We take a fair look at some of the best counter arguments for legalization and see how they hold up in review.
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The idea of this video is to specifically reach people who are against decriminalization and to take them seriously. There is an abundance of pro arguments and content on the internet – and while they are correct, they tend to marginalize the negative effects of smocking weed. So we wanted to show that even if you think that nobody should ever smoke, you still can support a public policy approach that protects more people, than by keeping cannabis illegal. Sometimes it is annoying to hear things that don't match what we already think. Researching our videos in depth often does the same thing to us. In this case we decided that was more important to reach people, who would not have watched another video that is obviously pro liberalization.
*Some of the sources used in the video:*
*Argument 1: Marijuana Causes Psychosis*
Studies point to a correlation between THC and psychosis
Ian Hamilton, Addiction, 2017
THC levels have increased in the last few decades while CBD levels have decreased
ElSohly MA et al, Biological Psychiatry, 2016
Possible benefits of CBD for psychosis treatment
Study: Correlation between frequency of marijuana consumption and risk of psychosis
Bourque et al, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2017
Article by the University of York: Risk of psychosis from marijuana use small compared to the number of total users
Study: rising rates of marijuana use cause no increase in psychosis patients
Frisher M et al, Schizophrenia Research, 2009
Increased risk of psychosis in marijuana smokers who are already at clinical high-risk for psychosis
Vadhan, Nepal P. et al, Psychiatry Research, 2017
Increased tendency for consumption of hard liquor during the US prohibition era
*Argument 2: Marijuana as a gateway drug*
Study: association between marijuana use and use of other illicit drugs
Secades-Villa et al, The international journal on drug policy, 2015
Teenagers who smoke are 80 times more likely to use illegal drugs
Lai S et al, Journal of Addictive Diseases, 2000
Increased risk of excessive alcohol and drug use for smoking teenagers
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 2007
Study: risk factors of incident onset of use, abuse and dependence of marijuana
Kirsten von Sydow et al, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2002
Decriminalization of possession and consumption of all illicit substances in Portugal
Decrease in continuity rates of use
*Argument 3: Marijuana is addictive and damages organs*
Statistics: doubling of marijuana treatment admissions in Europe, 2003-2014
Statistics: Increased number of people who seek treatment for marijuana related problems
Statistics: marijuana addiction
Study: Correlation between THC levels and first-time admissions to drug treatment in the Netherlands
Freeman et al, Psychological Medicine, 2018
Study: health problems related to marijuana consumption
Pacher et al, Nature Reviews Cardiology, 2017
Barbara A Yankey et al, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 2017
Study: no health risks related to marijuana use
Meier MH et al, JAMA Psychiatry, 2016
Study: Effects of marijuana on the adolescent brain
Batalla A et al, PLoS ONE, 2013
Studies: lowered IQ in teenagers using marijuana
Newer studies: influence of general drug use on brain development and IQ
Meier MH et al, Addiction, 2018
Risk of dependence on alcohol and tobacco
Lachenmeier DW et al, Scientific Reports, 2015
Study: the effects of tobacco use on health
Study: the effects of alcohol consumption on health
All these points shown on the video can be applied to alcohol or even beer too. Here in Finland there was a huge debate whether or not increase the allowed alcohol content in alcohol drinks in grocery stores from 4,9% to 5,5%. Biggest opposers even painted doom's day scenarios where whole Finland will collapse, hospitals will get filled to the brim with rehabilitation patients and whole Finland's working class will collapse bringing the whole economy to collapse too if such huge and radical change will be allowed.
Well. The change came and nothing happened. Absolutelly nothing happened. Only one notable thing happened. Purchase of long drinks from grocery stores increased (because they finally were allowed there) and visits and purchases done at liquor stores collapsed radically. So there were only positive effects from this change.
And very likely same will happen with marijuana if it gets legalized all over the world. Harmful factors will shrink and benefits will increase.
we want weed to be legal, here's why
worded fancy, and sounding polite and fair, and like its trying to be helpful, but really the people behind this video just like doing drugs, and don't want them to be illegal.
cool. you know what would be better? find something better to do with your time than sit around and whiff leaf smoke you fucking caveman barbarian.
my state is voting on the marijuana issue soon, and I recently turned voting age but there was a mistake on my registration so it is unknown whether or not I will be Abel to vote for or against it.
I am for legalization so it can be monitored and researched.
also so I don't have to sit in class
and listen to a drug deal going down in the middle of a teachers lecture
thank you for the informative video from a more neutral perspective.
