One of the things we are always stressing is how legalization just makes sense, for the following reasons, among others:
1. Prohibition is not working; it is a waste of money.
2. Incarcerating people in some states for cannabis while allowing people in other states to sell and use it is unfair.
3. Jailing people for cannabis gives them an education in crime and a criminal record, which makes it harder for them to make it in the non-criminal world. These things increase crime, not reduce it.
4. Enforcement of our cannabis laws is so unfair and uneven that it has become the poster child for bad police and a bad legal system and that weakens our entire system. Again, lawyers love this argument for legalizing. See Marijuana And Racism: Bearing The Blunt Of The Problem.
5. Explain to us — using logic — why alcohol is legal (and it should be) but marijuana is not.
6. Why when cannabis is so clearly safe should the government get to decide who uses it, rather than the individual? See They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part LXIII.
7. If you want to keep pot out of the hands of children, legalization and regulation is how to do it.
8. If people are going to use cannabis anyway, and they are, should it not be taxed like any other product?
9. If people are going to use cannabis anyway, and they are, should it not be regulated for things like pesticides, just like any other farm product? See Is Your Pot Safe? Don’t Be So Sure.
10. Who would you prefer to profit from cannabis, American business owners or foreign drug cartels which then use their cannabis profits to expand their criminal empire? Marijuana Legalization: Bad For The Cartels
We could go on and on.
But then too there are the compassionate arguments:
1. Why prevent the sick from access to a safe medicine that alleviates their symptoms?
2. Why force loving parents to uproot their families to move to another state to get medicine for their own child?
3. Why make criminals of 90 year olds who use cannabis to stimulate their appetite in their dying days?
4. Why rip an 11 year old child from his mom merely because she consumes cannabis?
5. Why allow for the firing of a disabled person who was very much an able employee simply because he consumed cannabis (for medicine) during his off hours? See Firing Employees For Medical Cannabis: Colorado Supreme Court Says That’s Okay.
Politicians of all stripes are starting to ask these same questions and the other day, one of them in one sentence summed up beautifully the absurdity and the immorality and the inefficiency of criminalizing cannabis. GOP Representative Allen Peake of Macon, Georgia, who sponsored Georgia’s legalization bill (for certain medical uses) stated the following after it finally passed:
We can now begin the highly anticipated process of bringing our medical refugees back home to Georgia.
What a great quote. In one simple sentence it seems to say the following:
1. Why the hell did we let good people leave our state when all they wanted was to treat their own or some family member or friend’s medical condition? Compassion.
2. Why the hell did we let good people leave our state when it should be our goal to keep our good people? Common sense. Economics.
3. Why the hell did we as a government intrude so deeply into people’s lives? Common sense.
4. Why the hell did we as a government fight against the legitimate aspirations of our own people. Common sense. Civil liberties.
5. These are “our” people. Government is supposed to protect its people, not send them into exile. Common sense. Compassion.
5. Can we please stop letting reefer madness make us do really stupid things? Common sense.
This unadorned quote from a little known politician in the heart of Georgia ranks as one of our all time favorites. Common sense. And compassion. Pass it on…
What do you think?