There are many types of people who oppose legalizing Marijuana for a variety of reasons. Many of these groups have some very strange reasons and selfish interests. Many are just ignorant of the facts. Here's some of the opposition:

The Uninformed - People who believe the misinformation that Pot is harmful to society.

The Government - Pot has been illegal for so long that no politicians have the political courage to tell the truth about Pot. The ones that do tell the truth are defeated by their opponents that paint them as a druggie. Many of these anti-drug politicians are funded by the Alcohol lobby.

Religion - Anything fun is sin and of the Devil. Churches might lose members as people figure out that God can't be that stupid.

Moralizers - The morally superior who enjoy looking down their noses at the less fortunate and get a sadistic thrill in putting people in jail.

People who do no Drugs - These people who don't drink, don't smoke, in some cases don't even drink coffee. They just don't understand why anyone would want to smoke anything or do any drug. From their perspective the world would be better off if no one did anything.

The Alcohol Lobby - Legalizing Pot would seriously cut into the sales of Beer. Pot would become the recreational drug of choice because it is safer than Beer.

The Tobacco Lobby - Pot has the ability in some people to help them break the addiction of nicotine. Pot smoking could actually reduce the number of tobacco addicts.

Law Enforcement - There are a lot of people who make a living fighting Pot who would have to go get a real job if Pot were legalized. Police departments get a lot of funding to fight Marijuana and those funds could be returned to the taxpayer if Pot were made legal. Cops would have to chase robbers, rapists, and murderers.

Government Agencies - Using unconstitutional civil forfeiture laws the government has been able to use the presence of Pot to steal billions of dollars of private property from the People. Drug laws have been an excuse to circumvent our constitutional right and justify wire tap laws, the erosion of protection from illegal searches, key recovery encryption, and domestic spying. If you take a politically unpopular position like this one I'm taking now, the government can plant drugs on you and put you away.

Pot Dealers - If Pot were legalized then people making money off of selling Pot illegally would be out of business. Pot prices would drop to $10 a bale. Crime relating to illegal Pot money would vanish.

Wood Industry - Hemp would become the primary source of fiber for paper products as well as a new source for building materials. We wouldn't have to cut down every big tree in the world.

Private Prisons - If Pot were legalized the private prison industry would be hurt. They would no longer jail Pot smokers. It could free up space for violent criminals.

Trial Lawyers - Normal people caught with a joint spend billions each year on lawyers to get them off of criminal charges after getting caught with a joint. Lawyers get rich off of the Marijuana laws. If Marijuana were legal this money could be spent sending your kids to college.

Mental Hospitals - There's a big industry treating people for problems they don't have. If you have insurance, you're crazy until the insurance coverage runs out. If you smoke Pot then you have mental problems. If Pot were legal some of these people would have to get real jobs. We should start treating people who are addicted to 12 step programs.

Republicans - Pot helps you see reality the way it really is. It's harder to con a Pot smoker on political issues. Once you get stoned it's harder to want to hate Liberals, Queers, Blacks, Pregnant Teens, Draft Dodgers, President Clinton, Feminists, Lesbians, Pot Smokers, and other people the Republicans want you to hate. When you're stoned it's harder to like Newt Gingrich, John Ashcroft, the KKK, the Christian Coalition, Jerry Falwell, Pat Buchanan, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, People who beat Gay's to Death, People who blow up Abortion Clinics, and the morally superior in general.

Political Cowards - Politicians like to pose with police as somebody who is "against drugs" promising to lock up all the pot smokers and throw away the key. These people need an artificial issue to be against so they don't have to face real issues like how to protect the public from crooked lawyers and crooked judges. Political cowards cross all party lines when it comes to pot and includes President Clinton.

Others - These groups could also be hurt by legalizing Pot. Car body shops would get less alcohol related wrecks to fix. Hospitals would get less alcohol related business as would alcohol treatment centers and funeral homes. It could hurt cemeteries and tombstone makers as well.

so to me, it sounds like no one wants to legalize mary jane because it would actually make everything a lot better & people will lose buisiness? who cares, lets make this world a better place & legalize it!
cant wait for 4.20
sorry its kinda long.

