Dear Leaders…

15 May

 “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein

Dear Leaders,

Please decriminalize weed for these reasons:

  1. Marijuana ain’t just for hippies you know. A fair proportion of the population smoke it these days: about 2 million in the UK. That’s students, teachers, lawyers, doctors, judges, nurses, firemen, policemen, interior designers, musicians, architects, vets, dustmen, care workers, social workers; people from all walks of like smoke weed these days (i can vouch for this, ; i know quite a few of them). Are you seriously suggesting putting us all in your over-crowded, under-funded prisons? Really? With all the rapists and murderers? Lil old me? Am i the warped one for struggling to see how I’d deserve that? How it is constructive? How it benefits society?
  2. Monies. You’re not charging us a nice chunk of tax for the privilege. Imagine the extra revenue if it was somehow taxed; we could have the best schools in Europe with that cash. Plus, less money would be going to organized criminal gangs, as presently those of us that are not brave enough to grow our own, or lucky enough to know a grower, basically have to get it where we can (and God knows where it comes from). This is a situation borne entirely from the prohibition laws.
  3. It’s completely detrimental to your cause. Even if  cannabis was a bad thing, criminalizing it doesn’t stop people smoking. Addicts should be patients, not criminals, if you ever want to make any progress. I’m a smoker that wants to quit, I’ve been to various health professionals who all seem to be of the opinion ‘…it’s not crack!’ There’s no support for people like me (/end whine). It’s a lot cheaper to provide a bit of medical support to quit than it is to lock people up.
  4. There has NEVER been even one recorded fatality due to smoking weed.
  5. It is a plant. A herb. It exists naturally in our environment. Until it was outlawed (thanks, Nixon), it was actually a weed in the true sense, a wild plant that grew around and was worthless, except people used to use it in soup appetisers cos it ensured people really enjoyed their main course and dessert (munchies!). Only when it was banned, did it become cultivated, especially in developing countries where a valuable crop can be the difference betwen death and survival.
  6. Our brains have receptors designed specifically to respond to the active ingredient, as opposed to say, if you smoked actal grass (like, the lawn), which doesn’t have a chemical that our brains react to that i am aware of. This leads me to the conclusion that it is a human right to CHOOSE to smoke it, assuming no harm is caused to a person, animal or environment.
  7. Lying and appearing hypocritical (alcohol vs weed laws), especially to the younger generation, makes people  far less likely to trust you when you do have something worthwhile to teach us.

Have i missed anything?

Just to clarify my own position, i don’t necessarily think weed should be legalized. I don’t wanna be able to buy it at Tesco.

It won’t kill you and 90% of people will be occasional users. They’ll have a good time here and there, harm no one, and get up for work the next day. That’s not to say there are not people who will develop an addiction (or apparently in this case a ‘dependence’, but i struggle to see a real difference), and who will suffer negative consequences due to their drug use.

Weed can make you unmotivated, despondent, paranoid, depressed, poor and other bad stuff, if you abuse it. It can also ‘activate’ or aggravate mental health problems, if you have a predisposition.  But that’s the same as any drug, including alcohol, which can make you aggressive, irresponsible, unable to judge situations, paranoid, promiscuous, offensive and which CAN kill you. As with anything, it comes down to the individual and their choices, not the drug itself. The majority of people have a drink or 2 at the weekend and are absolutely fine, but some people will lose their job, house, money, friends and family because of their relationship with alcohol. It’s part genetics, part nurture, part socio-enviromental factors that make an addict.

Personally, I’d rather live in a world where most people got cained at the weekend, rather than obliterated drunk. I’d be a lot less scared to walk down our local high street on a Friday night. But I’d probably be in my PJ’s on the sofa with some ice cream, a good book and a spliff 😉

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2 Responses to “Dear Leaders…”

  1. thepeppypineapple May 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    TRUE!!!! Great post!!!

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