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Legalize It

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Excuse me but I see no reason for marijuana  being illegal. Maybe I spent a little too much time in Austin but the fact that people are imprisoned for cannabis is patently ridiculous. I understand that everyone doesn’t partake in smoking weed but everyone doesn’t drink beer either. The most common refrain you here from people when the topic of legalization is broached is that it would be harmful to “the children” but it is easier to acquire than beer for teens. Another rebuttal is the hypothetical argument, “would you want your doctor to smoke a joint and then come work on you?”, but would you want you doctor to take a shot of vodka  and come operate on you? Let me share a commonality I’ve happened upon, when someone is resorting solely to hypothetical  situations to articulate and defend their position they are usually wrong. Besides I wouldn’t want marijuana  regulated as if it was something that could be used during a break anyway the ganja is clearly an intoxicant and should be treated like alcohol if legal. Someone will come forward and ask, “how will the cops know if you’ve smoked and driving? The answer is the same way they know now. Police are trained to be able to test for all intoxicants not just the legal ones. So those take care of the negatives and now here are the positives legalizing marijuana would, at the least, allow the federal, state, and local governments of our great nation to save a significant amount of money, $14,100,000,000 in 2009 alone was spent on trying to prevent people from using. Not only would we save a significant amount of money but we’d keep a lot of people out of prison who otherwise probably wouldn’t be there. That’s the main reason legalizing marijuana is a good idea because of the human cost inflicted by the enforcement of a failed and flawed policy. I don’t see how it is morally preferable to institutionalize people for an activity that harms no one but themselves, studies show marijuana is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol. There are thousands of people who’s lives have been irreparably damaged by getting caught using something that our last three Presidents have admitted to using. When you have these facts buttressed by the studies that show that minorities are prosecuted for marijuana possession disproportionately to their use, it becomes exceedingly clear that the morally just thing to do is legalize marijuana.

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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Government

 

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6 responses to “Legalize It

  1. MichaelYoungHistory

    November 15, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    I couldnt agree more. Loving these numbers!!

     
  2. justinfication

    November 16, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Folks don’t know how to deal with weed.

    They Ain't Ready!

    In order for Proposition 9’s to pass, “Non-weed smoking” America is going to have to understand and agree on how our average lifestyles will be changed to adjust to the new found legal priviledges. Non-weed smoking America needs a reason to distinguish this drug from the others, cause they see them as one in the same.

    Our intrastructure would have to change. Folks will need to understand how this will affect our laws and our lifestyles around it.

    Most Folks don’t even know what being ‘high’ means. Myself including. I have my sterotypical guesses though.

    America doesn’t mind you drinking too much though. Actually we’re quite use to it. We want you in a bar/party. Or a home. Not driving a car. Not in public areas. Not working.

    If you’re high, where will America permit you to be? At home –sure, but where else?

    You won’t be permitted to drive or work or “be high” in public. Where would America allow you to smoke weed/ be high in public? Will we have to develop distinguished weed bars/areas?

    What about….
    Allowing breaks at work to enjoy the newly legal drug?
    Where could marijuana is stored? Will you need a license to store it — like a gun?
    What presumptions can a cop make about you if you “smell like weed”?
    What would the weed smoking age be?

    I’m pretty sure someone has an answer for the above, but still…

    America ain’t ready to deal with those questions. Our government is already throwing out ads for people who smoke cigarettes and weed. And have so for a long time

    By the way, the anti-weed campaigns when this gets on the ballot are gunna get so messy!

    I do see your point @Spacely Sprockets. All the jail time/law enforcement for possesion and selling is quite a cost. Folks feel they have to draw the line somewhere though. Otherwise they feel that ‘the line’ will keep going.

    I hate to be an ass, but good luck with that battle, bro.

    I’m nuetral. Don’t really got a moral conviction on this one. Maybe you should study the case that eliminated Prohibition. Just stirring the pot [no pun intended].

     
    • MichaelYoungHistory

      November 16, 2010 at 3:18 PM

      I love these @justification posts! SO INTERACTIVE!!!

      @Spacely I think I’m with Justin. I dont see this happening anytime soon. I dont smoke, but I’ve been high a few times before. It wasnt like Half-Baked. More like Friday. But in all seriousness, I just want law enforcement to focus on something more important and dangerous, but to assume that they wont just find some other way to disproportionately target minorities is naive. They’ll just find some other way to beat us down and lock us up…

      Its also amazing to me how common marijuana use is among adults. A fair number of the people I go to school with smoke weed (and do other, harder drugs).

       
      • Spacely Sprockets

        November 16, 2010 at 3:36 PM

        I’m not saying that the legalization of marijuana will be the end of minorities being disproportionately targeted but lets at least take away one of the tools.

        http://www.alternet.org/drugs/141866/the_epidemic_of_pot_arrests_in_new_york_city/?page=entire

        Here you have law enforcement actively deceiving people into incriminating themselves and putting them into the system for a non offense. While it won’t solve all the problems between minority communities and the police its at least a step in the right direction.

         
  3. Spacely Sprockets

    November 16, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    The thing is that all the aforementioned problems are already problems our society are dealing with on a mass scale. At least 42% of Americans admitted to having tried Marijuana in 2008. The ignorance of non-smokers to just how prevalent marijuana use is is another barrier I believe. People around you at work, on the road, and at social events are using or at least have used marijuana and function unnoticed in society. The rules and regulations connected to its legalization can be drawn very heavily from the rules and regulations surrounding alcohol. We already have hookah bars, there are already “Weed Parties”, and the cops should think the same about someone who smells like a pound of kush as he does someone who reeks of vodka if it were legal. Stoners will store their weed wherever they store it now. The legal age should be 18 or 21 the same as either cigarettes and alcohol respectively. The distinguishing characteristic of marijuana is that it is a non-addictive and very very low risk drug. Studies have shown that it is less harmful to your body than tobacco and alcohol. As far as seeing stoners in public I assure you that as long as you are not at work or at home their is better than good chance that someone wherever you are has been smoking marijuana.

     

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