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

  • It should be legal in all 50 states so far, 33 for medical 11 for recreational. We are almost there for all my 420 friends

  • Drugs should be decriminalized. People selling drugs to minors should be stigmatized and punished like pedophiles as it is a comparably heinous violation of the child's informed consent, which the child cannot give.

  • I live in the netherlands where the weed is strong and still its so much better than alcohol. Way more relaxing and less addictive. I see no reason at all why it should be illegal! It doesn't destroy your liver or make your lungs black (if you make edibles or use a vaporizer) like smoking

  • 3 Gründe, warum Marihuana illegal bleiben sollte —-> Video about why we should legalize all drugs and what are the benefits about it!
    Love it!

  • I just find it funny that the United Kingdom is the biggest producer and exporter of medical marijuana yet it's still illegal both medically and recreationally here, yet alcohol which is proven to be worse is sold just as much as soft drinks

  • Ok Im listening at 1.5x with a blunt
    And yeah if u belive in God he has given us everything we changed into a technical world we develop liquors /drugs😁
    So just stick to God's wish the Herbs☘️🌿😉

  • I wonder about marijuana "addiction." Seems to me that when someone finds something enjoyable, he wants to keep doing it. People can get addicted to anything pleasant – for example, sex. It's not that sex is addictive. It's just that some people are prone to becoming addicted.

    The main reason marijuana is seen as a gateway drug is because when it's illegal, you're buying from a criminal. Having already crossed a line, it's a small step to trying something else. Aside from that, there is no oversight, so the seller may use dangerous chemicals to make his product more powerful.

    Prohibition has always been a spectator failure. We should learn from our experiences. It simply does not work, but it has blighted many lives.

  • Weed isn’t a gateway drug. You don’t grow tolerance towards weed which would mean that people would be getting the same high as they originally did. It is actually the type of people that would be willing to consume weed will be more likely to consume other drugs because of their personality. So weed isn’t a gateway drug it is in fact just the personality of the people that are willing to consume weed.

  • I dont understand, yes it does less than alcohol but even then, why do it? It has negative consequences even if they're small, if you wanna deal with problems see a therapist, you don't need drugs

  • So basically taking a common drug away that is pretty easy to get like weed, cigs, alcohol and vapes doesn't make people stop but instead strive new ways on getting them.

  • First of all it’s there fucking choice if they do coke or heroine don’t fucking blame weed, I smoke that shit everyday and I’m 15 and I would never do that shit

  • i love your content and all but don’t you think most people who smoke marijuana happen to do other drugs because they’re d r u g u s e r s that don’t care too much about what they put in their body?

  • I fail to understand how leagalisation would help with research. Surely you can fund resarch for a thing iregardless of the item's legality? They do so for chemical and biological weopns.

  • People say marijuana is a gateway drug because you have to interact with all sorts of shady dealers to buy it, so the chance to try hard drugs is increased. If you buy weed in a dispensary you don't even interact with street dealers.

  • Hits bong…cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough
    Not a gate way drug its your choice to do harder drugs

  • 40k stoners disliked I was a stoner for a year all day of everyday took a .5g dab and it was a mini mushroom trip was so in thought and a little hallucinations in my side vision and a schizophrenic break out for a day or two then got in to psychedelics was 1 and half sober and hit a dab and it was the same a mini mushroom trip and regretted it 5 days sober now going for the rest of my life going to join the Marines in June it’s all about your mind,Mind over Matter it’s actually easy kicking it your life will be 10x better sober all the time I always said I can’t believe I lived without smoking but it’s better the first week can be hard sometimes y’all got this if you’re trying to kick it,you don’t need THC,when CBD is so good for you without the high that could get you killed eventually with paranoid thoughts and recklessness behavior just be careful if you do it it can get you stuck in mind and life in general

  • U know theres a such thing as corn right….corn is like kush cept its hus weaker…gives u a steady maintained high instead of wht most kush strands do

  • Most ppl dont drink am after work bottle of vodka. My mum would have argued with you about that. Probably while she was drinking her before work bottle of vodka.

  • Drugs are man made. Prescriptions and narcotics. Marajuana is not a drug. And nobody is going loony after smoking marajuana.

