I’m for legalizing marijuana. Law enforcement costs to restrain personal use are not an effective use of taxpayer money and I would like to cut off funding for the horribly cruel drug gangs that profit from the marijuana trade.
But don’t think for an instant that makes unfettered recreational use of pot a good thing. It’s not and all the yay-ness about legalized dope should really be resignation to the fact that people will always get their highs and we should treat marijuana as a public health issue rather than law enforcement issue.
Be aware that if you smoke weed it will harm you. And overuse is not great for your family or community. Here are some of the adverse effects of marijuana.
- Marijuana smoke can be more harmful than cigarette smoke. (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071217110328.htm)
- Marijuana is extremely addictive for some people. (http://www.celebstoner.com/news/celebstoner-news/2013/11/19/dr.-drew-on-pot-its-extremely-addictive…-for-some-people/)
- Legalizing marijuana will make it even more available to children, and children’s brains are especially susceptible to the most harmful effects of marijuana. Yes, I know it’s already pretty available, but surely you must know that legalizing anything brings it out of the shadows and less subject to any regulation and therefore more widely used.. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246977/Amsterdam-pot-ban-Smoking-marijuana-illegal-schools.html)
- Marijuana adversely effects your brain. And really, if you doubt that, have you ever talked to imbibers of the chronic ? (http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2013/12/marijuana-users-have-abnormal-brain-structure–poor-memory.html)
Yes, some people really get medical benefits from marijuana. Treating MJ use as a public health concern doesn’t mean we treat medical marijuana users with opprobrium. In fact, treating MJ as a powerful drug and health issue assures medical marijuana users that their medicine will be treated with respect, and not suspected as some loophole to get a good high.
Yes, alcohol is legal, and people use it to get high or “take the edge off”. But you may have noticed, America has a health problem with alcohol, and alcohol use is treated as a public health issue and if you drink too much you can end up in jail and with a criminal record.
So, lets not hold any parades. Lets resign ourselves to the fact that it’s more pragmatic to regulate marijuana and treat it as a public health issue. And, with inevitable corporate mega-advertising campaign to sell legal weed, lets constantly remind users, sellers, and especially our children that it is a very unhealthy practice that will lead to adverse consequences to your body and your community.