Well, to the end of the prohibition of marijuana, anyway. And other things should be legalized, but we have to do these things slowly, apparently.
For the record, I do not care for marijuana. I do not mind other people using it—I mean, at all. It just is not my thing. And yes, I tried it a few times. It’s effects are minor and do not appeal to me, personally.
If things being unappealing to me were banned, we would live in a world without vegetables or vaginas. But I like the letter V—that’s just an odd coincidence. Um, we would not have summer weather, either. Facial hair, cigarettes, sports, and reality television would be gone forever. It would be a perfect world.
In reality, however, we cannot just ban things because we do not care for them. In most cases, we should not want to ( an exception, cigarettes, are an assault upon everyone around you, smelling awful and impairing their health—do it in private, and that means not around anyone else in your house, either—like using the bathroom, and for similar reasons). Personal recreational use of drugs is such an intuitive human right that I find it mind-boggling that that it is illegal anywhere in the civilized world, and yet it is.
There are a few drugs that present clear dangers to others than those who take them. Meth, of course. In addition to the alarming behavioral differences seen in meth-users, the making of the material is a tremendous health hazard—and potentially explosive. Even long after those who had been preparing the drug are gone, the homes in which they make it can make unwitting new residents sick. PCP is another example of a drug that sometimes makes quite reasonable people into crazed lunatics. For the most part, other recreational drugs, including a number of “hard drugs,” do not make people into dangerous people unless the people in question were fairly on-edge to begin with. Similarly, no one starts a drunken fight that they would not have considered starting when sober.
Colorado and Washington passed ..
… ballot initiatives early last month in which they approved the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. This is a step in the right direction in terms of human rights and liberties and in terms of doing what we can to combat the dangerous, violent, and wealthy drug cartels that the US War On Drugs has fed and sustained over the past few decades.
An illegal substance that must be primarily made in another location and smuggled to where there is a market for it is always going to create organized crime. That is how organized crime came to be in the early Twentieth Century in the US—the prohibition of alcohol. The cartels are worse, and they are not only an affliction upon our country. When marijuana can be safely grown by private citizens everywhere in the United States, the cartels will begin to starve. They will not go away immediately, but they will shrink and likely latch onto new means of making money. Perhaps they will be gone within a century’s time. And the the money that they used to receive for drugs will remain in circulation within the United States rather than being exported to violent criminals.
Unfortunately, this will be a long and complicated process. Bizarrely, the United States Federal Government, which is currently a lot more reasonable than a number of state governments (not enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act, they do have the Death Penalty, etc.), is opposed to the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana is still illegal on the Federal level, and while Federal law-enforcement has said that they are not interested in preventing anyone in Washington or Colorado from having a “personal stash,” they have said that they will continue to enforce the law in cases in which they believe that someone is becoming a dealer.
Eventually, the US will be a country in which there are no real obstacles to a woman having complete control over her reproductive health—even if she is a minor. Eventually, this will be a country in which men and women can marry members of the same sex and receive legal recognition for it. And, eventually, we will be a country in which people’s lives are no longer ruined because their most effective medication or their preferred recreational substance happens to be illegal. I am just a little impatient for that day to arrive.
PS: Have you guys seen the new iTunes version? It’s version 11, I think. It’s a semi-major update, and it is so stupid that if my hate could manifest on the material plane, there would a tremendous monster of fire and venom demolishing every Apple Store and office building on the planet right now.