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Legalization for the Good of America

Updated on May 3, 2012

Corpocracy deigns it.

Have you seen the adds on TV for drug use? This is your brain, this is your brain on drugs, yeah you get the idea. I bet you didn't know who was responsible for paying for all of those countless antidrug commercials. When I tell you I want you to think a moment about why that may be. Use logic here, people, and remember that we live in a highly capitalistic society.

Tobacco and Alchohol corporations joined together to fund and produce these adds. Like I said, think about it. Keep thinking...

Right. They saw that their greatest competitors were illegal drugs, most notably marijuana. They decided to make themselves look good by putting these adds out there when in fact their motives are purely selfish. The real truth is that subscription medication addictions have surpassed that of illegal drugs but Tobacco and Alchohol have no false pretense to use in an anti prescription drug campaign. That and the drug companies can afford big lawyers and could tie both company sectors up in court for years, even decades.

While I support anti drug campaigns and believe that chemically concocted drugs of all kinds should be banned from our streets I also hold the same opinion of legal drugs. All of them fall under the same category. Only one of these banned so called drugs deserves to be taken out of this category and that is marijuana.

Marijuana grows like a weed, in fact it is a weed, and has several useful components that we utilize in our lives. Hemp is the most commony known use. Using hemp rather than lumber would save so much natural land and not to mention money that the Lumber companies regularly campaign against the legalization of Marijuana. They would prefer to ignore the immense benifits the USA could reap if this substance was made legal. After all they are rich fat bastards and they will do anything to make sure they stay that way. Capitalism at its finest ladies and gentlemen! The lobbyists they pay to be their voice in Washington spew groundless lies and nonsense all in order to keep things where the grand Corpocracy wants them to be.

So here we have three monlithic groups of capitalistic corpocracy's pushing all the buttons to make the rules suit them best. They have many reasons to stand against the legalization of marijuana and when politicians begin to see things differently it only takes some well placed cash to shut them right up. Our representatives do not care what we as a people think when it comes down to it. They only care about lining their pockets. I won't get into how money needs to be taken out of the equation for those who are supposed to be serving this country and its people. That's another hub, Free Nation.

What I will get into is the logic of the matter. To me logic is all. If something does not make sense then it should not be. That's just me, don't know how you see things, nor do I care all that much unless your thoughts are grounded in logic. Not tainted by personal opinion or popular opinion we must simply decide what makes perfect sense for the nation and then we need to act.

Legalizing Marijuana would first and foremost create jobs. You could easily limit where and when it could be grown so that kids couldnt just steal some plants from an unwary neighbor. Logic. Kids have been coming out of their houses with weed in their hands since I was knee high to a grasshopper! They always said they stole it from their parents! They would then smoke it and get high, eat some chips and burgers and then go back to being kids. Those with addictive behaviour would then go on to alchohol, tobacco and then true drugs. Now with perscription medications in nearly every home the experimentation with marijuana has been declassified by the youth of our nation to being something that is not all that impressive.

Listen, kids will be kids and they are going to try things that are supposed to be dangerous. That is what kids do. This is my opinion. When you legalize marijuana it is no longer all that cool. Alchohol, tobacco and perscription meds remain stigmas because of the limits the kids can rail against. Limiting what age they can smoke or drink only pushes them toward disobedience. Take it from a one time professional juvenile delinquent. Nothing is worth doing if someone isn't going to flip out about it!

Now, as far as the health issues of smoking marijuana they are not all that different from those caused by tobacco. In fact due to marijuana being an expectorant it is less deadly than tobacco. Also, people who smoke tobacco would be well advised to occasionally smoke marijuana because it helps clear out and open up your respiratory system. However it should be noted that regular long term marijuana use can cause cancer in much the same manner and degree as tobacco. This then becomes a choice. Would you rather smoke something just for the doing of it or would you rather smoke something that is going to help you relax?

Here is a story of a man I met while driving for a medical transportation company. He was in his mid fifties, was missing some fingers on one of his hands and had a genetic heart condition. His lovely wife expained to me that he died from a massive heart attack. She missed him and fell into a deep depression but she was proud that he had lived so long.

