As a person who knows many people who smoke/have smoked marijuana,I know that not one of those people have gone threw any type of withdrawal from stopping their usage. I've had a family member go into a coma related to prescription withdrawals, and seen what a person goes through when trying to detox. I don't know one person who has actually become "addicted' or "dependent" on marijuana. How many people do you know that have quit smoking marijuana cold turkey just to be able to pass a drug test and get a job? Did any of those people experience withdrawals symptoms like seizures, heart palpitations, delirium, hallucinations, muscle aches, anxiety and restlessness? Nobody that i know went threw that. Anyone that I know that has gone through any detox or rehab program go for opioid, benzo, or alcohol detox. Anyone that I know that wanted to or needed to stop smoking marijuana for whatever reason just stopped. Did some still want to smoke it and wish they could still smoke it? Yes. Did they feel like they couldn't stop or that they physically or psychologically "needed" it. No. Just because they still want to smoke it, it doesn't mean they are addicted or dependent. It means they enjoyed the effects of it. Who actually wants to stop doing something that they enjoy? People who are against marijuana legalization because of their belief that it is addictive have either never tried it themselves, or don't know anyone personally who has tried it and are blindly trusting what the media and government has to say about it. Yes, it causes alteration in motor behavior, cognition, perception, etc. So does every prescription controlled substance on the market, so should we prohibit those, too? Should we ban federally ban caffeine, because if I don't have my double shot of espresso by 11:00 AM, I get an awful headache that not even Excedrin can get rid of. I am dependent on caffeine, and my body lets me know it. People don't become dependent on marijuana. If they say they are, they are confusing addiction with purely just enjoying something. America needs to wake up. We are aware that it causes impairment, so regulate it like alcohol. You can't show up to work drunk, so you can't show up to work high on marijuana. Which brings me to another point. People who are prescribed opioids, benzos, etc drive, go to work, and go about their lives even though it cause cognitive and motor impairment. I had a friend who was prescribed a high dose of morphine sulfate... She worked as a preschool teacher, and they hired her knowing this! With that being said, I'm not saying that means it should be okay to go to work, especially in an occupation where you're putting someone life at risk, under the influence. But if someone has a long, stressful day and wants to go home and smoke a little, what is the harm in that? People argue that if marijuana is legalized then this or that will happen, but all of the stuff they name off is already happening with people on prescription medications or people who drink alcohol in excess. Also, death from overdosing on marijuana is highly unlikely. There are people that smoke all day, everyday and haven't died from it yet. For those saying that they're worried people will be able to smoke publicly or that their neighbors smoke it and now their family has "coughing fits" because of it... Have you gone outside lately? Have you ever heard of cigarettes? There used to be a smoking section in many restaurants until recently, and people can smoke cigarettes almost anywhere publicly with very few restrictions, and how does that effect your family. If you're worried about marijuana polluting the air you breathe, you'd be better off on another planet because there are far worse things in the air that your family is being exposed you, I promise you that. I haven't even addressed the medical purposes of marijuana, but you can do your research. Just make sure you look at REAL stories from people who have actually benefited from its effects. Don't believe everything that the government says, especially those who say that "Only bad people smoke marijuana". What are we, 5 years old? "Only bad people say cuss words"... Give me a break. It's scary that someone who has such a big impact on our country made such an ignorant generalization. Again, wake up America. There are far worse substances that not only ruining peoples' lives, but killing them. If you are against marijuana legalization, but you find yourself going to the liquor store and/or buying a pack of cigarettes, you need to educate yourself.