Legalization

Society criminalizes many behaviors it deems detrimental or dangerous. Some of these crimes are very egregious and need to be punished. Murderers don’t need to be free. Thieves should be locked up so they don’t commit their robbery ways. Many convicted of drug crimes are deservedly locked up.

However, some things are illegal that I think should at least be decriminalized. For instance, marijuana. Several states have made recreational marijuana use legal; others have made medical uses legal, while maintaining recreational use outlawed. About nine states, such as Idaho, Wyoming and Kansas, still outright ban its use or mere possession. Weed is still against federal law, which is why dispensaries in recreational-use states can only accept cash, and cannot deposit their money into a bank. Being federally regulated, the banking system cannot legally accept any form of drug money, including from the legalized sale of marijuana.

Now, why do I think it should be legalized, or at least decriminalized nationally? I have yet to see a single case of someone dying of an overdose of marijuana, as opposed to the deaths caused by alcohol poisoning or opiate overdoses. Oxycodone, hydrocodone and alcohol are perfectly legal to possess and use; marijuana is not everywhere. Percocet, Oxycontin, Lortab/Vicodin and alcohol have killed people who overuse them. In fact, opioids kill thousands every year, as do alcohol and antidepressants. Even Tylenol overdoses outnumber THC overdose deaths. There were something like 14 deaths in a year from too much THC in the last decade. Fourteen, compared to thousands. So why is marijuana demonized so much more than these other “legal” drugs?

George Carlin once said in one of his comedy shows about prostitution: “Selling is legal, fucking is legal. Why isn’t selling fucking legal? How come it’s illegal to sell something that’s perfectly legal to give away?” I’m not making light of human trafficking or sex slaves. When I say prostitution, I’m talking about those adults (men and women) who of their own volition decide to let people pay them to do all sorts of indecent sexual acts. If a person is forced into prostitution, then by all means their pimp needs to be punished. But, as I said before, if it’s someone who willingly does it, then it’s up to them. That would be a victimless act between two adults. I say victimless, as between those two people. If the john is a married man having an affair, then the prostitute should not be held accountable for the stupidity of their client. That’s a huge problem with society today: the lack of self-accountability—there always has to be someone else to blame for everything.

Motivational quote for the day:

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Confucius

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