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 mature, pistillate 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 possession, recreational 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.
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