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All around the world, marijuana is being decriminalized, or even made legal. But is this really a good idea? In the online debate, the harmful sides are often downplayed. So let’s look at the three most powerful arguments against legalizing marijuana. [Intro – Kurzgesagt] Argument number 1: In the last few decades, Marijuana has been engineered
to become much more potent. Today, marijuana is so potent, that it’s actually a strong drug
that may cause psychosis. The main active ingredient of marijuana is THC, and there’s strong evidence
that THC is related to psychosis regardless of other risk factors. Marijuana also contains a substance called CBD, that seems to counteract its effect. It’s even being tested as a treatment
against psychosis and anxiety. But because it doesn’t make you high, growers have gradually decreased the amount of CBD in marijuana over the last few decades, while increasing THC levels. Sample testing showed that THC levels
have risen from around 4% in the 1990s to nearly 12% in 2014, shifting the ratio of THC to CBD
from 1:14 in 1995 to about 1:80 in 2014. It’s unclear how precise those tests were, however. Overall, recent findings suggest
that the more marijuana you consume, and the stronger it is, the higher your risk of developing psychosis. But how high is the risk of psychosis
for the general population? A study from Britain found that while marijuana use has risen significantly
between 1996 and 2005, the number of schizophrenia cases – a type of psychosis – remain stable. The risk of marijuana induced psychosis remains the highest for people who already have a high risk of psychosis to begin with. For them, it seems more likely that marijuana speeds up
the development of their condition, rather than causing it,
as far as we know right now. So the reasoning goes, if fewer people have access to marijuana, the lower the risk of marijuana induce psychosis. But actually, you could argue that precisely because marijuana is illegal, more people will end up with psychosis. Prohibition makes illegal drug stronger and more potent, because this way you can ship
more product in a smaller space and sell it at a greater profit. This is what happened during
the prohibition of alcohol in the US, where hard liquor became the norm. And the same is happening with marijuana now. Imagine a world where liquor
is the only alcohol available. You have the choice of either not drinking at all, or getting much drunker than you would like to. This is the situation for many marijuana smokers today. People didn’t stop drinking during prohibition, and the numbers show that laws
don’t deter people from using marijuana. We can’t make marijuana go away, but we can make it safer. If marijuana were legal, there would be more options for consumers, and regulators could, for example,
insist on a high level of CBD. Just like most people don’t drink
an after-work bottle of vodka, many people would gladly consume
the after-work beer version of marijuana. Argument 2:
marijuana is a gateway drug. If it’s legalized, there will be a spike in the use
of much more dangerous drugs. A 2015 study found that about 45% of lifelong marijuana users took some other illegal drug at some point. Legalizing marijuana could reinforce this trend: as more young people try legal marijuana, they might end up trying harder drugs. But it turns out that the real gateway
to drug use comes much earlier: cigarettes. One study showed that teens who started smoking before the age of 15 were 80% more likely to use illegal drugs
than those who didn’t. And a 2007 study found that teenagers
between 12 and 17 who smoked were three times more likely to binge drink, seven times more likely to have used
drugs like heroin or cocaine, and were also seven times more likely
to resort to marijuana. But if that’s the case, how could making more drugs legal
stop the use of hard drugs? At first, it’s important to acknowledge that people don’t use drugs because they’re legal or not. If you want to buy any drug, you’ll always find someone happy to sell. The real question is why do people develop an unhealthy relationship with drugs at all? Studies show that certain conditions make people especially vulnerable
to drugs and addiction. A difficult childhood, early trauma, low social status, depression, even genetic factors. Which drug they get addicted to
is more often than not a matter of chance. Addicts take drugs to escape their problems. But drugs don’t solve any of those problems, and instead become a new problem. But punishing people
for their unhealthy coping mechanisms doesn’t change anything about
the underlying causes either. So some argue we need to
take a completely different route. In 2001, Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe. So it was desperate enough to try something radical: Possession and use of
all illegal drugs was decriminalized. You would no longer be arrested; Instead, authorities launched a major health campaign. People who were found with a small amount were referred to support services, and got help with treatment and harm reduction. Drug use was seen as a chronic disease, not a crime. The results were stunning: the number of people
who tried drugs and kept using them fell from 44% to 28% by 2012. The use of hard drugs decreased, as well as HIV & hepatitis infections
and overdoses. Making drugs legal might overall
help society much more than it harms it. Argument number 3: Marijuana is addictive and unhealthy. It needs to remain illegal
to keep harm at a minimum. While marijuana addiction is
more psychological than physical, it is still a real problem. The demand for treatment
for marijuana addiction has more than doubled in the past decade alone. In total, about 10% of people
who try marijuana will become addicted. This is also related to higher THC levels. A study released in 2017 tracked the potency of marijuana
and Dutch coffee shops over a period of 16 years. For every 1% increase in THC, 60 more people enter treatment nationwide. In terms of negative health effects, some studies linked marijuana use to
increased blood pressure and lung problems, while a 2016 study found that
marijuana use was unrelated to physical health problems,
except for a higher risk of gum disease. Some studies showed that
marijuana use alters teenagers brains, and decreases their intelligence; but when more recent studies
took drinking and smoking into account, the results were inconclusive. Overall, research shows that taking any drugs while the brain
is still in development is bad for you. But the truth is, we don’t know yet
how unhealthy marijuana is. We need more funding for research, which is hard to get while marijuana remains illegal. We can put what we know into perspective though. 16% of people who consume alcohol
become alcoholics, and 32% of people who try cigarettes
become smokers. We know for sure alcohol affects your brain, destroys your liver and causes cancer; while tobacco clogs your arteries, destroys your lungs and also causes cancer. 3.3 million people die from alcohol abuse each year, while smoking kills more than 6 million people. Nobody is suggesting tobacco and alcohol
are harmless just because they’re legal. Also, nobody is seriously proposing to prohibit them even though they are extremely dangerous. Legality is a way to exercise some control over them, especially when it comes to protecting young people. It’s often much harder to buy legal drugs
for teenagers than to buy illegal ones. Official sellers can get hefty fines and lose their license if they sell to underage kids. Legality creates incentives here
that drug dealers can’t exploit. So making marijuana legal doesn’t mean endorsing it. It means taking responsibility for the risks it poses. It could also open the floodgates
to tons of new research that shows us how harmful
it really is, and to whom. Conclusion: Marijuana is a drug, and just like any other drug,
It has negative consequences for a sizable portion of the people who use it. It is not harmless. The best way to protect society
from its negative consequences seems to be legalization and regulation. Thanks to our partnership with funk, this video has already been available on our German channel for two weeks! Check it out and subscribe to practice your German skills! And if you want to support the creation of videos that take months to research and prepare, and get a bunch of cool stuff in return, you can do that on patreon.com/kurzgesagt

