Personally, I believe it should be legalized.... but here is a great side for both sides of the fence to research. http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/ Granted, it's talking about it from a medical standpoint and legalizing for medical use only, but it still hits the same debate points.
it shouldn't. I've seen many people's lives get screwed up because of it. they stopped caring about the important things in life - school, jobs, family/friends. it should not be legal. in a few years it'll probably be illegal again, they'll realize what a huge mistake they made
To those who say it shouldn't, do you complain about alcohol being legal? If not, you are being (sorry for being a little mean here, but I couldn't think of any other way to phrase it) dumb. Alcohol is far worse for you than marijuana. That's one reason. Add in taxing it, and in general it's better to legalize it (maybe not morally better, but it makes economic sense)
Let me first debunk a few arguments people use to claim it should be illegal.
1. It Brain Cells - The study that was used to back up this "fact" involved monkeys being given the equivalent of 30 joints over a period of 5 minutes through a gas mask with no additional oxygen. The monkeys didn't lose brain cells because of the weed; they were suffocated.
2. It's a Gateway Drug - Only 1 in 104 pot smokers ever tries cocaine in their life. Besides, at these standards, shouldn't alcohol be considered the ultimate gateway drug?
3. It Makes You Lazy - People who are already lazy smoke too much pot and never do anything with their lives because they're lazy. Pot didn't do that to them.
So why SHOULD it be legal?
Some studies show that weed can actually stimulate brain cell growth. It can be used to reverse effects of cancer and provide chemotherapy patients with a pain reliever that has very few side effects. It could also be taxed and regulated the same as tobacco & alcohol, bringing in millions of dollars in taxes and crippling the drug trade used as a business model for gangs.