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Fri, 03/25/2011 - 1:56am

Damn, never thought it through that much. Crazy stuff. Up vote for you!:]

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 8:42am

The KKK was founded by Southern Democrats as a counterweight to the abolition of slavery. Just like The Civil Rights Act was passed by a majority Republican Congress, while Democrats filibustered it the whole way. Read up on your history before you start mindlessly spouting off the liberal talking points you hear from Jon Stewart. There are tons of libertarian Republicans that fully support legalization of marijuana, so take your bullshit somewhere else.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 9:04pm
Nastrael Says:

Actually, if you knew your history you'd know that Republicans and Democrats didn't exist in their current form until the Great Depression. Prior to that, the "capitalist/urban/evangelical party" was the Whigs who became the Federalist party, which was opposed by Democratic Republican party. The Remaining Whigs fused with Democratic Republican party due to shared interest in the abolition of slavery into the Republican party while the remaining pro-slavery Democratic Republicans became Democrats. Then, once the Civil Rights Movement hit and Democrats favored anti-descrimination legislation, the black vote shifted to favor the Democrats. Thus, the respective parties took their modern forms. Also during the Great Depression, Democrats favored Government action while the Republicans placed their faith in the invisible hand of the market.

Now take your bullshit misinformation somewhere else.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 2:06am
Spliffman Says:

Very, very well thought out. Definitely worth the read. Very insightful!!

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 3:05am
microlnk Says:

Honestly I could care less if it's legalized or not. I'd be satisfied if it was just decriminalized. Part of the thrill of smokin weed, is buying it from a dealer, or growing your own bud to smoke. If it was legalized it just wouldn't feel the same.

Tue, 03/29/2011 - 11:14pm

i feel exactly like this man, people just don't understand /:

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:56am
bakayurei Says:

what are you talking about, weed's great fun whether you're smoking in the open or not, and is someone's little rebellious thrill really worth so much grief for everyone else?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:49pm
I'm_Bloo Says:

thank these people. once cannabis is fully accepted into world culture, these folks will move on to cocaine, and eventually sew the seeds of cocaine being fully accepted which will lead to the opiates being accepted again.

that kills off 65% of the US Navy's job (Navy is where the majority of U.S. Mil spending goes), kills off 90% of the cash-flow of EVERYONE currently making money off of trafficking narcotics, whether on the legal or illegal side of it.
it also allows damn good business men (distributors, cartel heads, warlords, and the like) the opportunity to move into a more legal, lucrative position. Basically, corporate-ize the current black market drug industry.

so, legal cannabis today. legal cocaine tomorrow.

United States of (corporate) Earthica coming soon to a country near you.

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 6:47pm
bakayurei Says:

cocaine's already at least as popular as weed is, but anyway i don't think it would be such a bad thing if all drugs became legal everywhere and there no longer was a war on drugs, how's america going to go to war without the war on drugs.. but i don't think we'll get to that point anyway, maybe we'll always have a culture of cocaine users and an underground worldwide market but weed, alcohol, and tobacco will be legal for recreational use

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:04am
hashishtag Says:

If you're curious as to how you could wage war, look at your country, American. Why do you fall down the slippery slope that you yourself have drooled on?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:59am
hashishtag Says:

If it's legalized, it will reduce the sensation of Paranoia from the drug. The paranoia overwhelms stress receptors, which is a terrible side effect. The last thing a patient would need for treatment is stress. Honestly, worrying about the police is stressful. If I'm guilty of possession or under the influence, I'm screwed big time. I have enough on my plate. Now, I have to worry about the NSA. I know I'm complaining but honestly, jail time sucks. How can I get stoned without worrying about the police grabbing me in my sleep? Legalize it, and rid the world of its paranoia.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 9:04pm
I'm_Bloo Says:

or you could just not be a f'ckin pussy.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 2:07am

Paranoia has nothing to do with being a pussy or not, you obviously have not done time in jail, especially for pot... it feels like your in jail for no fuckin reason, oh wait that's exactly it.

