Monday, August 12, 2013

Pro/con: legalizing marijuana

Before I even begin this diatribe, let me start by saying I am for the legalization of medicinal marijuana and I have never personally smoked marijuana - though I know people that have and continue to do so.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently aired a special this past Sunday on CNN titled "Weed", that I believe lays out the foundation for a good case of pursuing medicinal marijuana.  You can read his article here.  You can watch the full length documentary here.

My personal belief on the matter is that something organically grown in the ground that can heal ailments will always be a better alternative to something concocted and created within a laboratory.  I especially like Dr. Gupta's statistic of every 19 minutes someone dies from overdose of prescription medication while there is not a single documented case of someone overdosing on marijuana.

Aside from the medical benefits, let's face the honest truth - there is money to be made here.  Lots of money and in lots of different ways.  The government can make money by taxing and fining improper farming/usage.  The government can SAVE money by not incarcerating people for simple marijuana drug use.  Citizens can make money by going into the marijuana business - whether as growers or retailers.  Citizens can SAVE money by not being forced (or at least having alternatives) to very expensive prescription narcotics.

Now the supposed downsides - the main two that people often cite are (1) addiction and (2) that marijuana is a gateway drug.  To the first I'm simply going to reply that - yes, it is possible to get addicted to marijuana HOWEVER - the addiction rates are lower than that of alcohol and cigarettes (both legal substances).  To the second, I find this one to be complete balderdash - people aren't going to jump from marijuana to cocaine simply because they've tried marijuana and have gotten a taste of something "exotic and illegal".

If you haven't heard, several TV channels developed programs specifically surrounding the marijuana industry in states where it's legal - I highly suggest you give them a watch.  Especially for those people who are against legalization simply because they believe that teenagers want to use legalization as an excuse to "get high".

Disclaimer: this post is purely my opinion and is not meant to offend any one in any way.  If you choose to comment on this post, please do so respectfully.

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