Not a hater, but the reason for this being legal again was because Donald Trump was putting marijuana in the health department for medicines. You might be thinking that this is ludacris and everything, but the truth is that marijuana could help cancer and many other diseases. Obviously Donald Trump isn’t going to give it out to public due to the effects that marijuana had on people before, and also people in Arabia (I think) are making a marijuana medicine bunker where they try to turn marijuana into medicine.
Is there actually any medical documentation of someone smoking a joint, and then turning psychotic? I imagine its almost unheard of.
CBD levels aren't being reduced, are you crazy?! The market for CBD oil is exploding with saturation.
Everything is a "gateway drug" to someone who has an addictive personality. I dont know anyone who smoked a joint, and then decided they wanted to try fentanyl next. Cannabis is actually being used to fight gateway drug addiction stemming from legal opioids.
"Marijuana Addiction Treatment" stems from a court order after the person has been caught with a small amount. You either seek "treatment" or you go to jail. Which option would a logical person make?
These aren't arguments, these people are towing the line of Government brainwashing. They're regurgitating what they've been told since grade school.
Kurgesagt: Marijuana is a drug.
Me: So is Tylenol. Your point?
Kurgesagt: We gotta sound official or we could get the boot by the censors.
Me: So make weed legal. Yes?
Kurgesagt: Looks like it would be a good idea in the long run.
Me: So yes.
Man, I thought weed was the best in the world and made me better at everything... But after 18 years of daily use I see a few down falls. Basically, it became a requirement and something that keeps me separate from things and people that can't be weed related. I am in the process of stopping, because I want to learn how to be a regular happy person without anything helping me be that way. So many intelligent activities have been turned down because the activity or people involved in the activity aren't weed friendly, so I'd shy away. Always worried about how I smell or who knows I'm high. So, there's personal, professional and health reasons why I'm stopping. I am still blazing daily, but very small amounts. Once I run out, I won't buy it again. It's going to be hard declining it from friends and colleagues, hard to socialize with people without it being the focus of our hangout time, but I want to be normal and functional. I'm tired of everything revolving around bud.
You think the main topic about marijuana is the act of smoking weed?? You stupid criminals. And the production of fiber? Ecological and clean? And the essential medical use? Wish you needed it and didn’t have access to it, assholes. Prohibition only gets two things stronger, the power of organized crime and your stupidity. Shame on you, shame. MFs
People will always do it. All drugs should be legalized because then they can be done in a safe controlled environment. Its quite literally impossible for the government to have control over a substance that they relinquished all control of. Its up to user discretion.
Also its not addictive but you can create a dependancy. There is no physical withdrawal from marijuana.
Also it literally isnt a gateway drug. If it is so is caffeine I guess right? The only reason why is can be considered that because its labeled as taboo and that its "sooo harmful" when it isn't. So it leads people to believe the same about other drugs. Also when you have to smoke weed in a shitty environment around shitty people because the only people who do it are ones that aren't too worried about breaking laws yeah. No shit you're going to be exposed to other drugs.
The psychosis argument is correct however not everyone can handle alcohol can they? No. And then they just shouldnt use it. None of these reasons are valid reasons to keep it illegal if you weigh out the positives with the negatives. Using straw man biased arguments arent going to get you anywhere. Try again.
Almost all videos like these are taking the smoking version into considderation. Those cigarettes are often combined with tobacco and might alter the results. I would really like to see a study done on marijuana done as complete edible or pill-form.
Here in Uruguay the government legalized personal plantation since years, and began the open sale of marijuana to the public in pharmacies about a year ago; with some limitations of course.
People stay the same, there are no known reported cases of paranoia caused by marijuana use, there was no reduction in productivity in general, etc.
The difference is that now we're able to smoke quality weed, instead of the paraguayan brickweed, and of course, we can smoke it calmly in the street.
I hope the governments of other countries also realize it... people should not have to smoke in secret.
