Advocacy

They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part LXVI

Government exceeds its role when it seeks to protect us against ourselves.

Our nation was founded by those who — more than anything — wanted to be free. Free to govern themselves. Free to make their own decisions. So on this July 4 — serendipitously, a “Quotable Saturday,” we celebrate that freedom with two great quotes on freedom that are cannabis relevant.

The first is from President Reagan: “Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”

The second is from the late Madeleine L’Engle, a writer of Children’s books:“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”

Together these quotes help to make the single greatest argument for legalization: Freedom of choice.

Assume for a minute that all the studies showing cannabis is an effective medicine are wrong. And assume even that cannabis is as harmful for you as cigarettes and alcohol and bad diets and not exercising and ice cream and sleeping pills. Or even just assume that cannabis is arguably as bad as all of these things. We still should legalize it for one simple irrefutable reason. The choice on whether to partake in it (just as is true of cigarettes, alcohol, bad diets, Diet Coke, not exercising, ice cream and sleeping pills) should not be for the government to make, but you. Rightly or wrongly.

Enough said.

Enjoy your 4th.

Let freedom ring….