I asked her what she meant by that. She explained, "More than twenty years ago doctors said he would not live another two years. He had cancer in several places in his body and medicine at that time could do nothing for him." She asked the doctor what she could do if anything. The doctor then replied, "While i cannot tell you to do something that is illegal for fear of losing my job I can tell you that people are swearing marijuana is helping them cope with the disease."

They never went back to the doctor. Her husband took up smoking marijuana and proceeded to outlive doctor's predictions by eighteen years! When he died they did an autopsy and found that he had cancer throughout his body. Having never been weakened by the BS treatments given to cancer patients on most occasions he used marijuana to get past the nausea and sickness on his own. He continued working for years as a truck driver during which he suffered a stroke and lost some fingers. Apparently driving a tractor trailer for a living is more deadly than cancer or smoking marijuana! Before he died he advised I get out of the driving business when i could because it would shorten my life and ruin my relationships. He was a wise and strong man. Looking at him, talking with him, I would have never guessed why he was wearing those big sunglasses. I would have never known he was a pot smoker.

Throughout my life i have known many, many professional people with great careers and life paths. It just so happens that most of them also smoked marijuana regularly. No, not a criminal amongst them. On the other hand I have known many people who never got past that stage of life often attributed to teenagers. These folks give marijuana smokers a bad name, much like those who drink and drive give a bad name to drinkers.

Jobs. How about ending the criminal careers of all the slimy, sleazeballs who stalk the urban streets night and day looking for business. Suddenly they would be experienced sales persons in demand throughout the industry. Countless jobs would also be offered by the horde of growers that would take up the trade throughout the nation. The way the goverment taxes tobacco and alchohol could be copied here and the windfall for our economy would be legendary. Not to mention the millions and millions that are wasted on anti drug campaigns and enforcement. Those officers would be better utilized hunting down true drug traffickers. I am talking about peddlers of Heroin, crack, meph and meds to name a few. These are the true drugs, along with alchohol, and they deserve the focus of our efforts.

To close I think it is obvious the only reason marijuana is illegal at all is because the grand corpocracy deigns it be so. They pay the public servants to stand against what they know would be their greatest competitors and thus are allowed to continue their monopoly over our bank accounts. There is no danger from a pothead driving recklessly or going on a drug induced rampage. There is a danger of someone having a heart attack because they are only casual smokers. This happens on occasion when an inexperienced smoker intakes some truly potent weed or in some cases this happens to an older person who already has a heart condition of some kind.

My point is, considering logic in its totality, there is no reason for marijuana to be illegal. Not one. Still, I realize some brainwashed followers of the old white boy network may find cause to disagree. I challenge you then to prove the logic. Good luck.

Due to some question over my early statement about the funding of the commercials I investigated further to make sure i was not misinformed. Sometimes I rattle on without really explaining myself and I do apologize. The Partnership for a Drug Free America claims to be responsible for these adds, or at least the bulk of them. I am now providing a link with information explaining where the source of income for this and other organizations originally came from. I am not the expert on this matter but a certain Alex Jones is and you can find him if you look for him on the net.

http://govaporize.com/partnership-for-drug-free-america-funded-by-alcohol-tobacco-and-big-pharma/

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      TomBlalock 5 years ago from Hickory, NC

      While I agree for a variety of reasons that marijuana isn't dangerous enough to be illegal, I do have some qualms. I feel that in this article, your personal bias effects the credibility of your persuasive arguments. For example, the "This is Your Brain On Drugs'" articles were claimed in your hub to be the product of alcohol and tobacco partnership. A quick foray into the internet belies this statement, as it is attributed to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, which has also opposed alcohol abuse in the past as well. The claimants to this, such as wikipedia, provide source materials to back up these claims as well. I didn't continue reading past that point, because I felt that starting an article with such a misleading statement didn't lend itself to interest me past that point. So, I do agree with your message; marijuana isn't something we should be spending tax dollars opposing, but I do not think your hub presents a cohesive argument for why it was opposed to begin with, or why it should be legalized now. Thanks for taking the time to write it up, however.

