I won’t bore you with how it came up and I realize how non sequitur this post may seem, but I’ve had a realization. First, I’m a member of the pro-legalization of Marijuana. I see it as a great way for the government to generate billions in new revenue and the only way to undercut the bad guys and cartels that ramp up the crime rates as they and their ilk cut a path of destruction through our society all for the sake of peddling this now illegal drug. Think about that. So that they can make money, People’s lives are destroyed in so many different ways. Disgusting in my opinion. Tragic when you realize it can be stopped. If Marijuana was legal, it could be taxed, regulated and it would take the power away from the foreign cartels. The millions they make could be ours.
Okay, now that we have that clear, I realize there are many moral implications with this issue and for some it’s not so black and white. Some people think pot is a gateway drug and could lead to increased use. However, that very thing is happening with regular cigarettes and alcohol. Many on the right have historically been opposed to legalization, although ironically I think a great many of them partake despite their objections. One other group opposed to legalization is the cartels themselves. Yes. If pot is legal here, they lose their power and their income. If pot is legal, it becomes a simple commodity that can be traded openly in the marketplace and taxed just like anything else. No more power brokering. No more intimidation. They don’t want that. They want to hold onto their money and power and in order to do that they need to make sure we keep this drug illegal. They do this by funding groups that fight against legalization. They funnel money into conservative groups and religious groups in order to spread lies and misinformation. Classic smear campaigns just as William Randolph Hearst did when he fought against cannabis back when it was poised to threaten his paper empire. You hear that all you good church going folks? The odds are better than good that your ‘right thinking, Christian’ church is unwittingly helping to promote the current drug crisis we have in this country. That’s fact. You are being used by the cartels to fight the evil drug, but in reality you’re helping them make this drug a bigger problem.
Here’s something else to chew on. This has to do with the revelation I spoke of at the beginning of the post. This is an angle I had never thought of before, but it was brought to my attention this evening. It’s also bad for the environment. Do you know that many growers have crops in wild areas and in order to help their plants flourish, they kill other wild flowers and trees? They divert water and they inflict major damage to the local ecology. They also lay out poison bait in order to kill innocent animals that may eat their crops. They pollute and defecate in the immediate area, as they basically live out there and once the crop is done, they cut it up and leave and do you think they bother to clean up? No. Their garbage and poison is still out there.
The illegal drug trade is bad all the way around, but the drug itself isn’t. It’s no worse than alcohol and this is America. Do we not have the right to choose what we take into our bodies? Marijuana isn’t some carcinogenic poison cooked in a lab. It’s an organically grown herb that you can choose to use or not. The cartels have both sides of this argument at each others’ throats and doing so, they have managed to divert attention from themselves while their covert agenda gets pushed through by people who think they are really doing the right thing, but in this case, what seems like the obvious right answer simply isn’t. In this case, the only way to win the game, is to stop playing. Legalize Marijuana. Simple as that. Take the power. If it were legal, it could be grown freely and contained humanely with simple fences to prevent pests from eating the crop and legal and efficient irrigation systems to keep them watered. There are other issues to be worked out, no question, but in this case I think the good that could come outweighs those problems. Fewer people in jail. Less crime. More tax revenue for our cities. More availability for those who made need it for medical purposes, and it’s been proven to be effective for people suffering from Cancer as well as many other ailments. I wouldn’t be upset about this if the drug were illegal for a good reason, but it isn’t. It’s illegal so that criminals can make more money and that’s not right. This is one of those issues where people have to accept that the solution may not be what you want it to be, but despite that you need to think beyond yourself.