Legalizing Marijuana


By Jueseppi B.

This is an opinion piece. Before you ask me to produce facts to back up my opinion, I’ll tell you this, go Google, or research, or investigate for yourself, whatever facts you desire to defend marijuana, or to dispute the use and legalization of marijuana. There are enough facts to support both sides of this issue, so many facts that a 2000 foot tall grain silo could be filed with all the facts available. This article is not about facts, it is my opinion based on close to 40 years of experience with marijuana. I have cleaned it, rolled it, bought it for friends, watched friends smoke it, get addicted to it, become stupid from everyday use of it, and watched people buy it before buying diapers for babies. Not to mention spending time behind bars for having it in their possession.

I have never smoked this drug, nor have I ingested any drug outside of insulin, or diabetes based medications. And I am none too happy about those prescribed medications being in my system. I am as anti drug as can be, based on the tons of statistical data that show the damage drug use does to our bodies and our society. Yes, I hear you telling me marijuana is a natural herb, and that it has medicinal uses. The medicinal uses are legitimate reasons to sell medicinal marijuana, that has been proven. Marijuana helps certain patients with healing and pain management, that is a fact. The argument that it is a natural herb, growing free in the wild….well so is the coca plant, coca leaves have been chewed raw straight from the coca plant by natives of South America for centuries.  That defense for legalizing marijuana does not fly.

Cannabis, also known as marijuana (from the Mexican Spanish marihuana) and by other names, refers to preparations of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. Chemically, the major psychoactive compound in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC); it is one of 400 compounds in the plant, including other cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), which can produce sensory effects unlike the psychoactive effects of THC. Marijuana is the herbal form of cannabis, and comprises the flowers, the subtending leaves, and the stalks of maturepistillate female plants; hashish is the resinous, concentrated form of marijuana.

Contemporary uses of marihuana and cannabis are as recreational drug, as religious rite, as spiritual rite, and as medicine; the earliest recorded uses date from the 3rd millennium BC. In 2004, the United Nations estimated that global consumption of cannabis indicated that approximately 4.0 percent of the adult world population (162 million people) used cannabis annually, and that approximately 0.6 percent (22.5 million) of people used cannabis daily. In the early 20th century, the possessionrecreational use, and sale of cannabis preparations containing psychoactive cannabinoids was made illegal in most countries of the world; nonetheless, the UN indicated that cannabis is the most used illicit drug in the world.

I have witnessed the effects and impact of marijuana first hand on friends, and some family members. It is also documented the effects marijuana has on the body, especially the brain. That is not something I need to repeat here. But there is a push to legalize marijuana to remove the criminal element associated with illegal drug sale, manufacture and distribution. My opinion on this is what, are you serious? Really? Here’s what the outcome will be if the U.S.government gets it’s nasty hands on legal marijuana: The government pencil pushers will sit down, and devise a plan to cut quality, increase sales, and step all over the potency of legal marijuana. That is how big business operates, increase profits while decreasing the money spent to produce and distribute the product. Potency of legalized marijuana WILL decrease. I have had some argue that medical marijuana is very potent, that may be the case for medical marijuana, but you know and I know some government official will come to the conclusion that legalized marijuana does not need to be as potent as medical marijuana is now.

Once legalized marijuana starts to lose it’s power and kick, as it will over a very short period of time once Uncle Sam is the pusher, real weed smokers will dump the weak shit and return to the street pusher, whether it is a penthouse supplier or a street corner dealer. That’s a fact. Money from the sales of legalized marijuana will fix what economical problems exactly? That is another strong defense for legalizing this drug, profits for the government, so what do you think will happen to all this boatload of cash that will magically cure our deficit issues when we make weed legal? I’m guessing the exact same thing that happened to all that flow of cash from state lotteries. The state run lottery system did one thing for sure, it created a whole slew of new gamblers who are able to gamble at the local grocery store, or corner gas station. And who can’t afford to be gamblers. It did NOT fix America’s school system, which was spread around as the main reason for a legal lottery.

