5 Reasons For And Against The Legalization Of Marijuana

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Most of us use marijuana on a consistent basis and nothing would please us more than legalization. That and two chicks at the same time, right, Peter? But while legalization sounds like a grand plan, is it really worth the trouble? Five reasons for and against  ensue. Need not apply to our California visitors, California is the Marijuana Mecca, even if Prop. 19 doesn’t pass (which we hope it does).

5 REASONS FOR:

1.) WHY THE HELL NOT?!

If I could count how many people I know who smoke marijuana on my fingers and toes I’d have to kill several hookers to get some extra digits.  In all seriousness, everyone who smokes marijuana from lawyers and students to nurses and paramedics, can easily fall in love with the idea of that sticky Kush being as readily available as the cereal you eat when you’re baked. No more ducking and dodging the boys either, who doesn’t like to get blazed out in the open? We didn’t even go over the obvious medical benefits, which include helping cancer and AIDS patients as well as PTSD sufferers and anorexic teenage gi- we mean people with eating disorders.

2.) It STIMULATES THE ECONOMY

This point for legalization has been passed around but many dismiss it as a “quick fix”. Marijuana will never go out of style. Bongs, joints, vaporizers, and a slew of other smoking devices will always put the fun in smoking. Besides that, it’s a renewable resource. Instead of giving bailouts to rich folks and cutting programs for the ones who actually need it, marijuana transcends economic and social class. Everyone likes to get high.

3.) COULD END THE WAR ON DRUGS

Sorry Tricky Dick, the only people fooled by this farce are the same folks who think marijuana should be a Schedule I narcotic, which is the same category as HEROIN and PCP. It may be an oversight but we think marijuana may be just a little less addictive and destructive than those nightmares. Billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent throwing non-violent offenders in jail and wasting resources prosecuting said offenders. Look at Portugal. Why are these stats being ignored?

4.) IT CREATES NEW ENTRY LEVEL JOBS

Someone’s got to watch the grass grow. Another hazy area in the legalization process, would legalization really create more jobs? Sure someone needs to cultivate it, maintain its upkeep and health, factor in the extra help needed during harvesting season… Guess it would create more jobs. Shipped across countries you say? You need truck drivers for that, and pilots for planes to transport it internationally. If every state had a hundred or so dispensaries, that’d have to be a couple thousand jobs.

5.) IT’LL GIVE THE BOYS IN BLUE A REST

If there’s one demographic that would be positively affected by legalization, it’d be law enforcement. Instead of chasing down some stoned high school kid for a dime bag, he may be able to catch all the rapists and murderers that run around. Something tells me their brains are under the influence of something much stronger than THC. There are cops that smoke marijuana too, so it would make their life a lot easier as well. Maybe not on their physical evaluations but then again if we’re all blazed committing crimes is just…too much work, man.

5 REASONS AGAINST

1.) WORK RELATED ACCIDENTS

Sure, there’s going to be laws in place that would prohibit employees from smoking on the job, but how many times have you lit up an hour or so before work just to get that comedown buzz as you roll into work? Millions of workers take a drink before or at work, so it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that if marijuana were legalized, the irresponsible folks would mess up somewhere along the road. The few would ruin it for the masses, and thus we are back where we started.

2.) THE INTERVENTION OF BIG BROTHER

If it makes money, the government will have their hand in it, whether we like it or not. Marijuana itself is an entire culture and lifestyle, and to have it ruined or controlled by the government is a sad state of affairs. From big tobacco companies growing their chemically enhanced marijuana to other companies using machines and robots to cure and harvest their product, government intervention takes out what seems to matter most in marijuana cultivation; love and a human touch.

3.) ALL THE POLITICAL RED TAPE

In a perfect world everyone would use marijuana responsibly and the government would stick their big fat nose somewhere else, but that’s a pipedream (pun most definitely intended). Many lobbyists and politicians would love to find/create loopholes that would help them and most likely end up hurting us. Politics has a far reach, and virtually nothing is  safe from it. With laws and amendments and even filibustering, it can get a little intense.

4.) CRIME

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Marijuana makes you lazy but we can’t shake the feeling that some jerk off would have the keen idea to knock over a dispensary for their stock. As mentioned above in a perfect world, this wouldn’t happen. Marijuana would be plentiful and everyone would be able to light joints and enjoy themselves. Besides more marijuana-related crime would only get bad press, which would once again land us back where we started

5.) BAD BUSINESS

Money is money. Whatever makes a lot of money a lot of people want a lot to do with it. Would legalization just make marijuana another commodity to be bought and sold like t-shirts and shoes? Would the Wal-Marts and Targets of the world rule the business end of the joint with an iron fist, treating their employees like shit and offering sub par products? We still buy marijuana today, but don’t you feel slightly better knowing that your bud wasn’t grown by a 9 year old kid in a sweatshop in Nicaragua or Indonesia? Plus, there are no creepy greeters when you go meet your dealer, unless your dealer is creepy.

Millions of other points for and against the legalization of marijuana can be thrown around all day. Decriminalization seems like a smarter step, but we aren’t political analysts. Let us know your thoughts!

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