Marijuana was criminalized to fight hippies. Marijuana is as bad as cigarettes and alcohol; it should be legalized and controlled. Anyone who can't see that marijuana is equally as bad, is already addicted. Marijuana impairs your abilities, as alcohol does. It also increases the effects of people with ADD or ADHD. However, pot doesn't make you violent like alcohol. I've never heard of someone toking up and then beating their kids. Pot decreases reaction times, while under the influence and after chronic use. Smoking pot is like smoking cigs. You may not chain smoke reefer, but you hold it in your lungs. I cough way more smoking pot, than cigs, invert. Weed IS bad for you. Legalization, decriminalization, etc and so forth, will give the impression that the federal government thinks it's ok. Then there are the associated cancers that come from pot, and how it will hurt insurance. But pot isn't cocaine, and it's not heroin. It's not as chemically addictive as alcohol, even. There aren't many reasons to keep it criminalized. Why not outlaw cigs and alcohol? Because it didn't work: Prohibition. So why keep pot illegal? Power issues and the US being a "Christian Nation."