9 May

Number of deaths per year in the United States related to:

Smoking cigarettes:  444,000

Obesity:  400,000

Alcohol:  75,000

Automobile accidents:  40,000

Prescription drugs:  26,000

Tanning:  5,700

Lawn mower accidents:  406

Bee stings: 40

Marijuana:  0


Eating our weight seven days a week at China Buffet, smoking a pack of Marlboros daily, and slamming 11 Irish Car Bombs and then driving home are the leading causes of death annually. Smoking pot is about as harmful as reading the newspaper.

For a country and government that advocates abortion based on the slogan, “It’s your body, it’s your right,” it seems more than a little contradictory to disallow the use of a “drug” that not only doesn’t kill, but even harm a single human being every year under the same slogan.

Using tanning beds will kill you, but “it’s your body.” Eating Big Macs for every meal will kill you, but “it’s your body.” Smoking Camel Lights will kill you, but “it’s your body.” Smoking pot won’t hurt you or anyone else in any way, shape or form, but “it’s illegal.” That makes sense.

Our government condones smoking cigarettes which is one of the leading causes of death in the entire world, but prohibits marijuana use because it’s….harmless? Now I get it.

Those who argue that marijuana should be illegal have obviously not used it. These are the people who claim that weed is “a gateway drug.” I think it would be a good idea for some of these anti-pot spokespeople to hang out with a group of potheads for a few weeks before making these outlandish claims. If anything can be called a “gateway drug,” it’s alcohol. Alcohol is the most widely used mind-altering substance in the country, and its number one effect is lapse of judgment and it destroys peoples’ inhibitions. When people are drinking, they are much more likely to do and try things they would not normally do. Most people smoke their first cigarette under the influence of alcohol. Most people have their first sexual experiences under the influence of alcohol. And, not surprisingly, most peoples’ first negative encounter with the police is under the influence of alcohol.

Marijuana should have been legal before alcohol ever was. Nobody beats their wife or shoots up a school after smoking a joint. On the other hand, almost everyone is more violent, more obnoxious, more dangerous, and out of control while under the influence of booze or steroids. When people are drunk, they act like silverback gorillas. They start fights, attempt impossible physical stunts, get confrontational, aggressive, mean—their inhibitions are nearly gone. When people are high, they watch Animal Planet, stream YouTube videos on their couch at home, eat frozen pizza, and then go to sleep. Watch out though, folks. That kind of behavior will wind you up in prison. But don’t worry; if you want to murder the “fetus” in your uterus because you’re an irresponsible 16 year old girl who had unprotected sex, you’ve got the government’s support. In fact, they’ll even pay for it.

Can anybody tell me why or how this makes any sense at all? Oh that’s right, it doesn’t. The fact that people are charged criminally for smoking pot is unbelievable. “It’s your body, it’s your right!” Who gives a rat’s ass about what a person does to their own body if it doesn’t harm anyone else? It’s nobody’s business but their own. We allow Americans to get fatter and fatter by gluttonously consuming 14 billion hamburgers each year, but while 400,000 Americans kill themselves annually by overeating, our government is incarcerating people who harmlessly smoke a bowl in the comfort of their own living rooms. Why aren’t we imprisoning morbidly obese people for shoving Big Macs down their throats every day? Isn’t it the same thing? Well, it’s not, because unlike greasy cheeseburgers, smoking weed doesn’t have any negative effects on your health.

Putting someone in prison for doing something that does not, in any way, affect others negatively is unconstitutional and unprecedented. Let’s get extreme: criminalizing and imprisoning a person for doing heroin is even wrong in my opinion. Doing heroin should not be a crime. Shooting someone while being high on heroin is a crime, and is worthy of punishment. But that’s exactly my point. Why is substance use or abuse a crime by itself? In no way do I advocate the use of heroin or any other life ruining drugs like it such as meth or crack, but if someone else wants to lose their teeth, destroy their brain, and kill themselves with it, as long as they’re not harming anyone else in the meantime, that’s their business, not mine or the government’s. Cigarettes are already doing all of those things, and they don’t seem to be making a fuss over those.

Marijuana grows in the dirt. It comes fresh and natural from the earth, hence the term “weed.” The consumption or distribution of this 100% natural plant will land you in a 6×8 cell with a skinhead who calls you “bitch,” but it’s perfectly acceptable for fast food restaurants nationwide to serve us “meat” that consists of 35% actual beef. Let’s talk about that.

Prescription drugs are now the number one leading cause of fatal drug overdoses in the United States. They’re highly addictive and have life-threatening side effects, yet doctors nationwide are handing out prescriptions for Vicodin and Percocet like Halloween candy. Now let’s talk about irony. Marijuana legitimately relieves medical symptoms such as loss of appetite, anxiety, pain, and nausea, and is not habit-forming. People suffering from terminal illnesses such as cancer or Lupus are typically taking somewhere around a dozen different prescription pills each day, if not more. These prescription drugs come with a myriad of possible side effects including seizures, heart attack, depression, feelings of suicide, fatigue, anemia, impotency, hair loss, liver damage, kidney damage, or even death. These prescription drugs are used to treat symptoms such as pain, nausea, and loss of appetite, when marijuana can treat them all without the possibility of stopping your heart, destroying your kidneys, or killing you.

Why are we arguing about this again?

It’s all about money. Surprise. The government hasn’t figured out how to control the distribution of marijuana, therefore they have prohibited its use almost entirely. I disagree with the notion to legalize marijuana. In order to legalize it, the government would have to gain complete control over it as a market, and it would become a controlled commodity no different than alcohol or cigarettes. Profit would be entirely in the hands of the federal government, exactly the opposite of what needs to happen. Instead, I argue that marijuana simply be decriminalized, just as they have done in progressive states such as Colorado and California. Leave profit margins in the control of individual growers and dispensaries. Keep it in the hands of the citizens. Meanwhile, it is lunacy to liken the use of marijuana to the use of hard drugs like methamphetamines or crack. If the government wants to prosecute individuals for smoking weed, then they also need to start putting people in prison for overeating, smoking cigarettes, and going to Tan World. Until then, I’d like to see them define the exact purpose of charging pot-smokers like sex offenders. My guess is they don’t have much of an answer.



Go green.


9 Responses to “Marijuwhynot?”

  1. christopherdiez May 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    BOOM. Loved it. Keep it up my friend.

  2. Nick May 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    You didn’t even touch on the topic of how much money the taxpayers pay out each year to pay for the incarceration of all the “criminals”…

  3. Knuth May 10, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    You are preaching to the choir here! I think I said that same thing to a wise man once. So, in short, I emphatically agree.

  4. Mike Newton May 10, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Best quote of the day “Smoking pot is about as harmful as reading the newspaper”. Great read Becca!

  5. Dane Wilson May 10, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    I’d say newspapers are much more harmful.

  6. Cassara Carroll May 10, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    There are two doses to consider: the effective dose, and the lethal dose. Drugs get dangerous when the effective dose is close to the lethal dose (and there are plenty of those out there, as you mentioned). With marijuana, though, the effective dose is reallllly low and the lethal dose is realllly high. That is why it is so safe, in case anybody was wondering. You make some really good points here Becca!

  7. billy f May 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Great blog. Touched on some really good points.

  8. 42st0nedBitch May 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    daaaamn. yeah i always said i didnt want weed legalized cause i didnt want the government to take it over and put chemicals in it like they did with cigarettes. theyre gonna make it bad for us, when its harmless in the first place

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