Traditional gov. reasoning behind keeping pot illegal is that the use of pot would lead into the use of harder drugs. I don't think that this would be the case. If you could buy your weed over the counter, like you can do with tabacco, it does not fuel a habit that will eventually lead you to heroin + cocaine...
However i do believe that keeping pot illegal is better than not, leagalisation would result in legislation, which would impair production of weed as well as taxing what is produced.
"Marijuana is proven to have a weaker intoxication from the average intake than alcohol is..."
It is also "proven" that the average joint (not
) mixed with tabacco, is more harmful than a cigarette.
"drunks who walk around terroizing the suburbs"
Alcohol affects different people in different ways... Same with weed, i've seen people completely out of control after a bit of pot...
Wow that was a long post!