Why Non-Stoners Should Care About Legalizing Marijuana
The legalization of marijuana is talked about in every smoking circle at one point or another. You can only look at a beer can and a joint for so long before you ask yourself, “Why is only one of these legal?”.
The truth is there is not a single good reason to keep marijuana illegal in the US. After much research and personal experience, I have come to the conclusion that if you think marijuana should NOT be legalized, you are either highly misinformed, lying to protect your reputation, or extremely stupid.
I will not go into all the reasons why keeping marijuana illegal is a bad idea. Do a google search, talk to people who smoke, and find out the truth for yourself.
Instead, I would like to discuss why this issue is important to every American, stoners and non-stoners.
“Us” vs. “Them”
Every polarizing issue has an “Us” vs “Them” factor that people like to indulge in for various reasons (media ratings, people like to argue, simplifies the argument, etc.). When it comes the marijuana issue, the most obvious application of “Us” vs. “Them” is to separate people into smoker and non-smoker categories, but this is not the most accurate way to divide the marijuana issue.
When it comes to the marijuana issue…
“Us” is everyday people, both smokers and non-smokers. We may or may not endorse marijuana use, but we definitely do not believe the government or anyone else should have the right to tell us if we can legally put the drug in our bodies. If marijuana became legal, we would experience many positive benefits and very few negative consequences.
“Them” is anyone who has a financial stake in keeping marijuana illegal, gives into pressure to keep marijuana illegal, or believes it is the governments responsibility to control what the People put in their body. These are law enforcement officers, government officials, corporations, and self righteous idiots. Keeping marijuana is a big part of their identity. If marijuana became legal, their ego and/or their bank account would take a big hit.
When it comes to legalizing marijuana, it is not about people who like weed vs. people who don’t. It is about people that benefit from legalization vs. the people that do not.
Reasons for Every American to Care
Maybe you do not smoke weed or maybe you think people who smoke weed are burnout losers. Either way, you should care about legalizing marijuana.
Legalizing marijuana is a health care issue. Marijuana helps people that have serious illnesses. Our government should not get in the way of providing our sick and dying the best health care options. There is no argument that can justify the governments intrusion into the doctors office, especially when it comes to suffering Americans.
You might think weed is for losers today, but tomorrow it could be the only thing that gets you through the day. In which case, the government would call you a criminal.
Legalizing marijuana is about putting the government in their place. It is our responsibility as Americans to keep our government under control. When a government feels it is okay to keep a harmless substance like marijuana illegal, we all have to question if the government has overstepped their bounds.
I do not think the government should have the right to tell us what substances we can and cannot put in our bodies. It is really that simple. Are we smart enough to make these decisions for ourselves? I believe we are and it is our responsibility, not the government’s, to educate each other on the dangers of marijuana.
It does not matter if you smoke or not. If you care about your personal freedom, then you should care about legalizing marijuana.
“They” Have No Argument
I have never seen or heard anyone make a logical argument against legalizing marijuana. If one exists, it would have to be about perserving the law enforcement agencies and industries that rely on marijuana staying illegal. In other words, it would not be about what is best for the American People.
If you think you know of an argument against legalization that makes sense, please post it here and we can talk about it.
Legalizing marijuana is about more than the right to smoke pot. It is about having the power, as a People, to tell our Government when we don’t need them.