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On Michigan Proposal 1

November 4th, 2008

Anonymous left a comment on Medical Marijuana in Michigan:

This article hurts the proposal more than helps it…while medicinal marijuana may prove beneficial, there are significant reasons why marijuana should not be legalized to the general public.

The crux of my post was, “Who cares if medicinal marijuana is on the ballot?” Medical marijuana may be a step in the right direction, but the real issue is “Why can’t (allegedly) free people be allowed to use it?”

I wonder why he didn’t list the “significant reasons”… Like the junk science that suggests marijuana is more harmful than tobacco? Nice try.

There may be a number of reasons why you’d prefer to abstain from the substance, but there is not a single, reasonable argument you can put forth to justify the violent interference with an adult’s peaceful and private decision.

Keep this in mind at all times: We’re not talking about you, trying to rationally convince people that they’re wrong. We’re talking about violence, perpetrated by agents of the State, against people who happen to have a habit that you simply don’t like.

That is, using all of the power and guns of the government, to force your opinions and beliefs upon those with whom you disagree.

Sorry, it’s never reasonable for a mature, rational adult to use violence in such a manner. Ever.

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  • Kel says on: November 4, 2008 at 1:40 pm

     

    In Georgia, if you to a public University, it is required you take a comprehensive English test called the Regents Test if you wish to graduate college. It’s relatively simple, so most people get it out of the way their Freshmen year. When I took it, my writing topic was on if marijuana should be legalized. At the time, I was pretty much a fundamental conservative: if the church says it’s immoral, it should be illegal.

    I started writing my essay (ignorantly and arrogantly in pen, so I couldn’t later go back and change it) leading with my point that it should remain illegal. I then proceeded to list the pros and cons of marijauana’s legalization, thinking it would easily justify my thesis. Suddenly, I found myself buried in a long list of pros, and very little cons. I remember leaving that test thinking I had bombed it, since the body of my work didn’t follow the thesis. (However, apparently all they were checking is if I could make coherent sentences, since I passed it).

    Even with the argument of proper use of force swept aside, the only real reason any conservative can cite for marijuana being illegal is a purely moral one. And typically you can easily get them to agree that morality shouldn’t be legislated by the government. But if you get to that point, it should be a great foothold to bring up the morality of the initiation of violence.

  • Zach S says on: November 4, 2008 at 7:04 pm

     

    What is morally wrong about marijuana? I can list a couple of far stretched morality issues , i.e. Some terrorists organizations receive money through the drug trade, etc.

    But other than these, which can be easily avoided by making it legal and/or legal to grow your own just like you do potatoes, corn, wheat, etc(all used to make liquor to which a religious zealot should regard just as immoral as marijuana).

    It is sad many laws and beliefs are still rooted deeply in an uneducated past. The laws were created from our ignorance and our fear of the unknown and we (as a society) can not seem to let the facts outweigh our past beliefs. Perhaps one day when generation X, Y, and Z are old enough to give a crap about politics that things may begin to change…maybe.

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