that
taking any drugs while the brain
is still in development is bad for you.
But the truth is, we don’t know yet
how unhealthy marijuana is.
We need more funding for research,
which is hard to get while marijuana remains illegal.
We can put what we know into perspective though.
16% of people who consume alcohol
become alcoholics,
and 32% of people who try cigarettes
become smokers.
We know for sure alcohol affects your brain,
destroys your liver and causes cancer;
while tobacco clogs your arteries,
destroys your lungs and also causes cancer.
3.3 million people die from alcohol abuse each year,
while smoking kills more than 6 million people.
Nobody is suggesting tobacco and alcohol
are harmless just because they’re legal.
Also, nobody is seriously proposing to prohibit them even though they are extremely dangerous.
Legality is a way to exercise some control over them,
especially when it comes to protecting young people.
It’s often much harder to buy legal drugs
for teenagers than to buy illegal ones.
Official sellers can get hefty fines
and lose their license if they sell to underage kids.
Legality creates incentives here
that drug dealers can’t exploit.
So making marijuana legal doesn’t mean endorsing it.
It means taking responsibility for the risks it poses.
It could also open the floodgates
to tons of new research
that shows us how harmful
it really is, and to whom.
Conclusion:
Marijuana is a drug,
and just like any other drug,
It has negative consequences
for a sizable portion of the people who use it.
It is not harmless.
The best way to protect society
from its negative consequences
seems to be legalization and regulation.
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100 thoughts on “3 Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay Illegal Reviewed

  • Водка тошнота? Что, простите? И почему на русском, что за глупые стереотипы

  • Had psychosis from hitting a blunt a few too many times… Big, long tokes. I think about 6 or 7… Broke away from reality and my "ID" took over (the ID defined by psychology).

  • Marijuana is a gateway drug wow really it's been 10 years and never touched a single needle or anything besides maybe a nasty beer hmu idk maybe it dont work on me like that

  • the gateway drug thing only happens while it's illegal because it happens when you go to your dealer to buy the usual quarter sack and he says something along the lines of "hey i got this new stuff called (insert harder drug here) you wanna try it?"

  • @3:55–4:22

    WOAH man! Those % values cannot be cross-compared in that manner…..you are manipulating the information. Unsubscribed

  • Ok but did it kill anyone? Or hurt anyone? Nope. Didn’t think so. The only thing that weed does is makes u hungry and tired and happy…it’s really not that bad. Chilll💀

  • This is the most bullshit video ever on me stupid ass hoe he probably a cop trynna make stoners stop smoking something that helps people

  • Drinking booze doesn't make you drunk lmAo its called self control or moderation gate way drug lmaoolo
    IGHT IMA DISLIKE N HEAD OUT.

  • 2:00

    Holy shit! This is interesting to hear.. I've actually always described it this way, as it doesn't cause my psychosis, especially when I'm on my anti-psychotic meds. I have always said that, if anything, it would speed up the process of my psychotic episodes when stuck in a state where I cannot process it or it will just… Not come out. As if I couldn't release any of the tension being created within my symptoms. It feels as if I am stuck. When I smoke it helps me manage the pain mentally, emotionally and physically; even helping me process the symptoms I am experiencing sometimes and eventually being able to work through them. Of course, it is not a cure all drug- nothing is. But they can lead you in the right direction and even help with hormonal imbalances and pain management.
    The human brain is extremely complex… There is no way to tell whether someone will react positively or negatively to the drug, besides the obvious cases. You learn through experimenting. Not saying that everyone should experiment with different drugs, but I find it hard to understand how someone going through a pill journey to find the right antidepressant is more acceptable than trying a natural drug such as medicinal marijuana.
    Personally for me, weed does not induce new psychosis, but rather brings out my current psychosis and helps me overcome it, if that makes any sense.

    Just be fucking responsible and you'll be fine lol

    Side note: Addiction is a common issue with everything in this world, not just marijuana. Ever seen the show My Strange Addiction??

  • I'd argue that cigarettes are the true gateway-drug because you smoke when you're stressed which leads to using stimulants to cope with stress.

  • 6:08 هذه الجملة فيها مغالطة منطقية تسمى (توهم العلة _السبب_): حيث إن مساعدة المدمنين صحياًوطبياً ونفسياً هو الذي يساعد المجتمع وهذا السبب في نجاح التجربة البرتغالية وليس عدم اعتبار المخدرات جريمة في هذه التجربة.

  • The best way to eradicate the problem is to literally eradicate the problem, but I'm sure nobody is going to do that in a thousand years from now

  • your assuming that being high is bad, its not bad at all, being drunk is bad. being high is not dangerous and its not a gateway drug, someone who's willing to to one drug will be willing to do different drugs already

  • "The gateway drug theory is (BS)💩…." If its a gate way drug, why are they legalizing it!. Methamphetamines, opiate's, cigarettes and alcohol are the real killers!.😷

  • This is pure shit, I smoke weed and I would never try other drug, nobody from my friends wants something else than weed, the creator is an fucking idiot

  • People fucking die from cigarettes and alcohol poisoning. Some people become addicted from PRESCRIPTION pills that doctors give out. Weed has never harmed anyone, and weed has done so much more good then it has done good.

  • If you dont smoke it dont worry about people that do its none of your business what someone else does with their body bitch

  • I quit almost 30 years ago, I felt that weed prevented me from learning and educating myself about math and the sciences, it did increase my ability to learn subjects that I wanted to learn!!