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      I provided a link above to a site that will back up my claims. Please note I write for my enjoyment not for political gain, if my argument has holes in it then forgive me, please. My only interest here was to relay the fact that it would likely help our economy greatly if we were to make it legal, and that it is not nearly the stigma politicians would like the brain-dead to believe it is. THank you for reading however and have a nice day.

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      David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      It would relieve pressure on our prisons (but the for-profit prison companies wouldn't like that). It would cut illegal drug profits. It would criminalize less people. Tax receipts would go up. There are going to be those who go on to harder drugs regardless of whether they start with grass or booze. Of course there are bad things that would happen-- but not as bad as are already happening. We tried Prohibition. How did that turn out?

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Prohibition is a great example, thank you! Whether we smoke or not there are too few real reasons not to legalize.

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      TomBlalock 5 years ago from Hickory, NC

      There are many good reasons to legalize, but morally and ethically, none of them matter. At the heart of it, America isn't about "why to legalize" things. Its about "why not to illegalize." Knowing what we know today about the long term effects of marijuana, compared to both alcohol and cigarettes, which are legal, there is no logical reason the former should be illegal. Of course, I do realize one has to have reasons to repeal the illegalization of it, especially with the war on drugs having become so ingrained in the political landscape of America, but I still think it would be hard to make the case that it should be illegal in the first place by a rational person, especially in light of the increase in victimless offenders in prison from the day the U.S. started its war on drugs. If you're interested, check the wikipedia article on U.S. prison population, the chart shows an incredibly sharp rise in population starting at roughly around 1980.

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      You strike a chord here. A slightly off kilter gentleman I once knew used to suggest the victimless offenders were a way for the government to hide the true level of unemployment we would reach if all of those guys were not in jail. We used to ignore his rants but now in considering that prisons are contracted out and it is in their interest to have more inmates I have to wonder.

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      TomBlalock 5 years ago from Hickory, NC

      I wouldn't think so. That would generally imply the government is more interested in employment than they actually are. Especially considering the massive amounts of dollars that go into funding prisons and our prison system. However, I say that without having done any research. Perhaps you could do a hub on whether that is fact or myth, and whether there is any credible evidence to support its likelihood?

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      This is a very interesting topic and hub Barnsey...Great Job! Although I do not use the wacky tobaccy, I am not opposed to it either.

      We tried to make alcohol illegal once and prohibition failed miserably. I have to emphasize on miserably. Our war on drugs is NO different. We are losing miserably.

      Why are we losing miserably? It's because there's a market for it. No, let me rephrase...there is a HUGE market for it. As long as this market persists, people will find a way to get it.

      Nobody is stupid enough to let a billion dollar industry - legal drugs or illegal drugs - pass by. I have always argued that we have the war on drugs backwards. You don't get rid of the dealers. In order to win, you get rid of the users.

      It's not rocket science...if there's no market or you devalue a product...you eliminate the people trying to sell it. Who wants to sell drugs if nobody wants them? Uh, nobody.

      Which is why prohibition failed. Which is why our war on drugs will ALWAYS fail. Too many people want it, and will always want it.

      I consider the wacky tobbacy a lot less harmful than other drugs...even cigarettes. It's a waste of tax payer dollars to keep marijuana illegal.

      Once again, I don't even smoke the stuff, but I see the benefits more outweigh the negatives on legalizing pot.

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Great commentary! Thank you, it is a bit of a touchy subject and I can see why most people would not want to tackle it. Just by writing this hub I am sure I have been unfairly labeled, but being a long haired freak I am used to that sort of thing. Keep rockin' hubs out, Rabbit, I love reading you're stuff!

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      townmarshall 5 years ago

      I'd add the producers of nylon rope (like the duponts) lobby against hemp and marijuana. Prohibition creates a whole class of people who can't get a good job because of their arrest record keeping the impoverished in poverty.

      Prohibition laws cost a lot of money enforcing and incarcerating people who are not harming others. As a tax payer I don't want my money being used for that. My 2 cents

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Damn right, thanks for stopping by, TownMarshall!

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