3 Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay Illegal Reviewed

3 Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay Illegal Reviewed

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


  • Chef Slump says:

    Baby lich

  • Quantum Droid says:

    Im not smoking cigarettes neither drink alcohol….weed is my favorite….if you smoke bongs with extra water to clean the smoke trough most of the unhealthy things stay in the water!

  • Armando Lopez says:

    Just like alcohol just do it responsibly it’s fine to drink and it’s fine to smoke just don’t abuse it .

  • Joy De1G says:

    First of all, pot isn't a drug to begin with, secondly i have friends that do alcohol, cocaine, brown sugar, prescription drugs however I have never joined them in the act even after being offered multiple times…I stick to my weed. I don't even smoke cigarettes, so you see it is not a gateway drug, stop generalizing weed based on the acts of irresponsible people

  • Cloudy Skateboarding says:

    It isn't marijuana that makes you want to try other drugs, it's your own decisions that cause you to do anything

  • Monster Bass says:

    For some reason, weed is legal in Oregon

  • Ol' Dreäddy says:

    I drink straight vodka every morning and after work. It works well with waking you the fuck up.

  • DST says:

    Why not try and keep all non medical drugs out of your body like all healthy people

  • Halv Gud says:

    The most powerful drug is keeping a clear mind!

  • An0nYmU5_ 3voLutI0n says:

    Marijuana does not kill anyone

  • Trash Man says:

    The animators must be adventure time fans

  • Sierra yea says:

    Marijuana is one of many potential triggers for psychosis – another of which is stress…

  • Spectrum The Video Game says:

    I like how they showed the death statistics of Alcohol and Tobacco buy not Marijuana as if anybody ever died from it, at least not directly lol. Yea this video definitely had an agenda and painted the subject in a bad light. Makes you wonder how many other of their videos are off the mark.

  • McLolzable says:

    Been smoking for 10 years now, never even once thought about any other drug, except shrooms, really want to try shrooms. Gateway drug my bum.

  • Robert Williams says:

    It opens a gateway to being horny happy and a tendency to raid the fridge.without it I would have multiple grand mal seizures a day since they legalized it I've been able to get off three of my medications.

  • Finanov says:

    Can we all just do what Portugal did, instead of criminalizing drug users?

  • Rylan Boutelle says:

    1st of all 30 percent tax is fucking bs

  • —H0W_IT5_G0TTA_B3/— RIP X says:

    Literally if your ever about to kill yourself at least try to smoke I promise you won’t feel the same …. marijuana

  • swift vibez says:

    I was high when I was watch this

  • Ethan Li says:

    Justin Trudeau should have read this

  • Reader HighGuy says:

    I wonder how many people disliked the video without watching it first.

  • DirtyDz33_Nismo says:

    If you for one minute can conclude marijuana is worse than alcohol then maybe its the truth… problem is alcohol which is legal is way worse on most all levels. its a plant that grows naturally.. Its a sedative its medicine, itll make you hungry and horny.. you wont kill people driving while high on a joint most drive slower than usual lol.. there is absolutley nothing wrong with weed in my opinion. you can have yours but at least you cant od on it.

  • Peťo D says:

    Bob Marley and Snoop Dogg must suffer psychosis and schizophrenia and their cannabis-use made them sit on heroin now,,, RIGHT??? Lmao….. How about making a video with FACTS and not crap?

  • Daniel Ortiz says:

    Fuck u weed is the best thing since sliced bread

  • Gino Marino says:

    Well that was very educational

  • Grayson Vallotton says:

    im high af and 1:40 happened and now im in the dark place

  • king condom 108 says:

    U cant get addicted

  • The Harvinator says:


    thanks for the nightmares

  • Nathan Rae says:

    As far as naysayers to my right to consume a plant, I can soundly say, fuck you. Even if you do earnestly believe cannabis is bad for people, you have no right to confiscate my right to light that radioactive, cancer-causing, psychosis-inducing roller goodness 🤗

  • Ricka Espinal says:

    Let them overdose and die, those who don't care should be forgotten when deceased.

