Through my experience i've found that many people who are against Marijuana view Marijuana users as "Drug Addicts". However, i've also found that most of these people are users of alcohol or tobacco, both of which are drugs which people grow an addiction to. THC (Which is not physically addictive, but is considered "psychologically" addicting) in MY opinion is not either physically or psycologically addicting. Addiction, according to some health experts would be anything that we form a dependency on or something that controls you life. Now according to the dictionary: â€“noun the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. Now, Evidence shows Alcohol and Tobacco are prime examples of both definitions but Marijuana fits neither! Never has THC caused someone to become so "enslaved" to the practice of consuming THC where they have suffered "Severe Trauma" or even minor trauma or at least there is no evidence of THC being linked to any deaths or trauma. And yet plenty of studies have been done proving that both Alcohol and Tobacco HAVE caused severe trauma due to Addiction for example alcoholism(and it's interference with family and friends), Liver problems, Lung cancer(tobacco). Not to mention the mass amounts of deaths per year from driving under the influence of Alcohol. So why is Marijuana illegal when the supertoxin Nicotine and Alcohol are legal? There are no studies saying that THC has any negative effects on the human brain and it has equal to less effects on the lungs. Well first off, it is only illegal to possess and trade Marijuana, however to consume it is not illegal because of civil rights or rights that we have as human beings in the united states. Anything that does not infringe on other peoples rights is not a crime. But then again if Marijuana was legal, possession and trade of Cannabis would be infringing on other's rights less then when it's illegal because of all the violence caused over illegal trade similiar to Prohibition of Alcohol and the Mob. Now instead of speakeasies and canadian smuggling we have big cartels based out of countries like Afghanistan and run by Terrorist groups. All of the profit these cartels make from bringing Marijuana (as well as other drugs) into the country goes towards thier war on the U.S. when it could be profiting to the U.S' war on terrorism. Another way legalization of Marijuana would help the U.S. would be the stimulation on the economy through taxes and the many jobs the Marijuana industry would create. The government would spnd less money on locking up marijuana users and dealers and in return profit the U.S! But what we dont think about is the GOVERNMENT doesnt fund the war on drugs, We as citizens fund the war on drugs through TAXES! From another perspective the Medical and Oil industry runs our country which links back to why its only illegal to possess and trade marijuana. Marijuana can be used in both industries but cannot be controlled therefore losing both industries money and that loses the government money. When i say it cant be controlled i mean we can easily grow and obtain marijuana through a third party (unliscensed dealers) for cheaper then the liscensed would be able to offer it to us due to taxes. So the government officials would make LESS money even though the U.S. as a nation would be prospuring. So in my opinion GREED is the reason Marijuana is illegal. I could honestly go on all day about this theory but then this thread would be a novel, and im tired so im gonna go chill out and get some sleep. Feel free to contribute to the theory and include some points i left out, only together can we get anywhere in a legalization initiative. It's not much different then eliminating segregation, its just people can conceal the fact that they smoke easier then thier skin color. Unless everyone who smokes marijuana can be proud and take an initiative instead of worrying about how it makes them look to society, Marijuana will never be decriminalized or legalized on a Federal level only a state level for medicinal purposes.