Friday night topic: Marijuana


— 4:26 PM on July 26, 2002

There's been a lot of talk recently, especially in Canada, about decriminalizing or even legalizing marijuana. Supporters of such a move cite the plant's medicinal properties, and argue that it's less harmful than alcohol and tobacco to society as a whole. The opposition, however, cites pot's negative mental and physical side effects, and marijuana's role as a gateway to harder drugs like cocaine and heroin.

Is it time for governments to loosen their restrictions on marijuana? If so, is decriminalization enough, or is it worthwhile to legalize and tax the heck out of it?

Discuss.

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