100 thoughts on “3 Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay Illegal Reviewed

  1. Hits bong…cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough
    Not a gate way drug its your choice to do harder drugs

  2. 40k stoners disliked I was a stoner for a year all day of everyday took a .5g dab and it was a mini mushroom trip was so in thought and a little hallucinations in my side vision and a schizophrenic break out for a day or two then got in to psychedelics was 1 and half sober and hit a dab and it was the same a mini mushroom trip and regretted it 5 days sober now going for the rest of my life going to join the Marines in June it’s all about your mind,Mind over Matter it’s actually easy kicking it your life will be 10x better sober all the time I always said I can’t believe I lived without smoking but it’s better the first week can be hard sometimes y’all got this if you’re trying to kick it,you don’t need THC,when CBD is so good for you without the high that could get you killed eventually with paranoid thoughts and recklessness behavior just be careful if you do it it can get you stuck in mind and life in general

  3. U know theres a such thing as corn right….corn is like kush cept its hus weaker…gives u a steady maintained high instead of wht most kush strands do

  4. Most ppl dont drink am after work bottle of vodka. My mum would have argued with you about that. Probably while she was drinking her before work bottle of vodka.

  5. Drugs are man made. Prescriptions and narcotics. Marajuana is not a drug. And nobody is going loony after smoking marajuana.

  6. If u really think about it the level of control we allow our governments to have over us is insane..thc helps cancer patients sleep,eat ,relax ..my mum died eating a fists full of pills..that did fuck all,and she wouldnt try thc oil because she trusted the doctors,i dont..big pharma and the banks are puckering us up to fuck ..u watch!

  7. All drugs need to be decriminalized. Throwing people in jail is not getting them the help and creates violence at the border and streets.