Your argument is sound and well researched but if your final point in each instance is pro legalization then you have failed in making the title. If this was an English persuasive essay with non bias as the base it would succeed on the non biased but fail in the fact that you should not include any points for the side you are presenting against in your conclusion. This makes you seem biased and makes the point your trying to make unclear and moot due to your own incompetence.
as I posted- it is for immunity... CBD acts on CB2 receptor in the immune system... it is an antagonist that stalls biological function and makes it work better... THC is agonist @ cb1 and activates biological function as an agonist compound... all activity is localized in the endocannabinoid system... the high from THC is the result of extra calcium ions for your cells to metabolize... cb1 is responsible for modulating influx of calcium ions
I had some edibles made with haschis. I ate a lot of it. First few minutes when the high started to set in were pure joy, I was laughing uncontrollably, but then I tripped badly. I got really paranoid and it felt like me and my boyfriend were feeling the exact same thing as each other. We both freaked out over it. It was like the entire universe was speaking to me, and time were going so slowly that two minutes felt like hours. I was thinking and obsessing over every single thought that I had, I felt everything at the same time. It was like reality had some kind of crack and a veil was lifted off reality. Also it later felt like I was going to die, something was out to kill me and my entire body was moving so slowly. I even called for an ambulance. It has gone 24 hours since this extreme hell, and I don't feel it so strongly anymore but everything has not gone away yet.
I'm Dutch and have been smoking weed since I was 25 I believe, so about 5~6 years now. And I agree that it can definitely be addicting at least. I got to a point where I smoked like 7~8 a day, basically being stoned the entire day. Luckily I got out of that through some other events that made me almost completely stop smoking for about two months. I still smoke weed, but only one in the evening. Mostly because I like the feeling, but also because I have a mild form of ADD and it calms my mind, and helps me sleep a LOT better than without. (trying to sleep without means I have to wait until I'm dead tired before I can sleep. After smoking, I can generally get to sleep at a normal time and within half an hour.)
As for it being a gateway drug...I highly doubt it, but that's only talking from personal experience of course. Most smokers I know never tried anything else. And the few that did are the types you'd expect it from already anyway. Like a friend who came out of a terrible upbringing (not abusive, just terrible), and does speed at times and has tried cocaine I believe. Or an ex who comes from a very lower class family with barely any stability, together with sexual abuse and other crap in her past. And she's tried speed and ecstasy. (which definitely made me...apprehensive about dating her for a while...) So I think it's only a gateway drug for people that would already have tendencies to go into heavier stuff.
It's simple, fucked people always find ways to harm themselves legally... from cigarretes to drugs. Goverments around the world only care about creating new taxes, you pay they let you fuck your life; rich people have no problem at all with that, but what would happen with poor people? They will be cheated with bad quality drugs (even other drugs), so we can't compare the results of legalization, every single drug or substance should be studied apart. And for the sick people trying to relief the pain, maybe they need specific medicine, not marijuana itself; also it is suspicious they call marijuana as a miracle ignoring the side effects.
See this video talks about smoking it or using it with some type of heat which diminishes most important properties that cannabis has. There is no reason why cannabis should be illegal. I can argue that I juice my cannabis and get all the benefits without the high but unable to obtain this herb since its illegal. I can use cannabis for nutrition. Obviously juicing fresh cannabis (leafs and buds) is the way to go just as you would juice other fresh vegetables. Organic cannabis juice is the way to go.
Look up Dr. William Courtney.
psychosis? Are u kidding me???? Also i buy pot sometimes at dispensary's its nice to be able to do that like beer but I also used to shoot up methamphetamine, so I am glad i just smoke pot now and drink sometimes
question isnt it best to keep a less harmful drug illegal as kids will always want to do bad stuff so they might as well use a drug that is less harmful. if weed is legal and kids still want to do illegal stuff wont they just go to harder drugs that are still illegal?
It's only unhealthy for people who are still growing. And alcohol has something similar to THC. I can't remember the name but it's what makes you a dumb fuck when drunk. That damages young people's brain.
Marijuana equals Brave New World's soma. Once it's legal, they'll eventually manage to make it healthy by getting rid of the combustion process. It'll be much more powerful, and easier to get (wouldnt be suprised by it being provided by government some day). The meaninglessness of your lives will never have been more acceptable. Once you're vegetalised enough you should be able to reach absolute happiness while being a servant of a global socialist'ish tyranny that'll make you their slave for ever. You'll breathe, eat, sleep, shit for their profit. And that'll feel satisfying.
Now everytime I open my window for some fresh air it feels like I'm giving a rimjob to a skunk. Thanks. People smoking in their backyard and it blows over.... w/e. It's fucking everywhere now. It pisses me off just as much as people walking around smoking cigarettes. The health reasons w/e I don't care. You can do w/e you want with yourself as long as it doesn't directly affect me. But what you're doing *is* directly affecting me and you don't give a fuck because you're that self-centered.
So I live in California where they recently legalized it here. I just wish that they didn't make it so strong. In the dispensaries here it's tough to find anything lower than 12% THC. When I used to smoke in high school it would take a ton of weed to get you high but now you take one hit and you feel like you've lost your mind.