You want to act all brave and say "fuck getting caught by the police, I don't give a daaaamn!" People who have your mentality are not brass balled revolutionists, they are reckless assholes who end up getting caught one day and cryin like a bitch.

I'll leave on this note, having a fear doesn't make you weak, it makes you wise. So have fun being a "fearless" Iidiotic jerk.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:52am
I'm_Bloo Says:

fear makes a man faster, stronger, more reflexive, and more impulsive.
but wiser, i'd say not.

live without fear my friend, just as those without faith live without faith.

it's a crutch, from a de-volved time in our existence.

and no, i did my bid fully aware of my actions. i didn't feel as if i didn't belong there, nor did i feel innocent.

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:53pm
Fri, 03/25/2011 - 3:05am
microlnk Says:

Honestly I could care less if it's legalized or not. I'd be satisfied if it was just decriminalized. Part of the thrill of smokin weed, is buying it from a dealer, or growing your own bud to smoke. If it was legalized it just wouldn't feel the same.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 2:13am

Really? You sound like an adrenaline junky not a stoner bruh. Growing your own herb with your own sweat and 2 hands is sooo rewarding. The only way to describe smoking weed you have grown is like enjoying your kids. YOU made it, YOU kept it alive, YOU helped it thrive and watched it grow from a seed to a full mature plant ready to get out in this world and make a change.

Smoking your own personally grown herv is much like having and raising a child. It's a great feeling. So good luck with that relying on another person to get you your weed, I'll keep on keepin on with my babies lol.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:53pm

Man, you sound like someone who would be thieving. Chill out dude.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 3:07am
microlnk Says:

Honestly I could care less if it's legalized or not. I'd be satisfied if it was just decriminalized. Part of the thrill of smokin weed, is buying it from your dealer, or growing your own bud to smoke. If it was legalized it just wouldn't feel the same buying it in a store like spice.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 11:40pm
Shmammy Says:

If only everybody weren't a bunch of jackasses.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:39pm
Nickynork Says:

You are literally too stupid to insult

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 1:22pm
holtzcl7 Says:

You summed it up well. Textile and electric power industries are also big contributors. Homes made of hempcrete save up to 60% of household energy. However, the corrupt Pharmaceutical industry is the top threat against medical marijuana, and it has the most to lose. Cannabis would replace most prescriptions with no harmful side effects.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:54pm
Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:58am
bakayurei Says:

head shop owners who don't want competition from supermarkets

the taliban who couldn't have taken control of afghanistan if the afghans were never forced to stop growing weed

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:26pm
VadersGirl Says:
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:39pm

Pharmaceutical companies will never let Marijuana legal, they spend so much money fighting it, it's crazy!

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:42am

i want pot to stay illegal in india because its too cheap here 40$ for 250 grams the the taxes would be too much if it was legalized XD

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:33am
Pyrokinder Says:

Damn, around here its $40-$50 for 1/8 (3.5g)

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:42pm

lol you guys need to come here then xD

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 4:44am

This is da straight truth, really needs to be spread far and wide beyond this website.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:37pm
Keegan1948 Says:

I know some smokers who oppose it because they're afraid it'll become similar to the tobacco companies. Anyone selling weed'll probably be more chill then that though.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 7:10pm
I'm_Bloo Says:

anyone slick enough will realize they can grow their own shit, and after about 200 days (little over half a year, 3 yields) you should know a thing or two about a thing or two.

the real problem lies in companies patenting certain seeds or 'strains' and them pulling some kind of copyright infringement, but then again, that would only apply to someone making money off the grow op, not for private use (i think, i'm not exactly an expert on intellectual theft laws in america)

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:48am

Your right, for private use or even street dealing would have no copyright repercussions. Personal use is justyou and maybe your girl/guy and some friends, street dealing is illegal already so why not just keep on keepin on.

