Monday, March 3, 2008

Let's Talk Marijuana




The purpose of this blog is to shed some much needed light onto a topic that is the subject of much debate. Should marijuana be generally legal here in the United States? An array of well thought out, and articulate arguments have been made in favor of both sides of the question. However, it is the opinion of this blogger that the U.S. government, namely agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), are preying on the fears of the American people through propaganda- like commercials, ads, websites ect. The DEA provides false information, which notable studies have contradicted, as well as casts a negatively biased light whenever possible onto research into the medical and social effects of marijuana use. The fact is that when it comes to marijuana, the DEA preaches only what they deem true.
Officials like Michelle Leonhart, head administrator of the DEA, owe it to the American people to tell both sides of the story. Unfortunately the DEA would rather use biased data to breed fear of cancer, lung disease, societal chaos and the utter breakdown of society as a whole. Whether it is a war on terror, or a war on drugs, the fact remains that political administrations and governments in general, love to create the feel of an imminent threat on our well being. This allows them to promise to save us, earn our trust, and get elected or re-elected. Considering the war on terror is just going so absolutely smoothly, it’s quite possible that it is time to stand up and say wait, we would not only like the truth, but the whole truth as well.
Marijuana is here to stay, and the laws do not appear to be preventing its use any more than prohibition did for alcohol. So why is it illegal? Well many claim it is a dangerous and addictive drug. You mean like alcohol? The fact is that medically, marijuana is absolutely not dangerous in moderate use. I say moderate because of course if anything is used excessively it can become hazardous to your health. Eat the same unhealthy meal everyday and your immune system is going to be negatively affected. Drinking a quart of vodka a day is going to cause a host of problems, including liver damage, and yet somehow we all have the freedom to do each of those things. So why is marijuana illegal? Well as with most things it is of course going to come back to the money, but we will get to that later.

1 comment:

CPhill said...

Your moderation point hit the hardest for me. The movie Super Size Me is the perfect example supporting your claim that anything not in moderation can have a negative effect. McDonalds almost killed the guy! I support your points and think you do an excellent job justifying them. A very coaxing blog.