America, Let Marijuana Smokers Be

By Benjamin Engle

The voice of God has spoken once again, and it may come as a surprise to you that he does not agree with our laws regarding marijuana regulations. In fact this is what he has to say about marijuana.

“Marijuana! Heavens, oh yeah. It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history. You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid. “

Okay, so it’s not literally God saying this but rather someone who has played God. Morgan Freeman made this statement in an interview with Newsweek Magazine. Maybe Freeman has a point here. If it was God speaking, wouldn’t he be defending his creation as well?

In this point and time in history, our country America is tasting a glimpse of what it may be like to no longer be the greatest nation in the world. As 2012 draws closer, we see more and more budget cuts throughout government, unemployment rates are still high and our country’s debt is still in the trillions with little to no hope of diminishing. Yet we still continue to spend upwards of 78 million a year arresting, prosecuting and jailing people for marijuana possession. You can’t tell me this is the wisest, most profitable and beneficial way to spend tax payers’ dollars. Why can’t we take this money and use it to better our country, our schools or use it to help others in some way instead of using it to punish our people for using an herb that grows in the ground naturally?

Maybe Morgan has a point. Maybe we should take Batman’s personal adviser and technology guru’s advice on this one. Maybe, just maybe, trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is actually insanity. Marijuana has been illegal in the United States since 1937, and every year, more and more arrests are being made. This “drug war” has been going on for nearly a century with no signs of winning in the near future. It has to come a point and when you realize that the amount of money you are pouring into a program that does not effectively solve a problem or serve its purpose is money that you are just throwing away. An effective program stops a problem or shows some form of progress. Maybe this law is out of date. People all over our country are beginning to find medical benefits from marijuana. The majority of these people are not drug dealers, cartel lords or thugs. The majority of these people are hardworking, family-making, honest, community-building citizens just like you and me. They just choose to smoke a little weed instead of drink or get high off pharmaceuticals with God knows what’s in them. Instead, these people choose to take a natural alternative to their ailments, and who are we to hunt them down and convict them?

In conclusion, I offer you a challenge. I simply ask you to think. As a United States citizen, do you think that it is right to spend $78 million a year to track down and arrest those who smoke a naturally growing plant? I’m not asking for legalization. But as a society, I believe that we should reconsider the effectiveness of a law originating in 1937 that is today effecting hundreds of thousands of people in a negative way. That’s right; it’s the law that is negative, not the plant. What’s more harmful: a man smoking weed or government taking a man off the streets, away from work and his family throwing him in jail, charging him fines and then making him pay for rehabilitation? The beautiful thing is this is America, and you get to decide for yourselves if you choose to.

15 Responses to "America, Let Marijuana Smokers Be"

  1. Mike P.   July 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Tobacco and Alcohol kill lots of people every year…but they are legal.
    By having this whimsical & contrived proscription on a plant that kills 0 people per year
    we train people to disregard the rule of law.

    Marijuana is not a gateway drug…but having to buy from “dealers” is a gateway situation.
    Ideally you and your kids should all be able to buy your recreational and medical marijuana from a dispensary that has no need or legal ability to try to “up-sell”.

    In the end…everyone who wants to use marijuana does so. The numbers dont lie. The laws dont stop anyone from smoking if they want to do it. The police only care about marijuana use when the user is an otherwise bad person they want to take off the streets.
    The courts dont want to waste time and money prosecuting some working stiff for smoking a joint after work. Putting some kid in jail for smoking does nothing to help society…and actually damages society by damaging the ability of that kid to get a good job in the future.

    Our laws need to be consistent and realistic and be demonstrably logical. They cannot be based upon “because I said so”.

    I think it obvious that the organizations and corporations that make part of their money on the prosecution and imprisonment of marijuana users will always lobby to keep marijuana illegal.

    For instance…A private prison corporation that would see a reduction in the number of prisoners if marijuana became legal….would have a responsibility to its shareholders to fight to keep marijuana illegal.
    They want prisoners.
    Prisoners = profit.


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