Why Non-Stoners Should Care About Legalizing Marijuana

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.

and…

“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.

15 Responses to “Why Non-Stoners Should Care About Legalizing Marijuana”

  1. great article!

    Best line of all was
    “I do not think the government should have the right to tell us what substances we can and cannot put in our bodies.”

    BAM!

    That sentence is one of the reasons I support Ron Paul!

  2. I don’t use medical marijuana but I have seen first hand the wonderful results of it as medicine. My Wife was bedridden with migraines 90 percent of the time until he started using it. she used to get rages and life was hell. The cannabis has taken his rages as well. From 1990 until 2011 that woman lived with pain and rages resulting from a head injury at work.

    Even Abe Lincoln occasionally smoked hemp. You are also calling him a “Stoners”… who freed slaves. It was legal before and made illegal because it was bankrupting a lumber company. And it’s not legalized yet because no members of the government believe that they can generate some effective tax revenue from it.

    In 2007, Marijuana Laws Cost Government $42 Billion Annually. Now, the cost would have increased even more. CNN estimates that Colorado would gain an extra $17.6 million in tax revenue if marijuana were legalized today. Thus, if it legalized it can help our government to generate good revenue from it.
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    • David says:

      Thanks for sharing your story Alvin. It’s really sad that government official deny so many people the help they need.

      You bring up a lot of good arguments that I didn’t touch in my article – the real reason marijuana became illegal, the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana, and the burden that would be relieved from our criminal justice system.

      There are many more good reasons and a lot of good people like yourself spreading those reasons.

      My hope is that we can transcend all of those reasons and find the argument that 99% of Americans can get behind.

  3. suzy says:

    Have you seen the movie the union? I highly recommend it, the entire movie is pretty much an entire logical well thought out documentary on why marijuana should be legalized. Ive honestly never heard an argument against marijuana that had any legitimate facts behind it. I smoke maybe once every 3 months, its really just a casual thing for me. so i dont want it legalized just so i can get high… However, i know many people who do it daily, they function pretty well if not better then i do :p. Some of the smartest people i went to school with were actually also some of the most consistent pot smokers. (typing this on this tiny keyboard sucks i give up trying to capitalize and punctuate correctly forgive me)

    the only arguments i hear any more are:
    - religious crazy people who try to say god says its a sin
    - we have to keep it away from out children
    - its addictive
    - its causes cancer
    - it makes you stupid

    i would like to point out none of those arguments are valid.

    i suggest anyone who reads this post to watch the union if you havent aready! (im pretty sure you can find it on netflix)

    • David says:

      I haven’t seen “The Union”, but I keep hearing things about it and it is in my Netflix Instant Queue, so I guess I better watch it! The same guy is coming out with a sequel called “Culture High”. He is in the process of funding the movie through Kickstarter.com right now, I’m sure it will get funded and made.

      Yea, I’m still waiting for a solid argument against marijuana. The only logical argument I can think of is that legalizing marijuana would crush the prison/law enforcement industry – well thats too damn bad! The prison guards and police officers could get jobs on a hemp farm lol.

  4. The Crymson-King says:

    Actually…I DO have a valid/semi-valid reason. FEAR. People fear what they do not understand, they always have and at least initially always will. A man who is told/trained/manipulated will crumble when something believed for so long as black and white turns out to have a billion shades of grey between. A trip unto itself, and FEAR takes over. Given the time and place I grew up, I postulate that at best we are looking at around 2031-2041 before the majority of elected politicians will admit to haveing smoked weed. Hopefully by then, everyone will be on the same page…CHEERS!

    • David says:

      Well said homie!

      Fear is a great explanation (one of the best explanations I’ve ever heard) for why marijuana is still illegal, but it is not a good reason to keep marijuana illegal.

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