It's like the whole "your fired" thing. Donald Trump patented "your fired" (smug asshole) but I can say it all I want. It's only when it becomes public knowledge of you using the copyrighted item. Kind of an out of sight out of mind kind of dilemma.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 9:14pm
Nastrael Says:

I don't think an entire species can be copyrighted as IP. The means of prducing it might be, but the product cannot. Otherwise every cash crop would be copyrighted already and all those kids selling lemonade or those family run farmers markets and your grandma's bake sale would be getting raided by the feds or at least sued. If someone hasn't found a way to make more money off crops by now, I doubt anyone will.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:00am
mexichan2 Says:

i oppose it cause if you're a true stoner you already smoke it despite legality meaning you're willing to risk your freedom for it and plenty other things just for something your know in your heart is a good thing . i like those people ......the rest that come after that are cowards imho

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:11am

Spot on the whole way down but there is a flaw in your "removing the presence of street dealing" theory. The way the government is going about dispensaries will never put illegal dealers out of business. I live in WA State, where it's legal and we have recreational dispensaries. The problem is they charge roughly around $30/gram. Why would I pay $30/gram when I get get equal or better shit for $10/gram? Until the government realizes the "illegal dealers" are truly their competition and has competitive prices, they will never overcome street dealing. I am told it's the same price in Colorado as well. However dispensaries have the upper hand with the following:

People who fear buying pot illegal now have no fear, a lighter wallet, but no fear.

Less chance of being busted. Keep your paperwork in check and the cops can fuck off.

They have government backing. This means they are funded by the government so they will never run low on weed. Ain't it a bitch when your dealer runs out? And ain't it a travesty when your back up dealers run out at the same time?

But your right, but it will only happen when the government learns how to play the game of Monopoly.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:19am

Oh and to answer your question, of course legalize it, but to legalize means we as the people have all rights to it. Meaning we can grow, use and sell it. What is truly happening here in Washington State and Colorado is "Decriminalizing". It's really the most hypocritical thing ever. You can posses and consume Cannibis, but you can not buy or sell it without government permission. I guess you could say you bought it from a dispensary but nonetheless, it's dumb. Yes, of course to full legalization. But legal, illegal... imma get high, so fuck it.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:56pm
psycco Says:

It's not gonna put pot dealers out of business and the price of pot won't be going down. People are never gonna stop selling pot whether or not it's legal because people are never gonna stop using it. You are misinformed about pot dealers and it's time to recognize the difference between selling pot legal or illegal. If anything pot prices will have to go up because now I have to pay taxes on what I sell to the damn Government and I have to get permits and licenses that all cost more money. People have to get medical cards that cost money so now that cost the consumer more too. The Government just wants a piece of the pie out of hard work that they did not help in at all, they made our work even harder. They put us in jail and made criminals out of us. Some of us can't get real jobs if we wanted to because of it and now all of a sudden they wise up and say legalize it to be able to take our money? FUCK THEM keep that shit illegal. I'll face my consequences as a millionaire if I get caught rather than live how they want to paying them money to keep me living in an apartment and struggling to pay bills. And on the consumer side they don't let us walk around in parks smoking. I can't smoke weed in a parking lot in Colorado let alone light one up in a McD's, I can't open a hang out spot for pot smoking or hookah weed bar or even have a barbershop hot boxed. So I wonder why the fuck anyone that does smoke wants it legalized. Nothing changes except one thing: Uncle Sam, he wants our money. Please anyone who reads this vote yes on medical there's people that really do need help and mary j helps them but vote HELL TO THE FUCK NO on legalizing recreational marijuana. Don't fall in that trap the Government has set up to make you think society is going to benefit from it the only benefit, and won't stress it enough, is in their pockets. Marijuana affects memory and makes you relaxed and lazy it's like an end of the day thing but as much as I love it people don't use responsibly and I don't need a country full of stoned people 24/7 because then shit's really gonna fall apart. Just let it be. There are so many reasons to not legalize it, but it's gonna happen wether I want it to or not because the master has planted the seed of deceit to the people to puppet them into what they want without knowing it and that's why you think it's all gonna be better and that it's healthy and that's why you think pot dealers will be out of jobs and good weed will be cheap. I'll adapt to whatever comes but I won't be happy about it and people's reasoning on the subject is all out wack.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 5:15pm

No sir, you are talking about "decriminalization". Pot in Colorado and Washington is not legalized. People throw that word around and don't understand it. If we legalize it, and I mean truly legalize it, anyone can grow it (If your 21 years old or older). Thus reducing the need of street dealers.

