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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. Thanks to our partnership with funk, this video has already been available on our German channel for two weeks! Check it out and subscribe to practice your German skills! And if you want to support the creation of videos that take months to research and prepare, and get a bunch of cool stuff in return, you can do that on patreon.com/kurzgesagt

100 thoughts on “3 Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay Illegal Reviewed

  1. The only good thing about marijuana is there is a single flavonoid in there that can be used to help people, everything else is useless or bad.

  2. As far as Marijuana leading to other drugs. When you have to buy marijuana illegally you may have to go to sketchy places to buy it and sometimes you might run into other people who happen to use other drugs, that and curiosity is what causes people to try other drugs. The availability of it and curiosity. I've never smoked a joint and then been like, this isn't working anymore, I need to shoot heroin. When it is illegal you can have sketchy dealers who peddle other stuff , so you might meet them one time and they may say , hey I've got these *whatever* if you want them or know anybody that does. Nobody has ever been like "hey man try this ,c'mon, what are you ,chicken ? OK the real world doesn't work like that. If it has happened , it's because the person was a tool.

  3. This is why i don't like hydro. I'd rather feel mellow and chill, not tripped out and unable to do anything.

  4. I strongly agree with his point on the 1st one. Very strong weed will most likely cause dp/dr on people with very high anxiety.

  5. Cannabis isnt strong at all 😂😂😂😂 you just weak minded and not ready to get high if you go into psychosis

  6. Vaping is more of a gateway drug than marijuana and if youre supposed to do drugs not let them do you dont blame everyone for other peoples idiotic use of drugs cus quite a few illegal drugs are very beneficial if you use them the right way

  7. Point 2nd Yyyy i think an alkohol is the bigest Gateway to drugs lets make alkohol illegal ,pls man dont talk shit

  8. “taking any drugs while the brain is developing is bad for you”

    well, the adderall and concerta i took for years seemed fine, minus eating disorders, depression, anxiety, anger issues, and multiple other side effects that onset during that period

  9. Marijuana makes people annoying and makes them think they are not. It also makes adolescents pot-runts. Keeping it illegal is how you get people who don't have two brain cells to run together to stop using marijuana. More functional people people count 14 days until they can function like they usually do. Less functional people can't tell and are dangerous. Keep it illegal.

  10. Sorry it has been proven that weed has been cultivated at high levels of THC long before modern methods. I can speak from experience that Ive had strains in the 90s that is more potent than some dispensary strains, in fact i had a connect for years that was far better than most dispensary strains I get today and in most cases was a cleaner experience. A relative grew it from the 70s all through the early 2000's and was absolutely fantastic. The idea that it was generally weaker is nothing but a myth.

  11. Here’s a counter point. If it stays illegal people would just still get it illegally and take a risk of getting laced shit.

  12. You're an ass. Because nobody needs to know why it should be legal. We all know why it should be legal. But if you're looking to hear, as I am, from people who think it should be illegal, then your dumb video just wasting everyone's time. At least title it what it's supposed to be titled. "Rebuttals to the primary reasons marijuana is illegal."

  13. Marijuana is a gateway drug and it should stay illegal. All of you lowlife snowflakes crying about it need a life.

  14. I think the fact that the schools teach that marijuana is extremely dangerous, and on top of that it's illegal, is the reason why a lot of people think it's safe to do all drugs. They try marijuana as their first illegal drug, and it's safe and fun… So they think the schools and others were just simply lying about the dangers of a lot of illegal drugs. Alcohol is so much more dangerous than marijuana, and I can't begin to comprehend why they insist on keeping marijuana illegal.

    Some of the "harder" drugs ARE actually much safer than is taught in schools, but they're immeasurably more dangerous than marijuana. I think there should be a bigger focus on harm reduction and teaching kids about drugs around the age that most people try them, and being honest about them. I do believe abstinence should be encouraged, but they should be taught what actually happens when they do inevitably try some drugs. I've found that in the world of addicts, as I'm in recovery, that pretty much no one understands what they're actually doing. I spent a lot of time educating myself about substances and the way they actually work, the side effects, half lives, dose range, etc. It honestly blows my mind how many people buy heroin in ghettos that are ridden with drugs laced with unknown amounts of fentanyl and it's analogues.