The fact is legalizing marijuana does not fix the drug problem in America, but it will increase usage and addiction to this “natural” drug. As for the argument that our prisons are full of marijuana offenders and that this is a problem since marijuana is not that big of a deal like cocaine or heroin…we need to fix the judicial system. Make possession, sale and transport of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, offenses that require no jail or prison sentences. Remove from prisons all offenders there for minor marijuana violations. Correct the judicial system before you add more prisoners by legalizing marijuana, because we both know there will be more smokers of this “legal marijuana” than there are now users of the illegal marijuana. Many Americans are frightened by drug testing, for whatever reason they get drug tested, whether tested for work, probation whatever reason. Remove drug testing, when marijuana is legalized, and a whole new section will be trying and using for the very first time, and how many lives will that experience altar for the worse?

Then again…Ron Racist Paul wants marijuana legalized. And we know why he wants marijuana legalized. That platform stand is great for attracting the attention of kids on college campuses all across America who smoke illegally right now.

And anything Ron white supremacist Paul is for…has an ulterior motive behind it, and I am against anything Ron Paul is for. Including the legalization of marijuana.

That is MY opinion, and of course I am sticking to it.

“Disagree Intelligently, Use Facts & Truth.”

13 Responses

  1. Most of that is propaganda an opinions, opinions are like rectums every body has one an most all of them stink!! If your problem is with something natural then your problem is with the creator.

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    • My problem is with drugs, and if you think for one moment you can place weed on “the creator”, you’re a bigger pot smokin fuckwad than I originally thought you were.

      God created many things, including the coca plant, which has been chewed by Peruvians for hundreds of years. THC is a mind altering drug, natural or not, it is a drug dumbass.

      ALL fuckin drugs should be illegal but should be regulated for medicinal use only. Now what dumbfuck?

      If you can’t come with a more sensible “opinion” than the one you did come with, please don’t return to this blog.

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  2. Top 5 reasons for Marijuana to be legalized are as follows:

    1. It has beneficial healing properties for many mental and physical illness.
    2. Save lots of money reducing prison, police and court costs.
    3. Take a large amount of money out of the black markets and put it into the economy.
    4. Tax and license it so people can grow, buy, sell etc.
    5. It will create new industries and jobs.

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  3. so your opinion is all drugs and medications are bad, even the ones you dont like having to take and most white people dont experience racism?

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    • Brandy,
      You are very welcome to your opinion on drugs and racism…that is your right. My right is to have my opinion. Thats what makes America great. On my wall, please do not post things that I am against, such as legalizing marijuana. That is all I ask. My opinions are my opinions, and they will not change. I do hope that is crystal.

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  4. OK, how about this? take a look at Portugal…they HAVE legalized it and yet all of the ideas that you’ve posted have NOT happened, i.e. there has been no increase in its use by the Portuguese citizens…however, the numbers of folks who’ve gotten treatment for drug abuse – INCLUDING the worst drug of all…ALCOHOL – has increased due to the use of the taxes from drug sales…Sorry sweetie, but your opinion reads a bit a like…well…a dea pamphlet…
    i’m guessing that we will agree to disagree on this one….

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    • Ms. Bonnie,
      People in America always point out what works in other countries, I have been to Portugal, and I know the Portuguese people first hand, thanks to our Uncle Sam. Americans are not the Portuguese people. I speak like a DEA pamphlet because I have an opinion different from yours, which is another American trait, to make it personal when faced with a different opinion. Why don’t you continue to think as you do, and allow me that same right? I speak using 40 years of working with pot head, pill poppers and other with an addiction to drugs, both legal and illegal, so your opinions and thoughts about Portugal are garbage to my mind, and yes, we agree to disagree, because I am right.