  • Dudeist Preist says:

    I accidentally drink a Gary's lemonade at 25 thc. Thought it was like a Mike's hard. Kind of right but very rough. Got super high. Threw up a bit near the end. Really enjoyed it. 8/10 would do again. Just gotta spread it out a bit.

  • Sean Crockett says:

    A spike in illegal drug use? Look around.. it's been going on for awhile even before legalizing marijuana

  • JellyDaFish says:

    Weed good politics bad

  • Patrick Dempsey says:

    Here is another argument: Driving while high still impairs you. People drive while under the influence, mainly since they think that because they are not drunk enough not to drive. When high, it is the same thing. They think they can drive, and do so. People who are driving properly, minding their own business, die because of people like that. That's a good enough reason to be illegal.

    Now, if they slam down hard on DUI charges, such as revoking their license for life after say, three DUIs, then I'd be fine with it being legalized. If they want to ruin their lives, go ahead, let them lose their license. It will prevent them from ruining other people's lives. And if they drive without a license, and then are found to have HAD their license revoked, just take their car. If that's what it comes down to to protect innocent people who are not breaking the law, then so be it. I don't care if you smoke weed. I just care if your drug usage, puts others in harm's way.

  • King Penguin says:

    I have mom who thinks im a drug addict because i smoke weed and i promise you i only smoke 3 or 4 days a week🙃 she thinks I fucked up my life bruh so hard trying convince her that weed is wayyyy different other drugs

  • Lucas Downey says:

    Gate way drug my ass

  • David Ventura says:

    This is a lieI smoked marijuana and I pretended like if I was having schizophrenia which I didn't there are human spirits that control your body intake sell your soul to prove a point that there is wrong on a thing marijuana it's good which in fact whoever wants to prove a point they will prove a point to ruin everyone's life don't have and that's all a lie but they the government works with God the government works with Jesus the government works Lucifer's and they will prove any point to keep a plant away from people. Jesus which he loves to prove that I don't believe in I only believe and whoever believes and evil then they were fooled. Only believe in creation not an evil government. Oh what marijuana did is made me feel good it did not make me feel angry make me feel in any kind of type of way this video is a lie.

  • Kuryux says:

    Was about to downvote when I read the title. So glad I watched it though

  • Andy F says:

    7:30 a study was released recently that showed no effect on teenage brains. They compared teenagers who used to teens who didn’t use, and both brains were fully developed.

  • 12 19 says:

    Damn. I’m korean. So I can see…it supports korean translation and it’s exactly opposite means with original title.
    Someone needs to change that…
    제목이 완전 반대의미지 않나요…?

  • Infamous BC says:

    The real gateway drug is jerkin it.

  • Fernando Camlost says:

    so much bullshit in just one video..

  • Malavos says:

    You did not touch the biggest point of them all: It's degenerate.

  • Lordakia Santiago says:

    Take your dislike stupid..

  • El Zuga says:

    Am I being psychotic by looking up if I'm psychotic?

  • It's Vlad, not Vladimir says:

    Yes. Got a question!! Why watch Tom&Jerry when you can watch Kurzgesagt instead?🤔

  • Purple DragonDC says:

    There is stuff now that 98%

  • Jdsman 31899 says:

    Since y’all are stupid enough to not look it up yourself I’ll you why.

    1.The US does not need anymore dumb drug addicts; you’re all fuckin’ stupid and end up dead or in jail.

