Legalizing Pot

I’ve only smoked pot twice in my life. Both times came shortly after I graduated college. The first time, smoking off a joint, I felt nothing. The second time, taking hits from a bong, I recall thinking I was wearing the Great Gazoo’s helmet. That was sort of cool.

Never smoked again. Don’t really have a reason. When I wanted to let loose, I drank to excess. It was comfortably familiar, in a way marijuana never was.

That being said, it’s time to legalize marijuana in this country. Regulate it, tax it, test it—whatever. Make people have to be 18 or 21 to buy—fine. But, in 2010, I’ve run out of reasons why it should be illegal. It’s not more harmful than cigarettes, lacks the horrible after vomits of booze, doesn’t impair driving nearly as much as a bunch o’ beers. Plus, the money it could generate this government would be huge. Hell, we legalize gambling under certain circumstances, and it’s undeniable that’s a significantly more harmful habit than getting high.

At this point, criminalization is just a dumb joke. Make it legal, work out the complications and move on …

It’s time.

9 thoughts on “Legalizing Pot”

  1. What about people that light up a doobie near kids? Don’t you get high off the second-hand smoke? (I really don’t know, pretty naive at age 39.)

  2. As a former heavy smoker I would also add Pot is NOT a gateway drug.
    What does happen is when someone goes to a dealer to pick up a bag, the dealer often has other product that he wants to get rid of.
    A free sample is not unusual with the hope to sell more. Sort of like going to Costco for all those free samples.
    Legalize it and take it out of the hands of the guy that wants to get people on something that may destroy a life.

  3. As a casual smoker, I agree wholeheartedly. I never drive when high and always smoke in my residence. I find it a good way to relax after a long and stressful day. The last thing I want is to worry about a cop busting in and arresting me for small time possession.

  4. Yes, Johnny Walker is legal & more dangerous. But, that doesn’t mean we should just let Mary Jane waltz right into the SaC.

    We don’t wanna tarnish our great Substance Abuse Chamber! The SaC is sacred!

  5. I’m another conservative that totally agrees with you on this, Jeff. I have never heard a compelling argument why marijuana should be illegal when more dangerous substances are legal. Let struggling farmers grow it, corporations manufacture it, retail outlets sell it, consumers purchase it and the government tax it. It seems to me that everyone wins in such a scenario.

  6. As someone that smoke socially, I would much rather smoke than drink any day. There was an incredible documentary about this topic called “The Union” I encourage that people watch it, that includes you Jeff. It really is an amazing movie and left me absolutely speechless.

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