On A Federal Level.

I think Marijuana should be available for medicinal as well as recreational use. In high school right after Reagan started his War on Drugs I did my senior thesis on the decriminalization of drugs. Research showed even back then in the late 80's that there are very positive results when natural substances such as marijuana are managed rather than criminalized. I am not even talking about the medicinal benefits which could have saved my grandfathers life while he suffered through chemo therapy but refused to use because it was illegal and the morphine that was legal made him sick and was eventually what suppressed his respiratory system and ended his life. He was a good man and didn't want to break the law and chose to end his chemo therapy because of the side affects, cost and pain associated with it all. Besides the medicinal benefits just the drop in crime associated with addiction would pay for itself. The revenue from taxation would be a nice benefit too. However I think most people would just grow their own and then trade. Amsterdam has had a system that works similar to this and the facts are well documented proven to have enhanced and improved society as a whole.

Nothing has changed since the War on Drugs first went into affect except more death, prison sentences and total fricking chaos across the border. It has not improved anything at all, it has gotten worse. Just pick up a Mexican Newspaper and read.

In order to legalize we need to educate and provide and antidote to all the years of propaganda and lies spread by misinformed and biased leaders. Majority rules and there are still very large numbers of people across this Nation who truly don't know the reality of what is going on or why it is the way it is in the first place. The media doesn't seem to help. Every time there is a rally or a public out cry before an election the media zeros in on the people who society likes to stereotype and blame. That doesn't help the cause and just like the media was used to criminalized it the media should be used to decriminalize it and educate people.

I was raised around Marijuana and grew up surrounded by pot smokers who are all well educated, successful and have and continue to contributed to society. They smoke it because they like it. Why don't we see this in the media? Sure the medicinal aspect is a no brainier but there really is so much more going on there. Besides the pharmaceutical companies losing big time if it is decriminalized so with the alcohol and tobacco industry. That is what we are really up against and simple misinformed ignorance.

Until it is legal on a Federal level I won't rest. BTW I am not a pot smoker, just an advocate.I
LaureMC LaureMC
41-45, F
1 Response Aug 5, 2010

That is an excellent question. <br />
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I used to blame drugs for almost everything that was wrong with my life because I was raised with a mother who used regularly. She was for the most part selfish, mean and unstable emotionally. I also blamed the drugs and my conditioning by people who used them for how and why I ended up attracting the man that I did. <br />
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It is easy to make a rash judgment ba<x>sed on a painful experience or many of them however it has become too socially acceptable to blame drugs for why people do stupid and destructive abusive things. When in reality they are doing those things because of life experiences that affected them emotionally or in some cases physically as with a head injury or personality disorder, learning disability or chemical imbalance that goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. <br />
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With my ex marijuana was the only thing to keep him from having extreme anxiety and psychological breakdowns. Marijuana didn't cause his problems, mental illness and a lack of moral integrity did. Also a lack of faith and self esteem were his problems too and he developed those traits from his Ivy League stuck up and arrogant family. A family with enough power and money to enable him to fly under radar and get away with his bad behaviors. A family too proud to get him the treatment he needed as a young man or accept they had in some way damaged him with all their brainwashing and conditioning about genetic supremacy and superiority.<br />
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People who can not use a drug, including alcohol, recreation-ally and become habitual users or abusers have addiction disorders and regardless of whether the drugs are legally prescribed or kept as a controlled substance doesn't change the fact that these types of people will be abusing something. <br />
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If Marijuana was legal it would end the violence, crime and stereotyping that it is associated with it. Keep in mind however I am for decriminalizing Marijuana and not other drugs such as Meth or LSD or Heroine, PCP etc. This is only about Marijuana. <br />
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The myth that Marijuana is a gateway drug is again ba<x>sed on the user. As I was raised in a culture that used habitually I have seen with my own eyes that most long term smokers use Marijuana as their drug of choice and it minimizes the amount and frequency they use other drugs. Most of the marijuana users I know don't drink alcohol and don't smoke cigarettes and interestingly enough many of them, unlike like ex, are highly functioning and well connected members and supporters of society.<br />
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I have a hard time explaining this to people who were raised in drug free homes and had the privilege of having a drug free life and I think the answer to the war on drugs is education. Make it an education on human nature, personality types and drugs. <br />
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In high school I did my senior thesis on Drugs and had hoped that by researching and providing facts in this essay that I could encourage my mother to quit. But what I found then ba<x>sed on information from books I read at the University library was that in Europe they solved their social and moral drug problems with legalization and education combined in a responsible and controlled setting. Statistics proved then as they do now that crime and addiction rates and deaths dropped as a result of making their policies structured around the core issue which is the people and not just the drugs. <br />
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I hope this helps you understand a bit more of where I am coming from.