Additionally my only problem with legalization is people smoking in public. I know it's illegal to spark on in public but that doesn't stop anyone. I don't want to be walking around the city and have to smell it all over the place. Same deal with concerts, I just find it rude (just my opinion folks) to light up with people around that don't want to partake in that.
Do you not know how to make a cocktail? Just because you have hard liquor doesn’t mean you just put it in rocks and chug ... last I checked ( I’m a bar tender if you wanted my scientific back ground) a beer a glass of wine and a regular margarita are all the same drink according to your Alcohol intake. A beer ( I only drink craft because I’m cultured ) is the same a 18 year scotch on a rock. It’s a smaller drink... oh shit wax hits are smaller than a blunt?!? How does math work again? Idk
Anyways, that was my thoughts while you told us to imagine a world that was beer free and full of only HARD ( maybe it was just your accennt but you sure as fuck stressed that HARD ) liquor.
Anyways thanks for at least supporting the “regulation” of my happiness... if ever I do happen to come across a child with hundreds of dollars I will tell them I’m sorry I can’t be your safe access you will have to take it somewhere else and whatever happens to you is not on me because yea, can’t lose my license or whatever you make us get. Not that I’ve ever seen a child come and buy weed or even know any kids or of kids with hundreds of dollars in the bank... kids are poor, we really only want to tak with the parents, we got enough of them as it is and well, they aren’t dying lol so we got um until they are dead or arrested one of the two and one of them we still get just later on, lol jail is like an investment holder for pot sellers. They gunna get out. They gunna want a joint. Boom constant refreshing of people’s.
I’m going to stop now
THC - it sends in Ceramide to kill energy to the mitochondria of the cell effectively killing the cell.. the CBD via an L gene stops proteins from feeding the cell starving cancerous cells killing them all while leaving healthy vicinity cells alone.
From what i've seen it's only the degenerates of our society that push for legalization. (I have nothing against medical use).
"cures/prevent depression/anxiety/physical pain etc" is what i hear.
To those people i say fix your life and general outlook on society before you rally for legalization.
In my opinion tobacco and alcohol is more than enough.
tobacco and alcohol do not contain cannabinoids... cannabis does. you need to look deeper... retirees are pushing the legalization of cannabis... cannabis aids elderly people the most as it is a botanical plant supplement feeding cellular metabolism ( activating your lipid fat)
Those aren't strong objectivs. They are "case by case", not for every person. If you legalize marijuana and don't legalize any other drug you will separate those things, couse marijuana isn't drug. If marijuana is drug, alcohol, cigarets and coffie are too. Becouse you have people who need to drink coffee every morning before any task or anything to feel better, you have people who need to smoke discusting cigarets after sex after meal after any stress thing so dont tell me that weed is more addictive than any of those things. I'm not fan of any of those exept marijuana and no one can explain me or give me strong objectiv why those things are less deadly than weed. And one more time MARIJUANA ISN'T DRUG.
I'm pro legalization, just because I hate the government stepping into everyone's business, but my reason I think it is bad is just the laziness and lack of drive in heavy smokers. Everyone knows the guy who started smoking and quit going to class and achieving shortly after. It is hard to study that reaction, but it is hard to argue that a lack of motivation isn't related to habitual use.
thats false claim about a gateway drug is just stupid... nearly every pothead began with cigs so cigaretrs is the gateway drug or even booz.. and u know that in some countries its more easy to get other drugs? and u know that in portugal all drugs are legal but the consumers of drugs are less then before????
Nice video as always! Good job covering the pretext arguments.
Now for the underlying cause, the untold, argument no.4: keeping marijuana illegal is an easy way to criminalize minorities and keep poor communities "under control" with police harassments. The rich/white kids are not nearly as often arrested as the poor/black/arab for soft drug use. How convenient.
I don't know about that fact in other countries, but at least I feel like this is true in France.
In most cases cannabis is only really a gateway drug because drug dealers actively encourage buyers to try harder and more expensive drugs and in some cases, even put pressure on them to do so. On its own, it has the more or less the same probability of being a gateway drug as alcohol and tobacco, with Ecstasy and cocaine having a huge presence in the nightclub scene and smokers often switching to cannabis or hash.
Point #2, the reason a marjuanna smoker tries other drugs is nine times out of ten due to the fact they go to the underground to buy it. You are not buying from someone trying to help you, you are a fish dangerously close to the hook. It's about cash over fist in that world. Not about doing your job. that's why souls are destroyed.
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