The Marijuana Debate
This post is actually in response to VizFact’s Vizlogs 002 | Legalized Marijuana = Crackhead President, because I disagree with his stand on the subject.
If you haven’t watched it yet, head on over there and check it out. I’ll wait.
And yes, I know his video is MUCH better than mine, but you’ll have to get over it. I’m not set up with all that fancy tech equipment, so I’m at a disadvantage 🙂
Anywho….the marijuana legalization issue is a very hot topic these days.
Let me start by saying that I do not and have never smoked marijuana, weed, pot, ganja, or whatever your preferred phraseology is for it.
The closest thing I have to a personal relationship with the stuff is that I used to have neighbors that smoked….a lot.
Their weed fumes would waft into my apartment. They may as well have been smoking right next to me, because the way the duct work was set up, it was all up in there.
No, I wasn’t the least bit happy about it, but I’ve lived in some unsavory places and that’s the price you sometimes pay.
I learned a great lesson from it though. The smell of marijuana gives me a HORRIBLE headache. Minutes after the neighbors would start smoking, I’d be curled up in bed with such a bad headache it would make me sick.
That being said, I firmly believe that marijuana should be LEGALIZED.
Why? Because there are plenty of proven benefits and some assumed benefits. Here are a few of them.
VizLogs 004 | Re: Legalized Marijuana = Crackhead President
Benefits of Marijuana
1. Suicide rates are lower in states where marijuana is legal.
Professors from the University of Colorado, Montana State University, and San Diego State University conducted a study called “High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide“.
The results were released in February of this year, and the study concluded that the suicide rate among young males dramatically declines when a state legalizes medical marijuana.
The researchers’ report indicates:
the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 20- through 29-year-old males, and a 9 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 30- through 39-year-old males.
They concluded that:
the legalization of medical marijuana leads to an improvement in the psychological wellbeing of young adult males, an improvement that is reflected in fewer suicides.
In addition, the study also found that alcohol sales to young men declined in states where marijuana use was legalized.
2. Marijuana has been shown to kill cancer cells.
We’ve long known that marijuana has some very valid medical uses, hence the passing of “medical marijuana” laws in some states.
It has been shown to help to lessen the nausea and other effects caused by chemotherapy, as well as help AIDS and cancer patients regain their appetites. It’s also been proven to lessen the effects of glaucoma.
But even more remarkable is that cannabis seems to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact.
There are plenty of studies, as well as personal testimonies on the internet, indicating that people are being cured of cancer by using different forms of cannabis….brain cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer to name just a few.
The government is well aware of this, so why is marijuana still illegal?
Because curing people of cancer would interfere in their eugenics plan. Instead, they push toxic chemotherapy and dangerous radiation treatments to make it LOOK like they’re trying to cure people instead.
3. The war on drugs has been an epic fail.
Fail! Fail! Fail!
The war on drugs has not gotten either drugs or violent criminals off the streets. And it won’t. Ever.
We’ve already established that there’s no common sense behind the illegality of marijuana to begin with.
But then they’re taking it so far that they’re throwing people into prison for possessing it??
This is a victimless crime. It’s ABSURD that there are people doing more time for possessing weed than some people who are locked up for violent offenses!
Marijuana has never killed anyone.
Does any of this make sense?
I think not.
Some pro-marijuana activists in Auckland, New Zealand had an interesting idea. Even though it is illegal there, they set up a cannabis vending machine inside a club in an attempt to circumvent the law.
I think this is a great idea, and should be done everywhere.
Not surprisingly, the police didn’t take too kindly to it though, and ended up confiscating the machine.
I personally believe that God put cannabis on this earth to benefit us.
Why should people pump themselves full of toxic medications that have many unwanted, and sometimes serious, side effects, when we have a natural, safer solution?
Perhaps we wouldn’t have such a high mortality rate from cancer if marijuana were legal to use.
That alone should make people question the validity of the criminalization of marijuana. And I bet those of you that are still opposed to it would change your tune if you had a terminally ill loved one that could possibly be helped by it.
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