Prescription drugs has known Side effects and toxicity levels, but they are primarily used to the benefit of health for individuals and marijuana is not so to compare them does not make sense.
With respect that sentence didn't make much sense. Prescription drugs have no medical benefit's they relieve symptoms, pain relief is not a health benefit, nor is sedation and if you are arguing that sedation is a health benefit then use of Cannabis is good for your "health" by definition and which also has "known side effects and toxicity levels".
Extensive European research has shown marijuana use to increase likelyhood of road traffic fatalities and have documented cases of marijuana related deaths of same.
I also agree that high people should not drive, but people still crash cars sober, you see the problem is the car, so ban cars and while we are on the subject I wonder how many studies have been conducted to discover how many accidents are caused by people under the influence of pharmaceutical drugs ?
An analysis of 168,900 autopsies conducted in Florida in 2007 found that three times as many people were killed by legal drugs as by cocaine, heroin and all methamphetamines put together. According to state law enforcement officials, this is a sign of a burgeoning prescription drug abuse problem.
Why should you get to ban something which I freely choose to do under the guise of "public health and safety," why not legislate against monopolies and private enterprise lobbying government in order to create rules which benefit that corporation and the ministers it does deals with.
Legislate, legislate, legislate....you can't legislate life, life is what life does and other people do not get to tell me what I can or what I cannot put into my
body or legislate the way I choose to live my life when there is no party injured by my actions.
Carl Jung said of life "Life is a disease with a very poor prognosis. It lingers on for years and invariably ends in death."
Anything can kill you, eating too many burgers, drinking too much water, eating cotton, driving, drowning caused
by swimming it's madness and if you want to push the envelope there's no telling how ridiculous it could potentially get and in a so called "free society" accepting the legislation of actions in lieu of an injured party is a threat to and an affront to that so called "free society" and the rule of law itself.
The people smoking weed are too busy living their lives to attempt to control yours and so question becomes why are some people so obsessed by the idea of controlling the actions of others by force whilst proponing the virtues of a "Civil/free society" which is voluntary by definition, how can this irony be lost among such intellectuals ?
Life is a nonlinear event, as Alan Watts said and everything is all going on at once. Our form of logic is a linear one and has had it's uses but modern science is shifting the goal posts and the more we attempt to control this non linear event with regimented linear fictions of the mind the less we'll understand it and you can't successfully legislate against experience, it's ridiculous.
You are not Borg as Darwin taught you, your heart does not operate independently from the rest of you a man with no heart will die, a heart with no man serves no purpose, a heart does not equal a man, a heart, a brain, arms and legs are not separate entities like parts in a car, it is all one.
If you are asking how Darwin is relevant I'll tell you ?!
Darwinian theory (and that is all it is) tries to convince you that you are somehow (again Alan Watts example) separate from the rest of existence almost as if the world or life was something that was happening to
you rather than with you and we have built an entire culture with Darwinian theory operating as a fundamental doctrine and it's fractured our species and separated us from our better nature by pitting us against each other as "competitors," this ethos is everyhere.
Can Cannabis kill you ? it's neither here nor there because at some point life will kill you. This age of preoccupation with the victimless actions of others in a supposedly "free society" is coming to an abrupt end and why because much like Man City it's model is "unsustainable," finite planet, consumer culture.
One obsessed with legislating choice, expression and movement and uses internet forums like "thought police" stations.
Where ever there are an informed or controversial debates recurring on particular websites you'll be sure to find a Smith, some agent working for some corporate body or government agency banging out the party line "You are free, to do as we tell you" (Bill Hicks) !
My life, my body, my choice.