More and more states are legalizing marijuana for medical use, and there is talk of legalizing marijuana altogether. I’m all for the legalization of medical marijuana. As someone that has suffered from chronic pain, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss and many sleepless nights I can see the benefits of using pot. I don’t understand how as a society we can accept a prescription from a doctor of morphine, when needed, but not a prescription for marijuana even if a doctor feels it would be beneficial. I’m sure there will be some abuse by patients and doctors but there are abusers to a lot of prescription drugs. Legalization would also mean regulation. For those that say the pharmaceutical companies have already came up with THC in pill form, all I can say is that there is something about a ritual that is far more affective than just popping a pill. I use to have some of my own rituals so I can see the benefit of cleaning, rolling and smoking, just the inhaling and holding the smoke sounds a lot like controlling your breath which is a form of meditation.
As far as legalizing marijuana altogether I have given serious thoughts to both sides. The conclusion I came to even surprised me.
Most arguments against marijuana can be dismissed simply by comparing marijuana to alcohol. For example, for those of you who think that marijuana is the gateway drug, I would argue that alcohol and tobacco would have that distinction if they were illegal. It’s also my opinion that alcohol has caused far more problems than marijuana ever will. In 2008 there were over 13,000 alcohol related driving fatalities in the US, 37% of auto fatalities were alcohol related (http://www.alcoholalert.com/drunk-driving-statistics.html).
After doing some serious thinking about it I came to a couple of conclusions. First, pot isn’t and shouldn’t be a serious offense. Secondly it shouldn’t be made legal unless there are some stipulations attached like age and where and when it can be smoked (just like alcohol and cigarettes). If it’s ever legalized I think there should be pot dens for smokers to smoke and that should be the only place they should be allowed to smoke (I feel this way about cigarettes too). The reason I think we need pot dens is the simple fact that if I’m in a room with a group of people and they are drinking I can still decide not to drink, but if I’m in a room with smokers I’m going to get a contact buzz simply by breathing, taking away my choice. If marijuana was just made legal it would end up being smoked around others who may not want to be subjected to it (this was also my reasoning for banning cigarettes from public places).
Since I don’t see the “Pot Den” becoming a reality I guess I’ll stay on the side of making and keeping marijuana legal for medical use only.
On a personal note, I have done pot when I was younger and after awhile I just didn’t like it enough to continue and I have not used it for medical purposes, but I wouldn’t keep something beneficial away from others just because I haven’t used it.