    2. Thc does very little good for you just besides giving you a high.. CBD is an actual medication used to treat patients with real diagnoses

    3. None of you dipshits should be trusted with marijuana. I can bet my bottom dollar there’s probably 30,000 drug addicts watching this video saying “I can quite any time” and “I’m a safe driver when high” yea.. you think that until you crash, end up in jail, or dead. Stupid fuckin’ drug addicts

  • tim X says:

    god i love this channel

  • AlexanderThePup says:

    I smoke dabs day in day out. I've only had psychosis like fifteen times. Not enough to make a skunky stink about it. Also I've graduated from dabs to injections of 99% THC crystals into my veins. It almost always kills me though…

  • Kee Chief says:

    Dosings would be on packeges thats 1 argument down

  • god says:

    in hs when weed was illegal (living in Canada) weed was so accessible because everyone sold it under tables – now that it’s legal dealers won’t sell without ID

  • ivi says:

    I think he is talking about meth not weed if it is then its 0.1% of people

  • ivi says:


  • Aaron Rumel says:

    Bitch I’m 15 looking 13 and walked into a smoke shop and bought 2 grams of weed 😂😂

  • rich chigga says:

    2:00 lich baby 😔

  • Man’s Floyd says:

    Just stop your uneducated asf🥴 poeple do whatever the fuck they want anyway you can’t say they only do it cause they smoke weed

  • sebastian aranguiz says:

    In a growshop you can find strains between 1% and 20% of thc, IDIOT

  • Michael Skogen says:

    Yo what the fuck is with all the adventure Time references

  • Paul Leaner says:

    Did someone overdose and die? In persuit of health and happiness.

  • Thomas _ says:

    Decriminalization doesn't entirely mean its legal either.

    In Portugal, sure you won't go to Prison, but you are actively enforced to stop consuming narcotics such as marijuana etc.

    You got smoke a joint in public, you get refereed to rehab. There situation is MUCH different than say legalizing marijuana in the same sense as alcohol is today.

  • Daniel says:

    I don't want my thc levels going down, fuck that shit

  • jammapcb says:

    cbd is anti psychotic substance. The issue is all thc and 0 cbd. Thc and CBD should be 1:1 or better 1:2. Justlike nature, fucking balanced! not artificially fucked with! legalize it already so the quality is there and tested to be safe. THC % and CBD % on the package = better than illicit street crap! even if it costs slightly more! at least its free of assholes and filth!

  • Alex D says:

    Legalize weed in the whole world who gives a shit if your neighbor smokes a pound a week

  • Rapsha100 says:

    I'm smoking weed while watching this.

  • vahdet cay says:

    Doğu Poyraz Tahan teşekkür ederim çeviri için çok saol gerçekten

  • Sleep Sleep says:

    Marijuana is an illegal drug… and just like any other illegal drug… teens and adults use it to commit crimes…

  • Eric Chatman says:

    Literally smoking while watching this 😂😂

  • No Name says:

    Bullshit crap !!!

  • CxIorful says:

    Could you talk about edibles, on the fact there’s no tabbaco needed?

  • Racist says:

    Legalize medical crack!

  • ROTARY BOI says:

    Is that adventure time reference

  • PhatDookie 420 says:

    Cannabis has no physically addictive properties. Sorry, you're wrong.

  • UrBoi Ego says:

    People really thinking weed cannot become addicting.

  • David Diamond says:

    Endocannabanoid system look it up… This video just made me unsub.. unfortunate.

  • worship the comedy god seo eunkwang or else says:

    right??? like people make the argument that banning guns doesnt solve the issue of gun violence yet ban and criminalize marijuana thinking it will lead to less incentive to use….it makes so much sense that making it legal while focusing on how to improve better use is better than straight up banning it. same logic for sex education.

  • Will Temp says:

    2:53 the lick

  • sagi alex says:

    There is no answer. People are just retarded. They act like children. "Oh its illegal? Better do it for the funnies!"

  • Sxedoc says:

    Marijuana is very dangerous! Last time i smoked i ate everything in the fridge + all the cookies and chocolate in the living room causing my wife to urgently go to the super market to buy more food, once she was back home i made love with her as if i was a porn star, then i watched a movie, ate what was inside the fridge again and passed out for 10 hours straight. Stay safe!

  • ʕ o ᴥ oʔ HighHowAreYouTeddy says:

    I watched this video year ago and clicked a dislike.
    I'm changing my mind now.