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      • JB: interesting that you accuse me of an “american trait” of making “it personal”…while at the same time you did not address what i said other than my opinions are “garbage” and that you are “right” no matter what the evidence (that is easily available). you’ll notice that i said nothing about america and Portugal being the same country with the same traits….i DID say that all the naysaying that you are predicting with the advent of decriminization did not happen in another country (as naysayers such as yourself promised would happen)…and you’re “knowing” Portuguese people has little or nothing to do with my suggestion that you take a look at the results of their govt’s decision to decriminalize…you see…no personal attacks, just addressing what you SAID…not who you are or any insults (about your opinion on this matter).

        and btw, you are not the only one who’s worked AND lived with addicts of all stripes – including drunks (who are frankly the worst addicts imho).

        Yes, it is best that we disagree on this one, but it has nothing to do with you being correct. It has to do with my respecting your OPINION on this matter.

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      • Bonnie,
        It is interesting that not many read the article, and comprehend the parts where I say this is MY experience with marijuana and the people I have dealt with, observed, and know personally, who have used, been around, and got addicted to marijuana. It is not about YOUR experiences with marijuana, or any facts that defend YOUR opinion about marijuana, maybe if people would read what I wrote, and comprehend what I wrote, instead of defending what they believe, this article would be more understood as what it is….an opinion piece based on MY experience. Instead people love to throw facts around, when their are a ton of facts that support BOTH sides of this argument.

        Your experiences are NOT MY experiences with this drug, and yes, I labeled what you wrote garbage simply because you didn’t comprehend what I wrote, facts on this issue go both ways, I choose to believe the facts that support MY experiences Bonnie.

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      • one last comment JB, and then i’ll let it go (i couldn’t directly reply to your later comment on 12/24 – no reply link is provided):
        yes, i did read your editorial and comprehended it just fine. what i’m trying to point out is that your experiences are not the sum total of experience nor facts on this matter…neither are my experiences. on a topic like this, it is always best to look at it from a factual and other folks’ perspectives.
        let me make an analogy here: many white folks do not believe that racism exists simply because they themselves have neither seen nor experienced it. this will lead many to conclude (wrongly) that Black and Brown folks get either extra benefits (that “reverse discrimination” stuff that’s going around on the reich side) or the playing field is completely level. what we Black and Brown folks are trying to do is to get these White folks to understand that even though they will most likely never experience institutionalized and personal racism – it exists (and needs to change). in other words, there is another perspective that brings the issue into a 3 dimensional “view” – and combined with actual facts, it should at least get a few of those White folks to reconsider their initial belief (based on experience)…this is the underlying point i’m trying to make.
        yes, i get it…your experience tells you “x” – my experience tells me “y” – but you see that is still not the full alphabet, so to speak…alright, i’m out.
        Hope you have a Wonderful and Blessed Holiday Season. And Enjoy your New Year!

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      • Bonnie, you may have read the article but you did not comprehend, because I stated in the beginning this was an opinion piece based on MY experiences. Your arguing and your facts disregard what I said…now we’re done with this back and forth.

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  5. It’s hard to know where to start but at 62 years of age I have smoked since I was 19. I too have done extensive research but my research doesn’t support anything you have said.

    You have stated this is an opinion piece and there for you can’t be held accountable for it being a bad one but never the less your opinion is wrong and I suggest you take your own advice and google what is right not just what fits your opinion.

    You’re wrong.

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    • Mr. Acebass,
      No person’s opinion is wrong, it may differ from your opinion but to say that person’s opinion is wrong because you disagree is stupid, too stupid a response for a man of 62 to make. Wrong because I don’t share your view of marijuana? Wrong because my experiences concerning the drug are not the same as yours? Not wrong at all Mr. Acebass, but vastly different than your opinions.

      That comment you posted is a perfect example of one’s mind being fucked up by smoking weed. I think I stated several times throughout the article, that the contents of the article were MY OPINION. NOW, how can an opinion based on life experiences be wrong? Maybe for you my opinions are wrong but not for me, and since I wrote this article based on my experiences with marijuana….well, need I say more? Reading comprehension is fundamental Mr. Acebass.
      Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah AND Happy Kwanzaa!!

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