This is in support of “If God Didn’t Want it Here, it Would Be Gone like the Dinosaurs” by Roxanne Contrell. I have smoke pot as well. But to be honest only 5 or 6 times and that is the truth, I just never cared for it very much. But I do think it should be legal.
Marijuana has been used since at least 7,000 BC for medical reasons. It’s very good for many medial problems. It’s been used to treat cancer, and even insanity, burns and many other medical problems. Only when other drugs slightly better and more readily available and easier to figure the does, did marijuana fall out of favor in Western Medicine.
A large reason it was made illegal was that it is so good for making rope, that companies that used other means of making rope, started the rumors of how evil pot is. In fact is has so many uses, that in 1619 Jamestown Colony made it illegal NOT to grow it. Hemp was a “Must Grow” crop. The government wanted it grown for the multiple uses it had, including for essential war requirements. The united states census of 1850 counted 8,327 Hemp Plantations (minimum 2,000 acres) growing hemp for canvas, rope, cloth and the binding on cotton bails. You can see more on the history of marijuana and a timeline at http://blogs.salon.com/0002762/stories/2003/12/22/whyIsMarijuanaIllegal.html
One reason I think pot should be legal is for medical treatments. It can be a cheap alternative to pain medicine. Plus people tend to think it’s more powerful than it really is, and if they are convinced it will help them, it will. The mind will make it seem better because they are sure that it is.
I think people wrongly lump pot in with cocaine, heroin, and other “Hard” drugs. I don’t think somebody who smokes pot will jump to the stronger drugs, just because they smoke pot. Somebody who would try the stronger drugs would probably do it anyway. I probably know 6 or 7 people that would be or were considered “Pot Heads” as far as I know only one got onto the stronger drugs. He was doomed from the start however, was abused and ignored as a child, and was always into trouble with the police, most recently being shot by them before his last trip to prison.
I also think it should be made legal, regulated and taxed. We would get tax revenue, and there would be less chance of somebody getting some weed laced with the harder drugs, as has been known to happen.
Also if it’s legal it will be smoked a lot less by teenagers. A big part of why teens smoke it, is to be cool by doing something illegal. Make it legal and the allure to young people will decrease. The peer pressure to do something rebellious is strong. Reduce the temptation by making it legal and mundane. Sure some will still smoke it, like they drink underage, but I feel the numbers of teens smoking pot would drop.
And speaking of drinking, it’s much worse for your body than pot. Not to mention that I would much rather encounter a stoned driver than a drunk driver on the road. Also a person stoned is much less likely to be violent and abusive or just annoying than a drunk.
The biggest reason it is not legal everywhere is that government and a lot of people, just want to dictate to others what they can or can’t do in the privacy in their own home. People condemn something they don’t understand or want to understand. It gives them a power trip to deny other people things that they want to do.
I am NOT for making the other drugs legal. As a matter of fact I am for making stiffer laws against them. I think the user should be targeted as much as the dealer. We also need more anti drug education in schools.
If and when pot is made legal, I won’t be partaking of it myself. I simply get no satisfaction from it. But I feel there are much worse things somebody could be doing. And if it’s made legal and taxed, I think the money should go to fight the worse drugs, by paying for more police officers and for anti drug education. Thanks for reading our articles.