  8. I think we should take the Portugal approach and treat it (and alcohol and nicotine/tobacco use) as a health epidemic, same as opioids. None of this stuff is good for you.

  9. It needs to be legal eliminate those cartels honestly all drugs should be legal ppl are gonna do what they r gonna do especially saying they cant i knew a drug dealer if he didnt like you he would put fetenol in your shit even your weed and then you die that shit will go away permantly those evil drug dealers will perish and who knows if its legal it could be safer taking out the components that kill you due to overdoses i dont do drugs just herbs and weed is no drug it was put here by god god made weed man made beer who do you trust cause alchohol kills everyday some1 died as im writing this from probally drinking and driving know your drugs and how to control them or they will take your soul be stronger then the drug ppl i quit drinking alchohol once i passed 21 i had more fun drinking underage when told i couldnt see a pattern here alchohol was more fun illegally then legal

  10. Qué pelotudez más grande que una casa, primero decir que la marihuana es una droga super fuertes, no la consumió nunca y no tiene idea de las otras drogas que ni hace falta mencionar, y que es una puerta de ingreso a las otras es la mentira más grande del universo, si tenés un personalidad adictiva no es culpa de la marihuana. No crean nada de estas cosas y sigan fumando tranquilos

  11. None of these suppositions really matter. Plan and simple the government has no intrinsic authority to physically lock you up in a jail cell or put you behind razor wire fences for ingesting a plant. I don't care if it's super harmful, prohibition does not work and is antithetical the values of a country that claims liberty and freedom as it's central tenets. Just because something is harmful does not mean you should be thrown in a concrete box. I'm a former i.v. opiate, cocaine, alcohol, and Valium addict. Weed is benign compared to those substances.

  12. Average life span for a human is 60-66 years not that long guys take 20% of that away cause “adult life” leaves you 45 years of fun. make it last, you only get one.

  13. facepalm
    Alcohol is the gateway drug. And in the process of making his whole psychosis point, he finished by saying if it were legalized there would be more variety for smokers, directly contradicting his original point that it should stay illegal. 🙄

  14. The real best argument is right at the last part.

    Do we recognize its inherent dangers?

    To be honest, i see a lot of people who don't take marijuana maturely, and I don't mind the toke.

    People would laugh at the labels on the marijuana jars.

  15. More idiocy.
    the assumption that stronger product means users will get more intoxicated against their own will is just incorrect Replacing beer and wine with strong liquor does not mandate more intoxication by the user
    also making hard liquor available did not remove beer and wine etc from existence anymore than making some marijuana stronger means everybody has to smoke a whole joint or something ridiculous like that.
    Stronger marijuana simply means less product used to get the effect
    but it does not mean a stronger effect on the user against the users control or will.
    If you have a person that's going to drink a large glass of beverage regardless of how much alcohol is in it or smoke x amount of marijuana regardless of how strong it is, then this person is going to be at risk no matter what you offer them.
    people with zero self-control or no thought of what they are doing are simply people with zero self-control and these people are at risk just eating candy bars or going out in public.
    ending prohibition made more beer and more wine and more slow production alcohols available not less of them available this video doesn't even have the facts correct on human behavior.
    someone that wants to get x amount of high is going to smoke as much as it takes to get x amount of high.
    making marijuana stronger just causes them to use less to get that effect but making marijuana stronger doesn't make people smoke more today.
    we're not talking about opium here, where stronger opium then becomes morphine and even stronger then becomes heroin.
    one of the factors of marijuana is that even though you do a larger amount it still stays the same drug in your system and does not equate to a higher risk of addiction just because you're doing a stronger amount of the drug.
    this particular video is missing some facts and some follow through.

  16. Watching Kurzgesagt videos are nutz when you're high… I heard… from someone else… a totally different person… not me… at all

  17. Enjoy a lot of this guy's videos but it is very wrong. He definitely doesn't live in a country where pot is legal. The government stuff is much much more potent than street stuff.
    The gateway drug theory is disproven. The gateway drug is alcohol.
    You can become addicted to anything.
    Sorry but a very very poor video with points that are invalid or completely misinformed.

