After watching an episode of a tv show recently, and because whenever Keisha and I do long-ish car rides we talk about shit, this is why I feel they will never legalize marijuana.
Okay, so we all know the science-y stuff. Like that it is not anywhere near as addictive as hard drugs, that there are actual benefits to using by people with chronic illnesses, cancer, chronic pain and so on. Yadda yadda. We know the arguments for, because frankly they’ve been spouted over and over again by pro-pot groups and so on. I’m not here to argue that.
It is true, however, that it is a mind altering substance. In that by smoking it, you do become impaired. There is no refuting this particular piece of science. It slows your reaction time, lowers inhibitions, has a lot of shared effects with alcohol consumption. Which of course is a major argument of the “for” camp; there aren’t too many differences between this and alcohol consumption and that’s legal…
But, you can’t (or at least it’s illegal) be under the influence of alcohol at work.
And while no one would blink to hard at a surgeon grabbing a cigarette on his way in to the hospital to perform a surgery, they might not like it if that cigarette was full of the newly legalized weed. Truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, medical practitioners, okay, essentially any job anywhere. How can you sanction a drug, even a “soft” one, one that is no more dangerous than drinking and allow it to become part of our everyday life?? You can’t. To legalize it is to put it on the same footing as smoking. And once you do that, how do you argue which jobs people do that are and are not influenced by its effects? Then you run into discrimination issues, more insurance issues, and the list goes on and on.
Simply put to legalize it would cause far more problems than it would solve. And I can’t think of any “problems” it would solve that aren’t already being handled by the few cases that warrant a prescription for it already. It occurred to me today that my own father would likely be eligible for a prescription to it if he so chose to pursue it, but he never would. Because, like most people I know, he would prefer to have his mind at it’s sharpest at all times, even if it means handling the pain he is sometimes in.
Yes, I know many people who smoke recreationally. I have no beef with you at all. None. In fact, if you’re being recreational in your use on your own free time and with your own money and will then I say you’re an adult and you are free to make your own choices. I know literally hundreds of other people who have tried it once or twice…hey, we were all teenagers once…and made their own choice not to keep up. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m tired of hearing a debate that never really stood a chance of being an actual debate. It’s simply too complicated an issue to ever bring into legalized society without cause a whole host of related snowballing issues. No government is going to be the one to start that ball rolling.
At least that’s my two cents.
It was a really fun conversation on the ride, fyi.