Street dealing will never go away your right, but if you give them competition then customers will be taken from street dealers. What I mean by getting rid of street dealing is really reducing street dealing. And if you think people won't buy from dispensaries your mistaken, Colorado has brought in revenue of over $20million so far and that's at the $30/gram that you claim no one should buy. This money goes towards schools, city repairs etc.

But that doesn't matter, because i'm talking about legalizing not decriminalizing. I'd wrather have it illegal than decriminalized. But if legal means I can grow without harassment, hell yeah I want it legalized. So no, I don't think I'm misinformed. People need to know the difference between legal and decriminalized. Dictionaries are still around people, use em.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:18am
psycco Says:

I think you missed my point entirely.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:22am
psycco Says:

And regardless I don't need anyone growing their own weed either that still takes money away from my pockets. I guess you don't understand because you don't live this life.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 9:07pm
I'm_Bloo Says:

dude stfu.

you push weed by the ounce.
probably not even by the ounce.
you probably flip quarters.
you're not a drug dealer.
you're not a distributor,

yooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ain't
yooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ain't

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 12:07pm

I re-read your post and yeah I totally misunderstood what you where trying to say, my bad, it happens lol. But as far as should it be legal or not, I still firmly believe in legalize. Just because everyone CAN grow, doesn't mean most will. Growing is something that takes time, patience, skill, devotion etc. which most people nowadays lack in at least 1 of these areas which discourages them from growing their own.

I just started growing myself (only 1 yield so far) and I see lots of people I could sell to just because they are lazy and refuse to do the work themselves. But your right, for now until I get my product at the levels I want, I will not sell. My reputation is at stake and I will not be known as the dude with the Mecican Shwag. Until I get my product to the quality I want, I will only use it for personal use.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 9:24pm

One last point before I get out of this conversation, your justifying keeping it illegal so illegal street dealers such as yourself can continue to profit off of illegally sold weed?

If it's legal people will still buy it illegally, stop holding us all back because you want to profit. Try thinking of all of us stoners as a whole. Also why don't you try selling to a dispensary? I am currently goin threw the paper work to do so. You can sell mass amounts fast, you have a steady paycheck, you have little to no harassment from police, etc. Get with the times bruh, it'll actually help you in the long one. Just lookin out for a fellow partaker.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:08pm
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:36pm
Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:11am
matt22550 Says:

I wouldn't want it fully legalized just because I know big tobaccos equivalent will appear and start adding pesticides and chemicals I don't want in my gangja. Down with Big Bud.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:35am

Actually, not making it fully legal and decriminalizing it does what your saying, with decriminalization, tobacco companies can do the same thing. But if it was fully legalized, persons who are 21+ can grow, meaning you wouldn't even need to look at a product from the big bad tabacco companies. However, decriminalization means the only legal source to get Marijuana from is in fact the government. Otherwise it's illegal. So really full legalization would make it so we could go around those rich smug assholes and grow our ganja naturally and know exactly what is getting put into it. Keep weed in the people's hands and out of the big businesses', fully legalize it.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:05am

Just because someone is religious doesn't mean they think that way I'm a Christian and I smoke yes I was rises into it and no I don't force it on people in fact I sell bud on a regular basis to my neighbor who is actually my pastors son he's married with two kids and we think there's nothing wrong with smoking God put it on the earth didn't he so why not enjoy it :))

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 6:37pm

lol come on man don't act like there aren't any cons to legalizing marijuana.would you want your 8 year old daughter smoking? i used to think there were no cons to weed but there are. If you really want to know il list em but from my experience i feel like your mind is already made up. I personally don't care if they legalize it, but i prefer they didnt because i feel like companies will add these addictive chemicals to it like they do ciggs. but i live in cali where cops don't even care about weed so maybe thats why i don't care.