Excuse me but I see no reason for marijuana being illegal. Maybe I spent a little too much time in Austin but the fact that people are imprisoned for cannabis is patently ridiculous. I understand that everyone doesn’t partake in smoking weed but everyone doesn’t drink beer either. The most common refrain you here from people when the topic of legalization is broached is that it would be harmful to “the children” but it is easier to acquire than beer for teens. Another rebuttal is the hypothetical argument, “would you want your doctor to smoke a joint and then come work on you?”, but would you want you doctor to take a shot of vodka and come operate on you? Let me share a commonality I’ve happened upon, when someone is resorting solely to hypothetical situations to articulate and defend their position they are usually wrong. Besides I wouldn’t want marijuana regulated as if it was something that could be used during a break anyway the ganja is clearly an intoxicant and should be treated like alcohol if legal. Someone will come forward and ask, “how will the cops know if you’ve smoked and driving? The answer is the same way they know now. Police are trained to be able to test for all intoxicants not just the legal ones. So those take care of the negatives and now here are the positives legalizing marijuana would, at the least, allow the federal, state, and local governments of our great nation to save a significant amount of money, $14,100,000,000 in 2009 alone was spent on trying to prevent people from using. Not only would we save a significant amount of money but we’d keep a lot of people out of prison who otherwise probably wouldn’t be there. That’s the main reason legalizing marijuana is a good idea because of the human cost inflicted by the enforcement of a failed and flawed policy. I don’t see how it is morally preferable to institutionalize people for an activity that harms no one but themselves, studies show marijuana is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol. There are thousands of people who’s lives have been irreparably damaged by getting caught using something that our last three Presidents have admitted to using. When you have these facts buttressed by the studies that show that minorities are prosecuted for marijuana possession disproportionately to their use, it becomes exceedingly clear that the morally just thing to do is legalize marijuana.