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Why is weed illegal, but alcohol is legal?Alcohol is much more damaging than weed. So...

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jeffharnish55 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2012 at 1:01 AM via web

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Why is weed illegal, but alcohol is legal?

Alcohol is much more damaging than weed. So please help me.

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 1, 2012 at 1:30 AM (Answer #1)

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You might ask, "Why isn't alcohol illegal?" Actually it was illegal for many years under Prohibition, but the government couldn't enforce the law effectively. Finally, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the U.S. in 1932, he used his influence to have Prohibition repealed. People who are opposed to legalizing, or decriminalizing, marijuana believe that it is dangerous because it leads to the use of other drugs such as heroin and cocaine which are much more dangerous than alcohol. These "heavy" drugs are truly devastating, and it is a fact that some people who start with smoking marijuana do indeed go on to become addicted to drugs that can destroy their lives. Marijuana is addictive, and the user builds up a tolerance to it, so that he requires more and more to get less and less of the desired effect. As with alcohol during Prohibition, it is getting harder and harder for the government to control marijuana, and consequently the laws against it are being eased. Whether this is a good or bad thing remains for the future to tell. (My personal opinion, based on many years of experience and observation, is that it is better to leave all addictive substances, including tobacco, alone. They are all destructive. An intelligent person shouldn't have to wait for the law to tell him or her what to do and what not to do.)

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