    I know this video isn't taking a stance on marijuana laws, I just wanted to share. I didn't know I was going to write a novel, lmao.

  15. The legalization of marijuana in the US is only the beginning. We campaigned, protested, petitioned for years son, years.. The next step is legalizing psychedelics. But, I cannot emphasize enough, that if you can't handle cannabis, then you have no business with DMT.

  16. BS , alcohol now that’s a gateway drug , I asked a coke head at edc , what made you want to try this stuff in the first place? It doesn’t seem attractive to me at all . “ well I was really drunk one night and said fuck it let’s do a line .

  17. I was in a shit place, depressed, without friends, broke, was lying in the bed and watching YouTube for days. Then I started smoking weed; it might be a coincidence, but since then my life started improving, and now I'm happy and fulfilled, but… I gotta say it's hard to go on for the full day without joint and if I abstain for more than 3 days, eating and sleeping becomes problematic. The more you smoke, the higher your tolerance, the more you need to smoke to get stoned, the bigger the side-effect are (laziness, fatigue, lack of motivation), and because it's not dangerous and popular, people don't take it seriously and start overdoing it, and when you're hooked, it's too late, either you go through pain and brake the habit, or keep growing the problem.

  18. Very good video, should be showed the drug administration in some countries. Instead of fighting the people!

  19. Medical reasons r obviously an exception but otherwise I couldn't careless if they make it legal or not,I'm still gonna buy it and I will never need permission from the government to do so…I work hard for my $ if I want to snort coke off strippers it ain't NOBODY'S business wat I do with MY money

  20. Where is the proof? Ive been smoking cigarettes and weed sinse i was 17.. Never even drank a single beer or used any other drugs in my life… At one point i didnt feel the urge to do "crack or heroine" gateway drug my ass… Curiosity and peer pressure is the gateway.. Not including the government introduced the opioids… Those who have gotten atticted to them is clearly irresponsible, and the government is to blame for introducing chemicals that are that powerful. Theres a difference between medicating and being a drug addict… ill say this once and only once alcohol is 1000xs worse than weed and its legal. There has been numerous reports of fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by this. But you never hear anything about weed causing fatal accidents or "poisoning for consuming too much or basically overdosing" everything is harmful to us, even down to the processed foods and artificial flavorings and additives and chemicals. Not including the air we brethe from factories pollution. So before anyone sits here and says weed is bad. You need to have your facts in check and ready to debate. Its just the government's way of saying "we want more money"

  21. 1. Is right be careful especially if your a schizoid
    2. Your retarded jesus christ
    3. Your also retarded alcohol and cigarettes kill more daily than marijuana has ever killed fuck face

  22. i think the people who end up doing harder drugs, were kinda bound to do it. because u gotta be fucked up a lil if your down to do some crack. especially after seeing and hearing what it does to people.

  23. I missed the part about "arguments… REVIEWED." I thought you were just playing devil's advocate that it should be illegal. I was getting ready to say all of these "arguments should stay legal" don't really prove that it should be legal- maybe that it's BAD for you, but not that staying illegal was effective. I'm glad you pointed out in these cases that you could argue that making it illegal makes the problem WORSE.

  24. Watch the video, it proves why it should be legal, which is why it proves why it should be legal and including why. What a great video.

  25. I don’t smoke pot. Mostly because it’s not legal and I can’t afford to, but it’s a good thing contextually. Just don’t drive when you’re too stoned. Your accident may be reeeeeally slow on your end but it might still be pretty problematic. When something’s illegal it gets connected to other things that are illegal, that’s the whole idea behind legalization isn’t it? Reducing the harm of much more damaging systemic problems? Also, fuck the police. J/K.

