Why is marijuana still illegal in the US? Can anyone give me an honest and straight answer to that question? Marijuana has been illegal since 1937 and the reasons for its prohibition are numerous. Some of them are:
- Racism – The western states feared the influx of Mexican-Americans, who enjoyed smoking weed, and thus California was the first state to outlaw the plant’s preparation.
- Religion – Mormons who traveled to Mexico returned with the desire to smoke marijuana, the church was then in a huge uproar which lead to many areas banning marijuana.
- Jazz – As jazz music became much more popular, the culture that it carried, which smoked marijuana quite profusely, also became more common in the eastern states.
- Harry Anslinger – Appointed director of the newly created Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930. Harry had a strong desire to outlaw marijuana at the federal level which, at the time, was not allowed by the Constitution. Reading this mans comments in regards to marijuana use might make one think this guy was saying them while wearing a white hat with eye-holes cut out. I won’t repeat them but you can see them, as well as additional reasons for the outlawing of marijuana, for yourself here.
Many states, on their own, have attempted to decriminalize marijuana, none have ever succeeded. Proponents of making marijuana legal use the following arguments.
- Marijuana is no more toxic, dangerous, or addictive than alcohol or tobacco. This should be a matter of personal choice.
- Decriminalizing marijuana opens the doors for taxation, very similar to tobacco and alcohol, talk about a great way to reduce debt.
- Legalizing marijuana eliminates the need for users to visit dangerous drug dealers, crime rates would be dramatically reduced, users would be safer.
- Reduction of subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs as users obtaining drugs would no longer be getting from dealers who potentially offer other illicit drugs and would have less of a chance of being exposed to them. Studies showed that San Francisco marijuana users were twice as likely to use crack cocaine as Amsterdam users who purchase their marijuana from regulated businesses.
- It has been said that nearly 84% of male inmates have been incarcerated for drug charges. Imagine that a majority of those are marijuana related, given that it costs nearly $40,000 per year per prisoner imagine the cost savings.
To the contrary many arguments against legalization have been made. As you can probably guess, none of them make any sense.
- Subsequent abuse of illicit drugs, there are numerous marijuana users that don’t go any further than that.
- Increased crime, marijuana actually reduces a person’s tendency for violence.
- Increased usage, how is this any different from tobacco or alcohol, those are perfectly legal. If you’re addicted you’re addicted, doesn’t matter what substance it is.
Personally, I have no interest in trying marijuana, but at the same time I can’t see any real benefit to continue its prohibition. But you know who totally doesn’t get it, Hillary Clinton. While visiting Mexico, Hillary was asked for her opinion of proposals to address black-market violence by repealing drug prohibition.
Get READY! I’m about to blow your mind.
Hillary’s response was this, “I don’t think that will work. I mean, I hear the same debate. I hear it in my country. It is not likely to work. There is just too much money in it, and I don’t think that you can legalize small amounts for possession, but those who are making so much money selling, they have to be stopped.”
WHAT?!? There’s so much money to be made because they’re f-ing illegal, DUH!
At one point I would have voted for Hillary to be President if she ran again, I believe I’ve just changed my mind. Like so many other politicians she seems to be completely void of any logic.
- Tony Newman: Will Cigarettes Be Illegal in the Future? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Have a Toke (lewrockwell.com)
- Decriminalize Marijuana to Reduce Access for Minors? (pajamasmedia.com)