Let me first state that I don’t partake in smoking (or ingesting) marijuana; it’s just not for me. I tried it in my younger years as a teen and it just didn’t take. My body tends to have the opposite or no reaction to drugs or medicines in general. For example, DayQuil (that’s supposed to keep you awake) puts me to sleep and NightQuil (that’s supposed to help you sleep), yep, you guessed it, keeps me awake. In general, most pain relievers don’t do anything for me. That being said, I don’t besmirch anyone who smokes marijuana; to each their own. I’m of the opinion that people can do (almost) whatever they want as long as they’re not hurting anyone while doing it. Marijuana, from what I’ve seen and understand, makes people fairly relaxed and, well, get the munchies. I understand ingesting marijuana (edibles) has a more pronounced effect on the body due to the way the body processes it (through the liver) and if not careful, can cause some bad experiences; or so I’ve heard.
In recent years, many states (I live in one of them), legalized the recreational use of marijuana. This was done by the People voting for it. Now this of course flies in the face of the federal laws that outlaw marijuana. For reasons unknown, although I’ve heard Joe Rogan explain it number of times, the federal government classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I is defined as:
Schedule I substances are described as those that have the following findings:
- The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
- The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
- There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
Some other drugs on Schedule I include: heroin, LSD, MDMA (“ecstasy”), GHB (date-rape drug), etc. As I mentioned earlier, marijuana is pretty mild compared to some other drugs. Certainly no more dangerous than the prescription drugs doctors pass out like candy or alcohol for that matter. So, as I said, some states have passed laws, voted on by the People, that allows for recreational, personal use of marijuana. The federal government now wants to start enforcing the federal laws that prohibit said use in those states. One could argue that it’s a States rights thing and the federal government should bud out. The other argument is that the federal laws are law of the land or, in Latin (I don’t speak Latin), lex terrae, or legem terrae. From legal perspectives, both are valid arguments and will be debated until the end of days. From a logical perspective though, it makes no sense that marijuana is illegal but alcohol, which is far more addictive and has more adverse effects, is legal in every way. Then there’s all those opioids out there that doctors prescribe that no one really knows the true side-effects of except that they are extremely addictive and, because of their high cost, cause people to turn to drugs like heroin because it’s cheaper.
I think some of this needs to be re-looked at again. To be honest, what people do on their own time, to themselves, is really their business and not for anyone, the government especially, to say otherwise. If they’re not hurting anyone else, let them be. Some would argue that if drugs were made legal (once upon a time drugs like heroin, cocaine, marijuana, etc. were all legal), there would be less crime. It’s when they’re made illegal that people do illegal acts to get them. Case in point, when alcohol was made illegal with the Eighteenth Amendment, bootlegging and speakeasies came about. It gave us wonderful characters like Al Capone. Rumor has it that this was how the Kennedy family made it’s fortune; ironic when you think about it with Robert Kennedy becoming the United States Attorney General.
And that’s all I have to say about that.