  • If u really think about it the level of control we allow our governments to have over us is insane..thc helps cancer patients sleep,eat ,relax ..my mum died eating a fists full of pills..that did fuck all,and she wouldnt try thc oil because she trusted the doctors,i dont..big pharma and the banks are puckering us up to fuck ..u watch!

  • All drugs need to be decriminalized. Throwing people in jail is not getting them the help and creates violence at the border and streets.

  • I think we should take the Portugal approach and treat it (and alcohol and nicotine/tobacco use) as a health epidemic, same as opioids. None of this stuff is good for you.

  • It needs to be legal eliminate those cartels honestly all drugs should be legal ppl are gonna do what they r gonna do especially saying they cant i knew a drug dealer if he didnt like you he would put fetenol in your shit even your weed and then you die that shit will go away permantly those evil drug dealers will perish and who knows if its legal it could be safer taking out the components that kill you due to overdoses i dont do drugs just herbs and weed is no drug it was put here by god god made weed man made beer who do you trust cause alchohol kills everyday some1 died as im writing this from probally drinking and driving know your drugs and how to control them or they will take your soul be stronger then the drug ppl i quit drinking alchohol once i passed 21 i had more fun drinking underage when told i couldnt see a pattern here alchohol was more fun illegally then legal

  • Qué pelotudez más grande que una casa, primero decir que la marihuana es una droga super fuertes, no la consumió nunca y no tiene idea de las otras drogas que ni hace falta mencionar, y que es una puerta de ingreso a las otras es la mentira más grande del universo, si tenés un personalidad adictiva no es culpa de la marihuana. No crean nada de estas cosas y sigan fumando tranquilos

  • None of these suppositions really matter. Plan and simple the government has no intrinsic authority to physically lock you up in a jail cell or put you behind razor wire fences for ingesting a plant. I don't care if it's super harmful, prohibition does not work and is antithetical the values of a country that claims liberty and freedom as it's central tenets. Just because something is harmful does not mean you should be thrown in a concrete box. I'm a former i.v. opiate, cocaine, alcohol, and Valium addict. Weed is benign compared to those substances.

  • Average life span for a human is 60-66 years not that long guys take 20% of that away cause “adult life” leaves you 45 years of fun. make it last, you only get one.

  • facepalm
    Alcohol is the gateway drug. And in the process of making his whole psychosis point, he finished by saying if it were legalized there would be more variety for smokers, directly contradicting his original point that it should stay illegal. 🙄

  • The real best argument is right at the last part.

    Do we recognize its inherent dangers?

    To be honest, i see a lot of people who don't take marijuana maturely, and I don't mind the toke.

    People would laugh at the labels on the marijuana jars.

  • More idiocy.
    the assumption that stronger product means users will get more intoxicated against their own will is just incorrect Replacing beer and wine with strong liquor does not mandate more intoxication by the user
    also making hard liquor available did not remove beer and wine etc from existence anymore than making some marijuana stronger means everybody has to smoke a whole joint or something ridiculous like that.
    Stronger marijuana simply means less product used to get the effect
    but it does not mean a stronger effect on the user against the users control or will.
    If you have a person that's going to drink a large glass of beverage regardless of how much alcohol is in it or smoke x amount of marijuana regardless of how strong it is, then this person is going to be at risk no matter what you offer them.
    people with zero self-control or no thought of what they are doing are simply people with zero self-control and these people are at risk just eating candy bars or going out in public.
    ending prohibition made more beer and more wine and more slow production alcohols available not less of them available this video doesn't even have the facts correct on human behavior.
    someone that wants to get x amount of high is going to smoke as much as it takes to get x amount of high.
    making marijuana stronger just causes them to use less to get that effect but making marijuana stronger doesn't make people smoke more today.
    we're not talking about opium here, where stronger opium then becomes morphine and even stronger then becomes heroin.
    one of the factors of marijuana is that even though you do a larger amount it still stays the same drug in your system and does not equate to a higher risk of addiction just because you're doing a stronger amount of the drug.
    this particular video is missing some facts and some follow through.

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