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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

Much of politics doesn't fit into the traditional left-right one-dimensional political spectrum. Politics is multi-dimensional. Marijuana legalisation (and the legalisation/regulation of other drugs) ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

When asking this question about parties, and why they oppose legalization, there are two potential aspects to "why": reasons for the policy as an end in itself, and reasons for the policy as a means ...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

Economics is hard The number of factors that can impact supply and demand, and therefore pricing, is essentially incalculable and indeterminable. Certainly if anyone can determine and compute them ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

I hate to say this, but incarceration is profitable, and at least in America the political class is plainly for sale: The largest private prison corporations, Core Civic and GEO Group, collectively ...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

It is conventional wisdom that the criminalisation of the supply of recreational psychoactive drugs causes an increase in the cost to supply and therefore to the user... However other studies have ...
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How to know if increases in self-reported marijuana usage are real?

This is a good question, and you should look at the methodology of the specific survey you have in mind (which hopefully should be detailed in their report) to find out how they address that and ...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

In addition to what has already been stated, in some areas decriminalization has coincided with lower prices and higher quality. For example, I live in Arizona where recreational cannabis was ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

From the 2016 (US) Republican Platform, page 40: Combatting Drug Abuse The progress made over the last three decades against drug abuse is eroding, whether for cultural reasons or for lack ...
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What's the point of legalising dangerous drugs in some states in the US?

The premises of your question are wrong. Lets start with the title. "Legalising dangerous drugs". The danger of marijuana is debatable. Alcohol and Tobacco are equally if not more dangerous (...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

In terms of the Republican party, it's generally not something that's a major plank issue. Presently, many of the more moderate members are far more likely to support it, especially those of the ...
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Do US lobbyists pay $45 million annually to keep cannabis illegal?

This image is not hosted anywhere credible. This reverse image search will show that this image only appears on ministryofhemp and quora. Therefore, by default, there is no reason you should believe ...
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How are U.S. states allowed to put marijuana legalization on ballots when it's against federal law?

States can pass whatever laws they wish (see Republican states with abortion bans), they're just subordinate to Federal law. In this case, it's a detente achieved through executive discretion. The ...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

The whole story is quite complex, but I can point out a couple of factors. If you read Freakonomics, in chapter 3 it will explain that against usual expectations often drug dealers earn very little ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

Somewhat oversimplified explanation: In many circles (especially right-wing ones) there was limited access to information concerning differences in harm level between different psychoactive substances....
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What countries in the world have legalized both abortion and cannabis?

I looked at Wikipedia's very nice maps about this: Here is a map about the legality of marijuana. Blue means that it is fully legalized. I am only counting these, based on the specific wording in the ...
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What countries in the world have legalized both abortion and cannabis?

Abortion in Canada is legal at all stages of pregnancy, even though provision of services varies from province to province. Abortion is the premature ending of a pregnancy. Inducing an abortion ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

The core policy of right wing parties is to promote the interests of the wealthy - that's what defines them as right wing. However, in most societies, a majority of the population are not wealthy (...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

In the case of legal marijuana a big problem is it's illegal for banks to work with you. This was from back when the Bush administration wasn't happy about California legalizing medical weed (in 1996)....
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Is there any other country aside Thailand that criminalized cannabis after legalizing it?

Questions that ask if some hypothetical thing exists are problematic. I suspect the answer is "no" but how to prove this? The US state of Virginia recriminalized cannabis, and the city of ...
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Why does decriminalisation/legalisation not reduce the cost of drugs?

Decriminalisation does reduce the cost of drugs, if we factor in the substantial added consumer costs of accessing a black market: Adulteration. A black market buyer might pay for n units of a ...
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How are U.S. states allowed to put marijuana legalization on ballots when it's against federal law?

There are many classes of activities that can prompt prosecution under both state and federal law. For instance, there is a federal law against assaulting USPS employees, but assault in general is ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

The premise is false. In the United States, at least, marijuana prohibition was a mainstream position favored by both major political parties for decades. The party most noted in American politics ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

At least in the United States Republican party, I think it would be more fair to say that there is a diversity of opinion. At National Review, for example, which is widely considered a flagship of the ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

Social conservatism focuses on preventing social behaviours that cause harm. Divorce, for example is taken to harm children. Drug use harms the individual as well as those who are socially close to ...
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What's the point of legalising dangerous drugs in some states in the US?

First, marijuana hardly classifies as 'dangerous'. Alcohol and tobacco are far more dangerous — to oneself and to others, according to every clinical study — and both those drugs are legally available ...
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Is there any other country aside Thailand that criminalized cannabis after legalizing it?

Egypt: in 1266 Babar embarked on a total ban of both cultivation and consumption. ... Babar's successor, al-Mansur Galawan [r. 1279–90], reversed this repressive policy against drugs and tried a ...
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