“As Americans, we have the right to do as we please within the privacy of our own homes, so long as we do not infringe upon the rights of others. What is more harmless than growing a houseplant? Currently, we can drink alcohol until we cannot stand up anymore, we can smoke cigarettes until we cannot breathe anymore, and we can eat until our heart will not beat anymore. In a free society, we should be able to ingest a plant that will not kill you, even at extremely high doses, especially if that plant has a laundry list of health benefits.
In the United States, more than 40% of the population has admitted marijuana use, but in the Netherlands where their drug-policy is much more relaxed, only 22.6 percent of the population has used the drug (Langer). Those who wish to maintain or even strengthen our federal policy on the issue would likely consider that fact a coincidence. However, the most liberal country in terms of drug policy is Portugal, which has the lowest rate of marijuana usage in the entire European Union (Langer). Perhaps those who dismiss the legalization movement should stop considering those who disagree ‘loser hippies’, who merely wish to smoke pot all day. We may be on to something.
“The paper, published by Cato in April, found that in the five years after personal possession was decriminalized, illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined, and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled” (Szalavitz).
It is more than a coincidence. When you demonize something and tell people they are not allowed to use it, you are creating curiosity and they will defy you. When you stop punishing people for a problem that they have, they will not be afraid to ask for help when they need it. When you stop treating people like children, they will begin acting like adults. Legalize marijuana so we can all grow up and start dealing with the real problems that are facing our country.”
-Me3 years ago • 30 notes