  26. I just applied for my medical MMJ card, but with it still being illegal on a Federal level I still worry… We need Federal Decriminalization with states deciding if they want it medical or recreational. 😀

  27. You dont have to smoke weed you can eat it. Psychosis is cause by ads and corporate electronics being use as a weapon to make people wear more glasses becoming blind and the brain iq to slow down. i become more connected to nature more and got into its physics science has proven that carbon can be use as medicine to repair all broken bones and so on please get more info about marijuana look like your video is meant to inform the unaware your video is spam and misleading ps im not addicted to weed i choose and not choose you dont know my life .

  28. I notice its always the english basterds that try to discriminate marijuana as a bad plant just so they can poison humanity with there nazi drugs and pharmaceutical companies to poison the population

  29. Marijuana is only an addictive problem for people who put tobacco, spin, with it (from my life experience). Is this an auction and problem to the weed or an actual tobacco addiction?
    I've noticed people who get angry without weed use tobacco and those, like me, who smoke green don't worry, it think about it, when there isn't any (or don't depend when there is).
    Sources are myself, a smoker of weed for over 20 years who hasn't used tobacco mixed for over 10, and the people I've convinced to stop mixing tobacco.
    I think the research, if any, done on marijuana is inconclusive and uses a minority spectrum creating results (rather than finding results).
    So much more to be said but I can only say I totally agree with your psychosis results having nothing to do with potency and your facts on legalisation and prohibition are spot on. Peace!

  30. Fuck your brainwashed mind set its not devil worship 666 its carbon carbon=possibilities burn any dead matter plants and your free carbon=imagination freedom intelligence money a lie life

  31. Man wtf when people drink alcohol or do meth or heroin they get aggressive after a while, and can’t drive but weed nobody dies from it, and having psychosis effects with weed is controllable people hate on weed because ignorance took over and no bro it’s not a gateway drug in fact its an exit drug this niqqa is getting his study from strict parents and weed fucking medically helping people more then the bs pills smh

  32. There is no such thing as a gateway drug. The gateway drug "theory" is just an attempt by prohibitionists to try and sciencify the the slippery slope fallacy.

  33. Ight Soo fuck off cuz I was blazed 24/7 for a a year and a half then had a 2 month tolerance break east cuz it ain't addictive. All I do is smoke weed that's it no nic or anything else. I'm also still health af and I when I smoke I can run longer then usual it's like energy. Wayy more better the cigs that are legal just remembered one give cancer well the other one help with cancer

  34. You tell us that there are negative consequences for a sizable portion of people who use marijuana. What you did not mention at all was if the negatively affected people were mixing their stuff with tobacco. Without clarification of that variable, your conclusion is flawed.

  35. No. We have always had very potent marijuana. In the Sixties and Seventies, it was called hash. – More potent marijuana is actually healthier because you smoke less of it to get the same effect. Who watches football with a six-pack of Tequila? —– The U.S. Drug Czar's commissioned 1999 study of marijuana, conducted by the prestigious Institute of Medicine concluded the "gateway" theory is just a myth that does not operate in reality. —– Marijuana is not addictive, and science and widespread experience have shown it has no significant harms. Marijuana has little in common with addictive, hard drugs. Most people in the bogus marijuana "treatment" are ordered there for being caught, NOT for any problem with marijuana. – It's clear. Every person who chooses near harmless marijuana over addictive, very harmful alcohol, improves their health tremendously – as well as the lives of their family and community.

  36. Marijuana sounds dangerous the consequences of inhaling such drugs is irreparable. That's why I only take Crystal meth and led paint mixed with gorrila glue.

    Do not try at home.

  37. The fact, when they (back in the day) tould you, weed was a gateway drug, DID NOT mean to other drugs, It meant to open the mind to see what isn't always clear to or understand… Ask the Indians

  38. Not a fan of pot at all but i am, as an anarcho capitalist, obliged to support the decriminalization of all drugs, as to not be a hypocrite.

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