The reefer madness, as we old-timers used to call it, has reached a new high (no pun intended). I find it awfully peculiar that many of the people who want to crack down on tobacco users/cigarette smokers by raising taxes, raising their insurance premiums, and even outright banning their presence in certain locations are the same hypocrites who believe marijuana should be welcomed, accepted, and legalized. I also believe that making marijuana easily available for medicinal use is just an excuse for people to use it recreationally for a quick high. Let's just assume that this substance has medical benefits. All right, then why are the majority of marijuana patients under age 30? Most people in this age bracket are perfectly healthy and don't need pain relievers. Advocates for legalizing marijuana claim alcohol is more dangerous. I don't buy this argument either because both substances create intoxication, and fatal accidents on the roads have occurred from people who have consumed alcohol or any other drug including marijuana. There are other reasons to resist legalizing substances like marijuana, including the idea that so-called soft drugs like marijuana often leads to experimentation with harder drugs. Marijuana is also very addictive, and that alone makes it no better or safer than alcohol or tobacco. With all this said against the idea of legalization I do think some decriminalization of the substance is in order. Punishing pot users on the same level as punishing murderers is insane; but I still strongly believe that full-blown legalization will hurt society by creating more pot users and more addicts, which will lead to the demand for more rehab, costing taxpayers more money. I also don't believe the argument that the black market will somehow magically disappear if marijuana is made legal. When the amendment to end Prohibition went into effect, the underground market for alcohol still existed, and still exists to this day. We as a nation are heading down the wrong path by legalizing dangerous substances like marijuana and ignoring the consequences that go along with such liberal ideas.