  • Having corrupt government legislators dictate what I can and, cannot do with my life and free time is what I consider criminal. Years of using has also proved it is NOT a gateway drug….weakness and low self esteem are what fuel addiction to drugs/alcohol and your ultimate destruction!!!

  • They talked and showed more about smoking and alcohol ect thAn they did about weed…or I'm just high and and didn't realise

  • Pot is a plant that grows int the ground
    if God didn't want it it wouldn't be around
    So to all you cunts that don't get high
    Shut the fuck up and give it a try

  • Ya regulate it so much that only big corporations can make money while regular people stand no chance.. cheers to that..

  • Honestly weed is better than drinking because people that drink can get violent and kill people when driving and weed just makes you chilled out

  • Almost 70% of people who use sugar will end up drinking coffee, almost 90% of people who have used coffee will use a computer, almost 80% of people who have used a computer can see, 100% of people who can see will die, sugar is bad hmkay?

  • The problem with your video?
    The statistics.
    Statistics are skewed by their source.
    Anti cannabis groups will have statistics stating how bad it is.
    Pro cannabis groups will have statistics showing how harmless it is well as how medically beneficial it is.
    I have smoked more weed than any one person should.
    I drank more alcohol than a sailor on shore leave, to the point of temporary blindness(it lasted 24 hrs)
    I smoke cigarettes. Never tried harder drugs of any kind.
    The o ly thing I wasn't able to walk away from. Cold turkey. Forever?
    The cigarettes.
    Cigarettes are the real problem

  • So… should we illegallize internet for the potential harm badly designed pages can do to sensitive user data? I don't think so guys…

  • Anything in excess is bad for the human body. it is not something that should be used on a daily basis but it should fall into the same category as alcohol or cigarettes. It's been demonized for a long time and too many people have been punished excessively for it. The gateway theory is a Crock. There are many people who went on to harder drugs and never used marijuana. If they won't legalize it then it should be decriminalized at least. P.S. addicts don't use drugs to escape their problems. They are not that dumb.They use drugs to briefly forget their problems.

  • This is so fucking sad, may i inform you that in medical use it can really help just saying you should also get informed in medical facts, cbd is always good for pain and mental ilnesses

  • Psychosis is a thing that I see very few people talk about. Especially in the case of people with bipolar disorder. I had to experience aggressive and antisocial behaviour from a bipolar flatmate because he was a stoner and he regularly had psychosis. He thought he was medicating himself the right way and he used to think he acted calmer because of weed. In fact, weed only made him suppress the feeling of his symptoms and it gradually made him more paranoid. I am tired of how people keep pushing this stupid agenda of weed being a magical medicine which substitutes every possible type of medication for all mental illnesses, whereas in reality, it is not even a medicine- not thc at least; it is a leisure drug and it has to be used responsibly, especially by those who suffer from serious mental conditions.

  • Kinda feel bad now for smoking Marihuana, but its literally the only "drug" i take and i have to say it made me more chill in general. My anxiety good kinda better.
    I also smoke it since a long periode of time and i can still go 2 weeks or more without it.

  • There is no need for laws regarding cannabis. Laws of this nature only serve greed. Repeal of laws is the only honest way to go. Control through taxation and regulation of natural commodities is shameful. Here in the USA most people are in favor of "legalization", but they don't seem to understand what that really entails and who it ultimately benefits. Repeal is the word they're yearning for, but don't know it. There are always more options than are presented by those who seek (or are paid/programmed as puppets) to control. This video presentation is complicit in the "choice A or B paradigm". In all it's examples, this video presents only 2 choices which are both focused on money/control.

  • Psychosis is a labeled fiction created lying psychologist to help them conjure up ways to demonize real medicinal to promote the sales of their funhouse pharmaceuticals with all kinds of brain damaging side effects…….lies lies sweet little lies!…..I see what they're trying to pull here🤔💨💩

  • Argument Number 2 is bullshit I been smoking since I was 14 year olds, I’m 19 and have never thought about another drug besides weed.

  • Im schizo but i smoke anyway The only thing it does is make my emotions harder to deal with after the high wears down it’s called moderation

  • Way to bad. Let people be free of deciding about their life instead of spreading videos saying that nowadays marijuana is a strong drug. You have no idea of what you are talking about. Have an experience with stong drugs and then review your thinking.
    I accept every opinion but not fake news.
    Stop prohibition.

  • Every time you have a conversation with a stoner about marijuana they bring up alcohol. Like wtf LOL has anybody else realized this? Like literally no fucking reason they will just bring up alcohol? what? fucking what? someone tell me am I missing something? why are stoners always comparing shit. It’s like a suicidal person saying well no if I jump off the hotel vs the waterfall than at least I won’t feel anything it will be better? Ok so why mention the fucking waterfall then? Stoners are the exact same way. “Well it’s better than alcohol” in a gay trans man with pink hair voice. Fucking weirdos

  • So funny to see all the druggies in the comments making jokes to make themselves feel better about their life being controlled by some retarded leaf

  • My question now is “how tf is marijuana addictive? Because to me addictive drugs make your body dead without them

    And to me addictive drugs can cause overdose but is there been a recorded case of marijuana overdose?

    Why is marijuana so feared that cigarettes, alcohol is ligal?

    I need answers from the smart person who uploaded this clip
    My mail is open

  • Make all drugs legal hard or light.

    Let all those fuckin' bio garbages die of cancer. World is already getting overpopulated and they will be of great help by reducing unproductive, unmotivated and usless population.

  • Besides medicinal use, there's no valid reason to smoke weed. May not be as bad as cigarettes but still ain't healthy, always a better alternative ._.

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