farsighted has not created any debates.
The first thing we need to come to an agreement on; is marijuana so harmful that it should be illegal? The "so harmful" part is where the debate begins, is it more harmful than alcohol? In moderation science tells us no. Is it more harmful than cigarettes? The science tells us they are more or less equal. More harmful than heroine or cocaine? Not even close. If we agree on the science of the harmful effects of marijuana then why is it even illegal at all?
Great article about students "hiding from scary ideas" - one student was quoted as saying, “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/opinion/sunday/judith-shulevitz-hiding-from-scary-ideas.html?_r=0
Everyone just needs to get over themselves and learn to move on. Attempting to engineer a society that is free from anything offensive will end up creating a generation of sniveling whimps with a dangerous detachment from the real world.
Any crazy outcome is possible in a democracy, even more so in a corrupted democracy. Our democracy does have several safeguards in place should a complete nutjob become elected such as the electoral college, impeachment, etc... The larger problem is all of the possible candidates in this election are nutjobs, Trump just happens to the be the biggest.