People are going to drive while stoned whether pot is illegal or not. I don't see the point in making that your bone of contention.
Unless you think the number of people smoking weed will remain constant whether it's legal or not, this is a perfectly valid point of contention.
I just think it's stupid that it's illegal. It's actually less harmful for you than cigarettes are
This might potentially be a great reason to make cigarettes illegal. It's a terrible reason (by itself) to make pot legal. Edited, May 28th 2012 12:19pm by Jophiel
I think that more people would probably smoke if it's legalized yeah. But the people that would wait to smoke it until its legal are going to be more likely to be responsible, and not drive while intoxicated in the first place. I don't think the ratio of people who drive while stoned vs. people who don't drive while stoned, would change all that much if pot was legal.
Comparing pot to cigarettes isn't the only reason I have for wanting pot to be legal, it's just the first one that usually pops in my head. There are plenty of drugs that are way worse for you than pot that are legal, and I don't like hypocrisy.
The amount of money we spend on the so called "drug war" is the most valid reason I can think of. Between the DEA, and people we put in prison for years for either possession or selling, we waste so much money. Plus Aeth makes a good point about how much money we could make by taxing it too. My only concern is that pot would then get taken over by corporations and get as much crap put in it as cigarettes.