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Marilize Legajuana

03/04/2011

The War on Drugs is a failure (in ’09 Obama decided to stop calling it the ‘War on Drugs’ as it was “counter-productive”). I don’t think anyone who isn’t paid by the government can disagree with that statement. Honestly, I have a hard time believing anyone can make a rational argument for the War on Drugs, given how much money is spent on it. How much money, exactly? Oh, not a lot. Just to the tune of about $500/second. You think I’m shitting you? Take a look:

War on Drugs Clock

That’s an iPad2 every second, boys and girls.

Concerning the actual subject of this post (marijuana, if you missed the punchline) a whopping 89 percent of all cannabis law offenses are possession only. Given that the U.S. arrests almost 1 million people a year for cannabis violations, that means approximately 750,000 people are arrested each year simply for having marijuana in their possession.

Perhaps the most telling example is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s own website, detailing their Top Ten ‘Facts’ on drug legalization. A lot of it I consider bullshit all the way around, like when they say 95% of Americans don’t use drugs. HAH. If you honestly believe only 1 in 20 people in the US use drugs, you’ve got a problem.

But this post isn’t about drugs in general. This is about marijuana. ‘Harder’ drugs(coke, crack, meth, heroin, LSD) are used by fringe numbers in our society compared to weed. There’s no disputing that weed is America’s favorite illegal drug.

Now, I wouldn’t be writing this post if I thought marijuana was the Schedule I substance the federal government classifies it as. Schedule I controlled substances, if you didn’t know, are supposed to have the highest potential for abuse, be the most unsafe, and are completely devoid of medical use. This includes Heroin, Ecstasy, Quaalude, and for some reason Marijuana. At the other end of the spectrum, we have Schedule V, where the drugs with the lowest potential for abuse are. Personally, I think marijuana should be placed in Schedule IV or V.

Cocaine, methamphetamine, morphine, ketamine, Valium, and Vicodin are all supposedly less dangerous than marijuana. METH is less dangerous than WEED? Are you fucking batshit insane? Anyone who has seen the effects of the two drugs on people or much less tried them can very quickly establish the sheer wrongness here.

Don’t mistake me. Marijuana isn’t innocent, either. It’s a drug. It’s not always safe. No drug is always safe. This includes our favorite legal drugs. Say hello to caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol. All three of those can reasonably kill you if you take too much of them. Marijuana, however, has never killed anyone. This alone is compelling evidence for me. But what’s really retarded is that marijuana was only intended to be a Schedule I drug TEMPORARILY.

In 1970 the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now the United States Department of Health and Human Services)’s Assistant Secretary of Heath, Roger O. Egeberg, recommended that marijuana be left as a schedule I drug simply because there was a void of knowledge about what marijuana did. This is understandable. It was the end of the 60’s, a lot of drug information was not known yet. However, in 1972, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse stated,

[T]he criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use. It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only ‘with the greatest reluctance.”

I’ll even save you the trouble of looking through the commission for this quote. It’s right fucking here.

Nixon ignored the study, however, and re-ignited the War on Drugs. Nixon was a complete buffoon, down to the last. This I believe fully. I would almost go so far as to blame Nixon for the 39 years now that marijuana has been a Schedule I controlled substance when it clearly ought not be.

Americans have been getting arrested for personal use of something that was supposed to stop being a crime THIRTY NINE YEARS AGO. Since then, we’ve seen generations of people grow into these ridiculous notions about how dangerous and horrible marijuana is for you while people have been jailed, fined, and imprisoned over it.

The truth is, marijuana shouldn’t be illegal. Obviously, the government can’t, won’t, and shouldn’t APPROVE use of it – but this overwhelmingly ignorant oversight and stigma that marijuana is somehow worthy of all the bluster that Nixon started is a complete load of shit. Fortunately, it seems like the tide has been turning in America anyways. More and more states are reconsidering marijuana laws and examining its medical use. Overall, I’m simply disgusted that our government was/is so lackadaisical about adhering to their own advice and prone to leaving mistakes as they lie – seemingly unconcerned with the massive impact their laziness has. They’re supposed to be a fucking government, after all.

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5 Comments
  1. Phyllis permalink

    I have to agree with you about Nixon, I’m just not sure about legalizing an other drug, except for medical reasons. I think we have enough bad drugs already, that are legal, WE don’t NEED anymore! To think it hasn’t killed anyone I don’t agree, if you have been high on any drug and driven and had an accident and some one was killed, then it does kill.— I prefer a clear minded person (if you are high on anything then you aren’t cleared minded) anything that alters that is unsafe — in my thoughts!
    I do not believe “POT” should be rated up there with Meth, Coke or LSD and etc.
    I am not for making it legal! (except for Cancer Patients and a few other health related illnesses!)

    • Scot permalink

      Science always seems to be undermined when most needed, bugs the hell out of me.

      I disagree Phyllis with your logic behind keeping cannabis illegal. You’re right we don’t need anymore bad drugs, but cannabis is not going away anytime soon, so I would rather have it properly regulated and controlled by the government. And on top of that, I believe the Netherlands had a decrease in usage when they legalized it for “coffee” shops.

      As for the driving, while personally I wouldn’t drive high, just doesn’t appeal to me, but there have been some studies showing no significant increase in accidents while driving high (under mild to mid doses). Don’t take my word for it, go look up studies to see. And besides, if it were legal it would make it much easier for scientists to do more proper research to properly assess driving while high.

      Thanks for the great article, and sorry for the rant aha šŸ™‚

  2. Hemperor support permalink

    Look up the emperor wears no clothes, and the film emperor of hemp about jack herer. He had it right, big business and the government are scared of its potential for good (as it would result in a loss of profits for them and less control!) the way it could help as a food source, fiber, and industrial material like plastic and many more contributed to why they used strategies of mass control to create stigma in order to fuel the war on drugs. Look at reefer madness and how it evolved into the views older ppl and govt has on it today. Always follow the money, this shows who could profit from such a deception about one of these drugs that’s part if this self imposed war. Don’t even get me started about other wars fought on earth there’s too many stupid examples to get in to. We need honest education of the masses.

  3. There are arguments that marijuana is a gateway drug and that there are health risks involved with marijuana use. The gateway drug theory is built on statistical evidence that hard drug users first started using drugs with marijuana. This leads one to wonder if the hard drug users also smoked tobacco cigarettes and drank alcohol or liquor before moving on to the harder drugs. Naturally there is a health risk involved with extensive marijuana use, but not nearly the health risks involved with long term tobacco use or alcohol abuse. Besides, this is America and people are still free to do with their bodies as they choose. This is called freedom of choice.

  4. There has been a lot of criticism against the schedule classifications of the listed drugs and subtances in the CSA, citing undefined terms.

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