Legislators in Mexico City, the largest city in North America, are preparing to push through certain measures that would decriminalize and regulate the consumption of marijuana in the Mexican capital, a move that may speed pot legalization elsewhere in the continent
I want to warn you up front that this post has no deep knowledge behind it. I have not studied all the statistics and history of legalizing marijuana, nor do I have any personal experiences with it. I am only speaking from my knowledge of history and what I believe is common sense. But of course my common sense may be quite different from your common sense.
- Would it be better for alcoholics if all alcoholic beverages disappeared? Undoubted so. It would take the source of the addiction away.
- Would it be better for the addicted smoker (all smokers are addicted at one level or another) if tobacco disappeared? Undoubtedly so. It would take the source of the addiction away.
- Would it be better for if there were no guns in the world? Undoubtedly so. It would reduce the hundreds of needless deaths that occur every day.
Undoubtedly if there were no marijuana in the world there would likely be fewer people that go on to become addicted to other more damaging drugs. But, as is the case with each of the bullets above that is not likely to happen. We tried to eliminate alcohol decades ago only to turn it underground. We have taken steps to make tobacco more expensive and that has helped reduce it use but teenagers still get hooked on it when they use it to rebel against authority. We know through most other countries that restricting guns saves thousands of lives a year and billions of dollars in less crime but we still can’t even pass any restrictions on their sale.
Is it time to give up on our war with marijuana? Is that war costing us many times more than what its elimination would accomplish? I guess we will be finding that out in the not too distant future.