Thoughts of a Smoker: Is Marijuana Immoral?
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Looking at the hilariously-real poster on the right, it's amusing in its McCarthy-like nature. But it seems, when discussing legalization, that morality is a factor, though not always directly evident. It can be seen as evil, as anything that would perhaps alter your consciousness might be a work of Satan, or immoral in another sense. So the question of the Hub: Is marijuana or the use of marijuana immoral for medicinal or recreational purposes?
What I'd like to address are the potential factors to consider when asking if, to any extent, marijuana is immoral. When considering this question, things like the definition of morality and the kind of use of marijuana must be addressed. Is the general use of hemp immoral? Can a plant be immoral in its very existence? Is the use of marijuana immoral only in the use for the alteration of one's mind? Then again, it is illegal, so is breaking the law, in itself, immoral? Let's look at the different factors:
The Plant Itself
Some religious people claim that the existence of marijuana is inherently immoral, and that it's evil and corrupting; young kids may smoke it and start sinning like mad! Its very possession, let alone use, is immoral and if you walk by and see it growing somewhere, then you're obligated by God and everything that is good to destroy the hideous creation! That is a rather extreme view, but is held by some, regardless.
Maybe if you use hemp as a rope, then you are free of moral wrongdoing. But what if you smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes? More than that, what if you smoke for recreation? Some claim that if you smoke to alleviate pain, then that is acceptable, but not in any other case. I ask, what about marijuana's nature makes its use acceptable for medicinal purposes, but not recreational? If someone morally smokes it to relieve back pain, are the effects felt besides the back relief a necessary evil, if it is the case recreational use is immoral?
What about the effects? Do the effects of the use effect the morality of its use? If you smoke for recreation and become dependent on the feeling and let it become essential for day-to-day life, what does that say about the morality, if anything? On the contrast, if you smoke and live a perfectly productive and happy life, does this mean that the recreational use was moral to begin?
Like anything, marijuana has the potential for dependency. So does chocolate, or gambling, or porn, or exercise. If the use of marijuana is immoral due to its addictive potential and possible outcome of paranoia or lethargy or the like, then is it moral if its use leads to solely positive effects like euphoria, relaxation, and general enlightenment?
Do you think marijuana is immoral?
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