Legal, 18, taxed. All that jazz.
I would even go a step further and make it 30+ considering the Average American below that age is about as mature/intelligent as a 13yo schoolgirl.
Besides I think everyone needs to spend a few years putting in an honest effort at bettering themselves before throwing their arms up and smoking marijuana which is the real world equivalent to the fukitall pill or the adult version of Ritalin.
It's no different than alcohol or cigarettes. Legalize it and tax it or whatever. The big thing is driving though. I'd assume you'd be allowed a very small amount while driving as it can hinder you behind the wheel.
The rest of us would never accept a mass produced pot as it would be an inferior product, though I guess after 20-30 years people would forget about the good stuff and just buy the mass produced shit because they dunno any better.
Lets see... if i recall correctly, americans have to be.. 20 or 21 to legally own/watch pornography?
2-3 years after you can legally fight in a war and vote for the future of your country.
Would that be a more appropiate correlation?
If I was supreme dictator: I would make marijuana legal at 21 (smoking it would be still illegal because of the smell for other people and health impacts on the user), voting age raised to 21 (high school graduates are not adults imo, at least at 21 people have had time to work and see the real world or go to some college), cigarettes made iillegal, but not tobacco (tobacco raised to 21 to avoid high school student having access), and last but not least beer/wine lowered to 14 (with adult consent/supervision) or 18 to buy and hard alcohol kept at 21. The point of the drugs being 21 is to hopefully keep it out of schooling where children are often most vulnerable to peer pressure.
Good enough reasons to keep it illegal. And yes, "you know why" is actually a good argument imo. It is illegal for a reason, it's drugs.
Also, I'm too lazy to back up my argument. Just search the web and you'll find the studies that back me up.
I'd make it 18+ with exceptions for medical reasons.
There would have to be a way for on the spot detection that police could carry. Like breath tests the police use for alcohol. So that people could not drive while on it.
Limitations on making in an addictive product or altering it pre-sale. I could just imagine some cigarette company grabbing it and adding something to it for 'flavor' that actually makes people physically addicted. The it becomes just like cigarettes.
Cannot be smoked in closed off public areas to avoid second-hand smoke, much like the anti-smoking laws my province already has. Must be smoked X yrds away from any entrance.
Tax it, not nearly as much as cigarettes though.
All I can think of right now.
The generalist looks outward; he looks for living principles, knowing full well that such principles change, that they develop. It is to the characteristics of change itself that the mentat-generalist must look. There can be no permanent catalogue of such change, no handbook or manual. You must look at it with as few preconceptions as possible, asking yourself, "Now what is this thing doing?" -Children of Dune
Saying its illegal because its drugs is not only silly, its also wrong.
A drug is a substance which may have medicinal, intoxicating, performance enhancing or other effects when taken or put into a human body or the body of another animal and is not considered a food or exclusively a food.
Outlaw all drugs shall we? Caffeine will be the first to be outlawed.
Drink coffee? You are in for a thrill.
Likewise, marijuana affects your brain.
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And I don't drink coffee and I would be fine with the outlaw of caffeine. It's worthless if you ask me.
I support the legalization of Marijuana at the age of 18, just like other things like getting tobacco and alcohol, getting a driver's license, etc.
For medical purposes, I would allow it at any age, if proven it was the best medicine, and only in the appropriate doses for the treatment, just like we do in the treatment of heroin and cocaine addictions, and other "heavy" drugs.
And many have died from overdosing on cocaine. Its insane that you even try to deny it.
Im not sure i should continue, obvious troll and all that.