  • Cajunsphinx Gaming says:

    Yes to to engineer plants to have more thc then cbd but the also have plants that are the exact opposite

  • Sanjin Brus says:

    3:24 This is because marijuana is illegal

  • Dave N Japan says:

    and kids are loving the candy type

  • HappyGamer 456 says:

    Fuck the animation in 1:32 I was soo focused on the vid and I fucking thought it was gonna eat my soul. That shit is fucking scary

  • draco mortis says:

    Let's just get rid of tobacco in place of weed

  • Officer Nasty says:

    Well people go from a nipple to a bottle to sugar to soda as well as other messed up and partially addicted substances xD.. so when i hear weed is a gateway drug xD im like huh???? noo!, my moms nipple was the "gateway" for me ( secretly many others as well ) 🙂 ….. Not to even mention how alcohol is more dangerous than heroin and cigarettes contain cyanide? And what … Weed has cbd and thc xD hhhm maybe the big tabacco/alcohol company had something to do with this xD

  • Devon LeClair says:

    Lots of people probably disagreed with this video
    Because it's legal

  • Connor Nolan says:

    Alcohol kills cigarettes kill never heard anyone overdose on ganja

  • MithrilChu says:

    9:15 i would add Education as a third.

  • Xmo says:

    THC could actually ruin your life. From my experience, I would be dead now, if antidepresives would not exist, because THC started anxiety and depression for me.. Psychotic drugs are dangerous for SOME people. The best state of mind is your soberness.. If you open a bad door, as you have key with psy drugs, you will never be able to close them again.

  • Richard Curren says:

    The failed ninety year war on marijuana has been the most deadly, destructive and costly mistake in America's history. Cops have focused their efforts on arresting poor people on marijuana/drugs charges. Because white collar criminals have money to fight, and they're more difficult and costly to indict.

  • the vampire says:

    Here are the real facts it does not cause psychosis it does not cause you to hallucinate it does not cause brain damage it does not cause death it doesn't make you stupid it doesn't make you try different drugs weed itself shouldn't even be considered a drug in the first place there is not one recorded marijuana overdose other than fake stories there is no scientific evidence that it makes you stupid other than fake websites full of fake information about there being scientific research on it when there's not I've actually smoked weed I've never hallucinated never not once we need weed it's helping so many people with medical problems including depression PTSD cancer anxiety stress back pain pain from an injury and so much more

  • Vision AimBot says:

    This boi really said it is a gateway drug…….what a gateway to a fucking fridge??

  • Finn Coyote says:

    Medical marijuana already legal in certain places in British Columbia

  • Mustafa Şeker says:

    8:20 I don't trust like that

  • Orri says:

    Do people not see the last word of the title? It says “reviewed”. That sentence means that they are reviewing the 3 reasons why it should stay illegal, they are not supporting them necessarily. A review of something often offers counter points which is exactly what happened in this video but all you guys saw in the title was that Kurzgesagt hates weed.

  • Francis Puello Santana says:

    You just love 1 respect point out of 3, just for saying that it's a gateway drug !

  • Alex Haynes says:

    As one of the '10%' I wish you would just fuck off and mind your own business. I have been smoking it for fifty years. I am and have been, a respectable, gainfully employed family man and my main issues with YOUR sick, sad society all revolve around your inability to mind your own business and need to 'control' me.

  • Would you step on stuart little For billion dollars says:

    I used it and i loved it…

    Thats the reason.

    ILOVED IT! thats why it should stay illegal…
    People sees it as medicine, herbal medicine but the ugly truth is they didnt used it as a medicine. They used it as an addiction. If they make it legal most people will choose this over alot of things.

  • Abi Eye says:

    any "drug" or in Marijuana's case a "helpful natural herb" will have a negative consequence on a person who uses it and it is NOT the right Medicine for them. Try Epinephrine if you are Not in having a life threatening allergy attack. Marijuana works just fine for many people as Medicinal Treatment. Our human brain, well it has over 20 different receptors designed to make use of THC & CBD. ALL DRUGS ARE BAD IF YOU TAKE THEM WRONG!!! Have a shot of epi and get back to me.

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