|Since you already broke the law to try weed and you experienced the kind of high weed can give you there is a higher chance you would be willing to try a different drug for a number of reason (Peer pressure, you want to experience a different high, it is just available to you, ect). So yes smoking the weed itself does not make you try other drugs, but if you look at the whole picture it can be proven (IE the numerous studies I have posted previously) that there is a higher chance that you will try hard drugs if you smoke weed.|
You know... if you substitute "weed" with "alcohol", you'd see how absurd this standpoint is. The high from weed is not significantly stronger than the high from alcohol.... but it is a lot
less dangerous (weed doesn't impair your motor skills or judgement as much, and it generally does not make people violent like alcohol can).
Your standpoint hinges on the fact that weed is [mostly] illegal, while alcohol is [mostly] legal. If you remove that part from the equation, this becomes fruitless.
If we legallize it, sell it, regulate it, and tax it like we do with alcohol or tobacco, this becomes a non-issue very quickly. Practically overnight.
|That is true, but the only way to totally remove the "drug scene" would be to have it legal for everyone even minors. Because if it is not legal for the minors they still have to break the law to smoke it and obtain it (Even though it would be a bit easier).|
That is simply not true. It is not difficult for minor to obtain alcohol or tobacco (and they do) without going through the "drug scene". If pot is sold the same way, it wouldn't be any different.
|I live in Minnesota and if I went to the down town Twin Cities and walked the streets I could find many shady weed dealers that just offer you to buy weed on the streets.|
You might be confusing "weed dealers" with "drug dealers". Drug dealers are shady. Weed dealers can be, but generally are more laid back. I know several weed dealers around me, all of which I would trust enough to leave a stack of cash unattended on my table, knowing they wouldn't take it.
Plus, it also sounds like you might live in Meth country, which is giving you an overly harsh view of marijuana. Meth is extremely messed up and it makes people turn into complete assholes and pieces of human trash. So any dealer that deals in both meth and weed is going to be a complete scumbag.
But that's a problem with meth... not with weed.
Also... as was mentioned... you generally wouldn't buy weed from some random dealer off the streets. You buy it from someone you know. Or if you don't know anyone that sells, you ask your friends where they buy it from and meet the dealer first hand... and given that something like 80% of the US population smokes weed (pulling that number out of my ass, but I'd wager it's pretty close to that), I'm sure you have at least 1 friend that smokes.
Also... just fyi: I don't smoke. But just about everyone I know does, and I don't see anything wrong with it. I just choose not to because I don't see much appeal to it nor am I willing to spend my money on it.