Legalization: What comes to
By Joe Garrison
March 15, 2006
When you hear the word "legalization", what comes to
mind? Ravenous drug fiends shouting in terms of victory? Marijuana
users saying "dude!"? Or how about a great opportunity
for the Government of America to make extremely large sums of
money while crime and drug abuse is reduced greatly? Many common
folk would probably not think of the latter, but that is only
because they are un-educated on the other side of the story.
Growing up, many people will be confronted by people like D.A.R.E
and ADFY. They'll explain to you the horrors of marijuana trips
and the dangers of cocaine abuse. But they do not tell you the
true facts. They believe excatly what the government tells them,
and in this case (which I'll be talking mostly about) the government
tells them Marijuana is addicting, it's more harmful than cigarettes,
etc. etc. etc. The fact of the matter is, they should be approaching
this from both sides.
There are many organizations out there that are, for the most
part, not known by many people. Organizations such as NORML
(National Organization for the Reform of the Marijuana Laws)
and SAFER (Safer Alternatives For Enjoyable Recreation) are avidly
trying to educate and inform teenagers and young adults that
Marijuana isn't as bad as most make it out to be. The only reason
that drinking is legal and smoking Cannabis isn't, is that drinking
alcohol is more socially acceptable. Sure, if suddenly something
like this was legalized everyone would be in a bout of shock,
but most people aren't aware of the differences in drinking and
First off, Marijuana is not physically addicting. The only addiction
argument that opposers can make is it is mentally addicting.
If a "heavy user" was to quit cold turkey, the side
affects would be something like a bitter mood and a grouchy attitude.
If you were to make an alocholic quit cold turkey, they quite
possible would react with anger and violence.
Now, another thing that people might need to know, is that Marijuana
isn't as harmful to the body as alcohol. Marijuana, being a
completly natural substance, only harms the body through the
carcinogens that come from smoke. But there is even an alternative
to that. A "vaporizer" heats up the marijuana until
it is gone, and is then in a gas like state, no smoke. It is
virtually harmless to the body, mind, and soul. A person driving
under the influence of alcohol obviously isn't the best driver
on the road. Countless thousands of people are killed every
year because of driving drunk, alocholism, and violence. To
this date, there have been ZERO people killed by Marijuana abuse.
Although I can't say no one have been killed due to driving
while high, the number is far less than the popular alcoholic
With reasons like these, why have it be illegal? The reason
is simple. The people in charge of educating are taking the
route they want. They are stubborn, and believe that such a
drastic change would be harmful, that more people would do it,
etc. etc. etc. Findings from dozens of government-commissioned
and academic studies published over the past 25 years overwhelmingly
affirm that liberalizing Marijuana penalties does not lead to
an increase in Marijuana consumption or affect adolescent attitudes
toward drug use.
I've already said too much, and I would like to leave you with
some resources to view and hopefully enrich your knowledge about
the legalization of Marijuana.
I really appreciate your time, and hopefully together we can
change this country's view on such a healthy, natural, and more
enjoyable alternative to drinking.
Sitka, AK - USA
About: Joe Garrison is 47, and has lived in Sitka, Alaska all
his life. He has worked as a fisherman for the past 20 years.
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