For Weed Legalization, Against Using It
In the last couple of articles, we’ve pointed out that major happenings are going on in the U.S. right now concerning marijuana. It is possible that these changes can subtly influence desires to quit using it. Weed’s finally starting to get the respect it has long been denied, and that makes it a little awkward to start thinking about quitting. Cannabis is a hero right now. Medical and environmental problems can be helped or even solved through the use of cannabis and hemp products. Studies comparing marijuana to alcohol and tobacco tout weed as the least addictive and least harmful of the three. Decriminalization is happening in the justice system. Recreational use is being legalized. Cannabis, lots of people are saying, will save the economy, the environment, and the people. Everyone, it seems, is now or will soon be worshiping at the altar of Santa Marta.
Weed Grower Mike Boutin stars in “Weed Growers.” You know you’ve arrived when you have your own reality show on the Discovery Channel.
Pot’s popularity has hit an all time high, and maybe it’s hard getting past the hype. Weed may not be the right thing for you anymore even though it seems to be for everyone and everything else. Well, everyone and everything else is an exaggeration. Marijuana has its detractors, and they are as boisterous as marijuana supporters are. This is exactly the problem. Quitting may make feel like one is siding with the lame-o crackpots out there, the anti-weed weirdos, the conservative nutters. Not so.
Supporting Weed Legalization Without Partaking
It isn’t hard to be pro-medical marijuana, pro-hemp, pro-decriminalization, and pro-legalization and a non-user. That’s exactly where I’m at with the sitch. Of course marijuana should be legalized for recreational use and then regulated and taxed by the government. Of course we should be growing heaps o’ hemp. Of course we should have scientific and medical investigations up the ying yang to suck all the possible medicinal value we can out of weed. And of course all of these things should’ve happened eons ago. And, last but most importantly, of course I shouldn’t be getting high.
The media likes to polarize everything (hello Fox News) to get ratings. Don’t believe the hype; one doesn’t need to be either anti- or pro-weed. Granted, it’s tough not to get pulled into the political vortex of cannabis when the two camps are so opposed, each with their own supporting studies and credible spokespeople. This fact alone means we should be skeptical about siding completely with either team.
There’s Exaggeration on Both Sides of the Marijuana Debate
Getting some distance on the marijuana battle royale is a good idea for a lot of reasons. One, the findings of medical studies don’t necessarily equal absolute truth. Big biz will try to skew medical studies given the chance, and they’re already up in it with legalization around the corner. But big biz isn’t the only one who doesn’t always have our best interests at heart. The government isn’t exactly on our side 100% of the time either. It’s always on someone’s or something’s side all of the time, that’s for sure, but it may or may not be your side.
The perfect example of how shady our government can be, we only have to look to its position on weed. It has applied its strictest classification, Schedule I, to marijuana. It’s in there with heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Meanwhile, methamphetamine and cocaine are in the less dangerous, Schedule II category. (The FDA and the DEA are jointly responsible for classifying drugs.) Despite the government’s best efforts at panic-mongering, eighteen states have passed voter-sponsored initiatives allowing the sale and possession of marijuana for medical purposes with more states planning to follow. Thus, so far we have eighteen state governments disobeying federal laws.
Does this incongruity between state and federal laws seem odd? Does the DEA, by shutting down medical marijuana dispensaries, want to shield the public from harm? Nope. Not at all. It has to do with two things: First, the DEA would be out a lot of dough if it didn’t have weed on its to-do list. And second, states—or at least the state of Colorado—have figured out a way to tax dispensaries. The states want the tax dollars and the feds want something to do. Both sides are motivated by money, so try to ignore the hype when trying to make a decision about whether or not you should quit using weed.
Marijuana in America