  18. It may be a gateway drug for some, though I’ve been smoking weed for years and never once thought “Hey, how about Heroin or Cocaine?” It’s a choice just like all things in life. Don’t do something that you know is that addictive and potentially deadly. Easy as that🤷🏻‍♂️

  19. "other illegal drugs" doesn't necessarily mean cocaine heroin or meth. people who smoke weed, in my personal, subjective experience, are probably more likely to be trying shrooms, LCD, and other psychedelics

  20. Ok first off I mariawana is not a gateway drug I never once smoked some weed and sed you know what I want some meth like what the hell

  21. I feel like I should share my two cent as a Coloradoan (Colorado is one of the only US states where marijuana is legal) it's just like second alcohol here. Doesn't really come up in your day-to-day life at all.

  22. Totally dangerous drug, making young people lazy zombies with zero ambition and even less knowledge. Nobody should be going to jail for it, but it's a very very bad drug

  23. its not a gateway drug, the reason its illegal causes people to use hardcore drugs, meaning if marijuana was easier to get people wouldn't try so many "hardcore drugs" as for children, laws should be increased to not allow children to try any drugs. This is because of many reasons that children try hardcore drugs. One reason they think it's cool to smoke marijuana, so it must also be cool to try a line of coke. another reason may also be because of their resources in general, meaning if a child cant get their marijuana fix, they may get a coke or heroin fix just because they cant get their hands on marijuana. Better Enforcing the laws of drugs and alcohol for children will fix all these problems. However, marijuana is still a drug and it should be treated as safely as any other substance. If you disagree please tell me why in this comment section id like to know why. Thank you.

  24. This dude is such a fucking asshole. He made this video trippy so it fucks with my head
    fuck you kurgz. I wanted to tell you im so fucking high and your think thats ok to fuck with my head
    then fuck you
    you suck this video was so trippy and this was a trap all along
    im scared im gonna get stabbed by the version of me that climbed through my mirrior
    I feel like im in a plane thats falling

  25. Education always takes the back place to entertainment, but the fundamental science is simply wrong when this (adorably reasonable) video talks about its basic theme. The THC boom has more to do with selective harvesting and treatment of the actual plants not the genetics. If the actual THC consumption has not gone up, as in people not smoking enormous blunts but instead smoking a bowl while the THC stayed the same, then we have a skewed study. If THC has gone up in each dose of cannabis has gone up from 4-12 percent, and for every percent up 60 more people enter rehab, then we have a growth of 480 people addicted to weed over a decade. That’s not exactly interesting enough to bother with is it?

  26. Marijuna is regulated
    Its stronger now and has more uses
    It already had CBD content and people can already choose whether or not they want marijuana with higher CBD levels or simply CBD alone.
    People are going to do whatever drugs they want whenever they want.

    Btw, any drug that alters your state of mind can induce psychosis; even something prescribed.

    If you want to compare it to alcohol and say that stronger alcohol came out when it was prohibited; then compare it to alcohol by saying if today, if you’re 21 you can gain access to it legally with a valid ID just like you can with alcohol in states where it is legal recreationally.

    People are adults; they will make their own decisions. Legal or not.

    These arguments are dry; go convince people meth should stay legal and focus on shit thats really killing people; especially in large numbers. Lets talk about sex trafficking or police brutality;real threats to our society. We have bigger fish to fry in America.

  27. As a smoker of weed myself, it is great to see more and more people researching the facts and revealing the truth about Cannabis.
    This really gives an insight to people who don't know much about cannabis; as well as all other people, to what it is really like.

    It would be good for you to give us the the sources of information as some people dont always believe it without proof.

  28. This is bullshit you can take drugs without being adictet and all facts shown here are for making canabis legal

  29. Marijuana is illegal because it can make People f-ck up like ummm uhhh oh yeah make them like going insane, crazy yeah
    Someone swallowed majuwana in front of me this is what he said
    "hoyv u jaev myore fo oths?"
    It was true

  30. We actually do know the affects of weed on the brain. Yes it’s not good for people who are still developing but you do realize that cbd and thc have both been linked to slow the growth process of cancer cells in the body? I mean that and hundreds of other benefits to this drug.

  31. 3:28 couldnt you make the same argument about alcohol? i remember learning that alcohol is the bigger gateway drug than pot in college. I never want to try anything crazy when I'm high but when I'm drunk…fuck it.

  32. Long time herb smoker and drug sampler here; I've never, ever, heard of anyone, anywhere, being addicted to marijuana… Ever.

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