Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bad Arguments And Drugs

I enjoy reading Cracked.com, especially with its various lists of whatever.  One came out today was "5 Pro-Marijuana Arguments That Aren't Helping" (Mildly NSFW - lots of profanity).  The premise is pretty much built upon the notion that overzealous people tend to make irrational arguments and end up sounding either like a door-to-door missionary or a crooked salesman.

Now, I am not much in favor of decriminalizing and definitely not in favor of legalizing marijuana, but at least to the former, I am willing to entertain arguments in its favor. However, the author of the piece is dealing with the latter and he rightly points out some of the massive holes in the logic.  While sympathetic to the notion of legalization (at least in a non-interventionist way), he nevertheless reminds advocates that they do more harm than good by co-opting legitimate things such things as cancer patients, balanced budgets and health in the pursuit of their own selfish desire to get high as often as they can.

Worth the read, and it's good for a few laughs.

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