Is alcohol less of a drug?
I have had so many conversations with people that when talking about drug legalization, or drug problems in the USA. I get this reaction.
“I don’t really support drug legalization, or drug usage”.
I think to myself “ok. why”..
We talk. I asked them about their thoughts. I do want to know.
What is going through the back of my head is “do they drink alcohol”?
After talking with them for awhile. We will get to a point where they confess.
They will say “don’t get me wrong, I will have me a few drinks now and then.”
I will ask them something about alcohol statistical data, such as overdoses and car death due to alcohol.
They will say “I know, it sucks when people drink and drive. But I would never do that myself”.
I will ask them. Do you know how many people died as a result of marijuana last year?
They will say something like “I’m sure quite a bit, because smoke is bad for you, but marijuana smoke will kill you faster”..
I will give them very well known (these days) data that last year no one died from the toxic side effects of marijuana. That many influential cancer researchers, including a study done at Harvard says that marijuana smoke is NOT linked to cancer. And that in fact, many studies have shown marijuana helps kill cancer cells while leaving good cells in tact..
They will say “Well, if you legalize it kids will use it”.
I say “The USA has had one of the longest running and strictest marijuana policies in the world, and we have more marijuana users per capita than places where it is legalized like Holland, the Netherlands and Australia”.
This is usually where the conversation gets awkward, and either me or this other party will change the subject or casually move on..
If your interested in learning about the data that I speak of above, you can find the links at the bottom of this note.
I understand that marijuana isn’t for everyone. Neither is alcohol.
So here is my problem with this apathy.
800,000 people were arrested in the USA last year for simple possession of marijuana.
The USA has 25% of the worlds prison population. But.. We only have about 5% of the worlds population. That is insane!!
And we wonder why this nation is broke? Come on, thats just shy of a million people arrested for a victimless crime. There are 100,000s of thousands of people in prison for possessing a plant. A PLANT!
That is not selling, manufacturing, or distributing. That is for merely possessing a plant!
This takes parents away from children, children out of school, college kids lose their financial aid…
The problem with prohibition is that it goes WAY farther than just those who get arrested for it. It hurts the ENTIRE community when honest, hardworking, responsible adults who pay their taxes get arrested for this ‘crime’.
And all of these people that I talk to. Every single one of these types ALL have a plan on how America could recover from our particular situation. But they won’t even think about the 150 Billion dollar per year stimulus that we would receive from legalizing marijuana and taxing it. No way. It’s marijuana after all, the devil’s weed!!
I’ll tell you what it is. It’s refer madness!
Tobacco – 435,000
Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity – 365,000
Alcohol – 85,000
Microbial Agents – 75,000
Toxic Agents – 55,000
Motor Vehicle Crashes – 26,347
Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs – 32,000
Suicide – 30,622
Incidents Involving Firearms – 29,000
Homicide – 20,308
Sexual Behaviors – 20,000
All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect -17,000
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin – 7,600
Marijuana – 0 (zero)
-10’s of thousands of patients received relief and treatment from cannabis last year without fatal side-effects that prescription drugs currently offer.
I say legalize it, regulate it (keep it out of the hands of children), and tax it!
It would be stupid to ignore this any longer!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJcVr0GLsEA (cannabis fights cancer)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=764ExC7YTqM (Rep Toby Nixon speaking on marijuana topics)
Im of the America that believes “if you don’t like it change it “.
Not of the “if you don’t like it leave it”.
Now, please! I beg you. Don’t hold this against me. It’s just something that I had to vent today.
I appreciate and respect your beliefs. I feel like you are friends. And I just wanted to share something that is important to me, with you. I realize 90% of the people I sent this to do not use marijuana. But this isn’t something that I am trying to influence you to do. I just want to raise awareness to the fact that 20 million people have been arrested for marijuana, and the ‘drug war’ is ineffective. It’s time to do something that works!
Thanks for taking the time to read this!