Sorceress I’m sorry but that is a very poor argument. If someone is so inclined to risk jail and fines just to be able to get a high, probably are not a good prospect for our society to begin with. I mean no reasonable people are willing to risk their freedoms for something so trivial as smoking a joint. Reasonable people will abstain from breaking the law for things like this.
To create a similar argument of what you have made would be like saying, because all people have the propensity to speed in their cars, we need to abolish all traffic speeding laws. Crazy right? But when we get the thicket and higher insurance rates, we tend to slow down a bit and follow the rules. Now, do I believe that someone who gets caught smoking weed should go to jail? Absolutely not, but you fine the crap out of them! Make the fine so big that it removes the desire to burn one, which will shrink the market for illegal trafficking. Ifthey are still so inclined to continue, then maybe jail is the best place for them. Good law abiding people who have a good life that could be at risk, will not travel down that path. But like any law that is not enforced will mean nothing so enforcement is key.
When it comes to true medical use, I do not have any issues with it. I think that that point has been proven enough that there is a legitimate medical use. However these docs that hand out cards because someone cant sleep, or just need a sedative? …. There are other means for that and handing out cards is a proven route for abuse of the system.
In short legalizing a wrong will just make matters worse. Proof is playing out before us in the states that have legalized it. Crime, accidents, ER visits, even cartel activity trying to grab a place in a new booming market, all increases because of it. And in some cases the tax review (I hear) is not enough to cover the increased costs of the afore mentioned but that has not been proven to me yet.
Sorry about the size of print, I’m not sure why this happens.