They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part LXXII

If everyone is breaking the law, the law loses its force.
If everyone is breaking the law, the law loses its force.

My theory is that everything went to hell with Prohibition, because it was a law nobody could obey. So the whole concept of the rule of law was corrupted at that moment. Then came Vietnam, and marijuana, which clearly shouldn’t be illegal, but is. If you go to jail for ten years in Texas when you light up a joint, who are you? You’re a lawbreaker. It’s just like Prohibition was. When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society. You see?  Orson Welles

He’s right, of course. Prohibition is not working and it won’t work. And what this means is that people feel justified in consuming cannabis, whether it is legal or not. And people resent a legal system that makes cannabis illegal for no good reason. And included in that legal system are the police officers that arrest people for cannabis, which people believe they should be allowed to consume.

And what all of this does is generate a resentment and a distrust of the legal system, which in turn leads to a weakening of the legal system, which then in turn leads to an increase in crime. This really is legal philosophy 101.

So if you want to shore up the legal system, you legalize cannabis.

Just my way of one extreme (but very recent) example, detailed in this Washington Post article, In Texas, police search woman’s vagina for marijuana. Can you read this article without getting mad? Can you read this article without wondering how crazy a legal system and a police force must be to engage in conduct like this? Does this not make you doubt our legal system? This incident likely never would have happened were cannabis legal. You (and others) would not be angry and your doubts about the law would be at least slightly less.

Legalization, it just makes sense. Do you agree?