- Aug27/08 15:43:04
- Listening To Matchbook Romance - Monster
- Feeling chillin'
- Smoking a blunt
Does anyone else support keeping marijuana illegal?
There has been a lot of talk from my co-workers lately about Barak Obama and his stance on legalizing weed. They're all prepared to go and actually vote this election because of it. They want to be able to go to a store, buy some pot, and walk around smoking joints like they were cigarettes. I doubt things would ever get that liberal but it seems to me that legalization of marijuana would be a very bad thing for those of us who enjoy it on even a semi-regular basis.
The first thing that would happen, if pot was legalized, is a spike in prices. There would be so many sin taxes on it that the high price of name brand cigarettes would seem like a steal. The goverment would have to get money out of it somehow. Noone does anything for free.
The next step would be regulation. Special interest groups, such as Mother Against Drunk Driving, would be up in arms and insure that the government regulated the amount of actual marijuana one could get, or more likely, the amount of THC in the marijuana. That means you could go in, spend $60 on a laughable amount of weed and after you get done smoking it all up a little while later, you're left with only a slight buzz because it has almost non-existant levels of THC.
This would also lead to greater degrees of punishment for those caught selling non-regulated or non-approved marijuana. The stuff you get from your dealer now would be black market goods, not only illegal as before but worse since the government would then be losing money on anything not sold through their system. Don't think so? Try to grow cigarette tobacco sometime. You'll get in more trouble being caught for that than for growing your own pot.
I say keep marijuana illegal. What needs to change is the penalties. Marijuana needs to be taken off of the list of schedule 1 narcotics. Granted, so does MDMA as it has been approved by the FDA and is still used for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but that's a rant for another time.
Marijuana needs to be lowered to schedule 3 or below on the list of narcotics. Keep it illegal but get rid of the ridiculous penalties for possession or selling. Those are my thought on the subject anyway...