With marijuana, is this something we really want to promote? Do we really want a nation of potheads?
Yeah, some may not go out and kill somebody. It´s more a scenario that it´s the only thing they will think about, and they will just want to smoke pot, do nothing else. They will say they aren´t hurting anyone by using, but if it´s so tame, why do we also have these self help groups forming to help users, and their families?
Here´s an example of one: marijuana-anonymous.org/
It´s not only the user who has problems but the family.
It hurts society in untold ways.
I know that employers now don´t want their workers high on marijuana.
Now, if we were to think this completely through to the end, we would see we really don´t want marijuana widespread.
Okay…other scenarios people may not have thought of. What if you have a family, and the mother and/or father are users. They have children…even babies. If marijuana is legalized, how can you then later turn around and try to protect the children from its exposure.
You could then have he parents, very openly, smoking marijuana, holding a baby, blowing marijuana smoke into its face. What recourse would that baby, or the other children in that house, have? None, right?
What if the children don´t want to go to school high?
We know that marijuana has a bunch of health problems. With alcohol, it isn´t as direct, in a sense. I could drink, even get drunk, and at least that may not affect someone in my immediate vicinity, unless I do something else crazy.
With marijuana, by its nature, automatically, you affect anybody within a certain radius.
When people even smoke cigarettes, it causes anyone around to smell like cigarettes, and the effects of second-hand smoke have been well documented insofar as the adverse health effects.
It has adverse respiratory effects, and even adversely affects, I think fertility, and I forget what all else.
So, again…do you really want these children, and neighbors, going to school, and work, high?
The line had to be drawn, somewhere. Marijuana is a good place to draw it, in my opinion. It is different from alcohol, in that it isn´t…or at least wasn´t…part of our culture. If it´s legalized, then it WILL be a part of our mainstream culture.
Sometimes, people don´t use, because it´s illegal. I know of one person, who while visiting Denver, who would not have otherwise used, tried it, just because it was legal, now.
We know that most people do not go directly from using nothing…to cocaine and the rest. They usually undergo a progression. They generally begin with alcohol and cigarettes, then move to things like marijuana…and then go up from there.
If you weaken this, start saying marijuana is now fine, not really so bad, get ready for the next wave…and expect there will not only be marijuana, but an entire slew of other drugs on the list to decriminalize, and later, legalize, and on and on.
Do we really want to encourage drug usage?
Some have said if we decriminalize, or legalize, we will do away with the mafia. In Mexico, they have legalized prostitution. They (mistakenly) thought if it were only decriminalized, legalized, all would be well.
So, they did that in certain zones. I have NEVER, in all my life, seen such open prostitution as right here! I´ve seen it openly and NOT in the designated areas. In fact, I happened to be here once as a tourist, was almost raped, and I was NOT in one area, but the decriminalization and legalization made an environment of acceptance where it was now considered “okay”.
They also tried to legalize graffiti in certain areas, (mistakenly) thinking it´d cut down on it, that people would just graffitize just those areas. No…they graffitized those areas AND all the rest. In the case of both legalized prostititon AND graffiti, legalizing it made it 1,000 X worse, NOT better.
Once you legalize marijuana, in this experiment, also, how can you ever go back and say, “Oops… THAT was a mistake!” You can´t, because now there´s a precedent established.
When marijuana was legalized, didn´t they celebrate with one of the world´s largest pot parties complete with the police handing out Doritos?
A lot of people will say these people aren´t hurting anyone, but I don´t believe that to be the case.
If it is legal, then they will be able to also promote this. When it´s illegal, they can´t…at least not as easily or openly.
My sister once told me if they would just legalize drugs, marijuana specifically, it would in one fell swoop also do away with the mafia. I told her about Mexico, that they DID legalize prostitution here, and the mafia is thriving, bigger than ever, but she still won´t believe me, I don´t think.
We have already opened this Pandora´s box, and only time will tell what the long range consequences will be. We don´t even know what those are going to be, because nobody has bothered to think that far ahead.
If you don´t want children getting high or neighbors, we would pretty much have to have something strong in place to stop this, so I guess it would need to be jail time, since it´s a difficult addiction to stop. So yes, I guess, as difficult as it is, that might be the only way for people to get the message, in some cases, the severity of this, that it is affecting themselves, children, neighbors, and society, as a whole in a very adverse way.