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A Case Against Marijuana Legalization

I consider myself an old-fashioned person who only wants the greatest level of liberty for the greatest number of American citizens. There are things I would legalize if only to remove criminal stigmatization and stop the criminal element from profiting from those marginally questionable things, but there are also some legalizations that should not be performed in order to protect young, impressionable people from a mistake that could destroy their lives.

But when it comes to the legalization of marijuana I draw the line. And I only have one real objection to this legalization: legalizing this drug will only lead to a greater use of it by young people who too often use it to avoid the boredom and pointlessness of their daily lives. Young people should be encouraged to be mentally bright and awake, and using marijuana will do the exact opposite of that. If you’ve ever seen a college-aged person on marijuana listlessly drifting, both mentally and physically, you’ll know what I mean. The drug is too tempting and too easily attained as it is, and we should not lower the barriers that keep people of all ages from using it. One recalls the old saying that the mind is a terrible thing to waste, and that summarizes my opposition to any recreational drug.

A society that apparently urges its young people to use marijuana is risking that they live lives of ever-escalating drug use, constantly seeking a more powerful drug to satisfy them, and this would be a life of never-ending drug use. There have been many Libertarians on the subject of drugs who see evidence of the relationship between recreational drugs and schizophrenia and object to legalization on that relationship. And one could also add the relevant point that many current Democrat candidates for president are admitted users of recreational drugs, and maybe their drug use is why these misguided people are all for promising government goodies to everyone in exchange for their vote. They don’t seem to understand that we have a constitution and that they will swear to abide by and protect that constitution if they’re elected in 2020, but their drug-rattled brains don’t work properly now, and will work even less well in 2020 when, and if, they are elected to the Oval Office and lead the nation into the dark future of drug use.

How can society sit by and watch our young people use drugs as a tension-relieving tool? The young must learn how to cope with stress and tension and not seek escape from life in a drug.

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Dave King

Retired AT&T supervisor.

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  1. Unlike most drugs it only brings out what kind of person is already there….if he is lazy…he most likely started off lazy!

  2. Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Nationwide!

    Fear of Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever. So please prohibitionists, we beg you to give your scare tactics, “Conspiracy Theories” and “Doomsday Scenarios” over the inevitable Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

    Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of marijuana legalization, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it’s obviously defective.

    The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol.

    If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about “saving us all” from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!

    Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED?

    Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and/or practice a little live and let live. They’ll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.

  3. The advocates of Marijuana ignore the facts the professional Psychiatry world takes for granted. THC causes Psychosis. These include social anxiety disorder, paranoia and schizophrenia. Even a casual use causes damage to the ability to think clearly. I know because as a teen I tried it on a casual basis; I used it as the opportunity arose but by no mean on a regular basis. Mind you, cannabis in those days contain about 2% THC. Today’s high quality stuff has as much as 25%! Yet, I found an increasing inability to think clearly about reality – especially to follow simple instruction or to understand words written on a page! Critical thinking became fantasy thinking – even “creative” as it were. But reconciling facts in the real world was difficult!

    It took me decades to recover and tho I do a lot to exercise of my brain, likely l never will fully regain what I could have been.

    I was talking with a deputy sheriff once who explained to me that marijuana use is not a victimless crime. Many frequent users become burdens of society when they are no longer able or actually become a danger to society. Then the State – the Taxpayer – must “care” for them. Where advocates try to promote the drug as benign or calming the truth is the drug does not consistently mellow you out. And it has been proven to be physically addictive with serious withdrawl symtoms. Not using the drug after long term exposure can also cause high anxiety. The drug of “love and Peace” has often become the instance of violence and murder. The psychiatric wards and institutions of the criminally insane are chock full of cannabis user.

    In the State of Colorado the promise of easy tax revenue has been nullified with ever increasing crime homelessness and the expansion into other drugs that are still illegal. Denver has surpassed Seattle in the amount of homelessness and Washington is another Legalized State! We could also throw in the marked increase of traffic deaths due to driving while under the influence. These are statistics anyone can look up.

    Medical use of Marijuana in a false flag! It isn’t any more potent than Ibuprofens.

    My brother went to High school the local Sheriff who told him recently that he regularly shuts down so called Medical Marijuana shops because they break the law. In his words they are not interested in medical usage – it’s just another place to get your high.

    BTW it is illegal to expose a child to marijuana under the age of 13 and Child Services can and do take children from homes that expose the child. It is also illegal to grow the plants openly out doors yet upon visiting recently I observed plans being grown in back yards. Frankly the courts are overwhelmed with these types of issues. Again not a victimless “activity”.

    There are rumors that Colorado may reconsider their experiment soon. Frankly the average American knows very little about this drug – which for 150 years prior to the counter culture of the 1960s was considered dangerous as a caused serious mental issues! The Marijuana Lobby does its best to suppress the truth about cannabis and even American Law Enforcement has been slow to keep statistics on how much THC plays in the roles of crimes.

    This is an epidemic already upon us and until we wake up is only going to get worse. We listen to the likes of those who made the comments below and we want to rationalize like they do. But these people if they are users cannot be TRUSTED to recognize reality! With the reasoning of toddlers, advocates of Cannabis see what they want and then throw a fit to GET! Nor do I believe the massive advent of Cannabis in the 1960s that made it “Mainstream” was an accident. The advocates of socialism and opposition to good wholesome Americanism saw and see it as one more effective tool to demoralize our core values of a Christian family oriented society.

    If anyone is interested in this subject I can suggest you read Alex Berenson’s “Tell your Children; The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence”.

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