Like a lot of people of my generation, I grew up with a bunch of stoners.
A lot of our parents were hippies, the people that made pot popular, so when it comes to the “devil’s lettuce, Generation X never really saw it as a big deal.
Now, while I have smoked pot a handful of times over my almost 50 years on the planet, I never got into it.
I’m a control freak. My biggest fear in life is that something will happen right in front of me that I could have stopped if I hadn’t been too high to get involved.
In fact, I don’t drink alcohol for the same reason. It’s just not my thing.
I get my “highs” from working out (don’t you judge me).
However, just because I don’t drink or smoke pot (or do any drugs actually) doesn’t mean that I don’t think you shouldn’t have the right to choose whether YOU do.
And it’s time to have a serious talk about this.
Why am I writing about something that I don’t really care about?
Well, because I see the legalization of marijuana as less of a right to alter your mood or get stoned out of your mind and more of a right of American choice.
Freedom VS. Safety – You Know The Deal
Today is April 20th, and marijuana enthusiasts have adopted this day as their “holiday.” 4:20 is cannabis culture’s slang for the herb.
So, in honor of this day, I figured we would take a look at it from a non-smoking Conservative’s perspective.
Cannabis is a weird thing for Conservatives.
Evangelicals will tout it as a gateway drug full of potential for sin, but most of them have zero problem with alcohol, which has more damaging properties and fewer medical benefits than cannabis (yes… cannabis has a TON of medical purposes).
This is why it should be looked at as an issue of American rights.
Conservatives need to decide what’s more important to them: freedom of choice or poorly protecting the public from a naturally-occurring plant with both healing and intoxicative properties.
I choose freedom every time. But I digress…
Over the past decade, more and more states have legalized the use of marijuana, first with a medical card and then recreationally in many of the states that tested their water with medicinal use.
However, the federal government still views this plant as a Schedule I drug, which means that many of the states that have legalized marijuana are in direct opposition to federal law.
That being said, for decades, Democrats have promised that enough of them were elected into office, they would do whatever they could to get marijuana legalized.
Will Joe Keep His Campaign Promises?
Even Sleepy Joe Biden himself said on the campaign trail that he would work on decriminalizing cannabis (which is a LOT different from legalizing it), saying, “I think we should decriminalize marijuana, period. And I think everyone – anyone who has a record should be let out of jail, their records expunged, be completely zeroed out.”
That’s one area in which I and the President agree… sort of.
The problem with simply decriminalizing it is that fact that it is still technically “illegal” in the eyes of the law and offenders could STILL face fines or other civil punishments.
And while Biden sees this as the best course of action, I think we should legalize it 100%.
I have many reasons for this, but the biggest is the fact that marijuana is NO different than alcohol…and if Americans are responsible enough to drink poison (seriously, alcohol IS poison, though it can be a delicious and fun poison), then they can smoke a naturally-occurring herb.
However, something tells me that Sleepy Joe isn’t going to follow through.
He’s too busy trying to destroy Trump’s legacy of accomplishments to care about tackling the marijuana issue.
So, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Odds are, Joe won’t address marijuana – and if he does, he’ll do less than what he promised to do during his campaign.
There’s just too much money fighting against marijuana. Both the alcohol and medical industries have DEEP pockets and are willing to fork it out to protect their livelihood from weed.
I already gave my opinion.
It should be legalized. 100%.
And this is coming from a non-smoker, non-drinker, and self-labeled control freak.
This is about freedom, plain and simple—and I believe we should have more of it, not less. Especially when it comes to a naturally-occurring and proven safe substance like marijuana.
But then, I’m not making money from keeping it away from Americans like Sleepy Joe and his cronies.
So, maybe I’m not the best authority.
“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” – Bob Marley