I’ll start this off with a disclaimer. No, I am not here to raise the pothead flag and be an activist about the stoner subculture. I am merely vocalizing my take on the biases of this topic. My stand on it goes deeper than its legalization for personal consumption.
Unbeknownst to others, criminalization of marijuana tackles more than just on health and safety issues; it involves environmental cases, economic affairs, religion, and racism. This is how amazing the power of psychology has. The masses have been brainwashed into believing there is something evil in a neutral thing.
So let me get you in on some details about why illegalizing marijuana is one of the stupidest and low-blow decision the government has made.
I’ll start with the basics.
1. Health and Safety
In actuality, because of the chemical composition of marijuana and how it is taken, it has tons of medical benefits.
To name a few, the cannabinoids and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in the herb can:
- control epileptic seizures and muscle spasm;
- improve lung condition
- relieve pain;
- treat inflammatory bowel diseases;
- help the body’s metabolism and response to sugar;
- improve brain creativity and verbal fluency;
- help protect the brain from brain damage;
- stop cancer from spreading;
- slow down Alzheimer’s disease; and more
Yes, it increases the heart rate and lowers reaction time which can be a problem but nothing is perfect. Heck! Toothpaste has fluoride in it, which is a main ingredient in rat poison, and no one bats an eyelash about it.
Also, you can’t overdose on marijuana. You’d need to consume almost 1,500 lbs in about 15 minutes to induce a lethal response – not even Snoop Dogg could top that.
2. Environmental Cases
Weed isn’t only relevant in the medical field. Let’s not forget, it can be processed for other things such as, paper, canvas, rope, oil, textile, and plastic. Compared to other materials we use for such things, hemp has some pretty high edge over them.
- Trees usually need to be planted in the forest and need large areas for growth while hemp can be grown in farmlands. So if we were to substitute trees for commercial use with hemp, we would be able to lessen logging and save wildlife habitats and forests, stop erosion, and reduce water pollution from top soil erosion.
- Herb has fewer insect enemies and prevent weed growth, which means there is no need for pesticides and herbicides that are harmful for the atmosphere.
- In processing hemp to create such materials, there are fewer toxic chemicals needed for it.
- Hemp-based products are mostly recyclable and 100% biodegradable.
- Hemp produces biomass which can be converted to fuel in the form of renewable energy.
3. Economic Affairs
Relative to my point on the environment, the legalization of marijuana can open doors to the growth of this industry. More business means more money; more money is good for the economy. Look at it this way:
- The plant can offer commodities with better attributes than existing products. This can be an occasion for bigger investments, better trade, and more job opportunities.
- In producing paper, we’d need to wait for 20 to 50 years to harvest the trees needed for it. Hemp only needs 4 months, which means huge production of goods.
- The fact that lesser materials are needed for processing the plant for commercial use, means it it’s less expensive.
- There are sustainable ways for grow ops to produce marijuana so this lessens energy consumption and lowers costs.
Implementation of these can have a large-scale impact on the economy.
This is more of a personal conflict I have. Although I don’t see or hear any complains from religious groups, I feel the need to voice out about how offended I am for them.
Marijuana is an entheogenic symbol to a lot of religion. Rastafarians, Shamans, Hindus, and others use cannabis for spiritual rituals and divine correspondence. So to prohibit such use would be discriminative, and not mention, a contradiction to the constitution.
No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.
Last but definitely not the least would be racism. Contrary to popular belief, marijuana was not banned because of negative influences it had on people.
If I’m not mistaken, it was in the 1960’s, during the peak of racial discrimination, that the ban on cannabis happened. A thorough read on Bad Trip: How the War Against Drugs is Destroying America by Joel Miller, a book which has educated me a lot about drugs, taught me of the shallow history of this controversial issue.
The U.S. government started the ban on marijuana after white people began fraternizing with black people because of smoking weed. The blissful state the plant brought erased racial inhibition during that time and brought people together, if only for a minute. But the government didn’t like this because it meant losing control.
That’s how the propaganda against weed came about.