A number of U.S. states are planning to legalize marijuana. Do you agree or disagree with this policy, and why?
I am in favor of legalizing marijuana, although I have no interest in it myself. It is a relatively harmless drug -- true, it has 80% more carcinogens than cigarette smoke, but on the other hard, I've never met an angry stoner. Plenty of angry drunks, and drinking is legal.
People are getting criminal records and having their lives destroyed for something that is so widespread, it might as well be legal. I don't want to see the harder stuff made legal. As I said, marijuana is far more harmless. Legalizing marijuana will protect people since they won't have to worry about losing the liberty (among other things) and it can be a potential new revenue stream for states without having to raise taxes. It will also help the police since they won't be throwing money and manpower at something they cannot control and enable them to focus on more legitimate problems.