The Lost War on Drugs

“I don’t think it is no more dangerous than alcohol…”

The above statement sent a surge of shocked brainwaves across the board of observers as President Obama commented on the recreational usage of marijuana. In the past, Obama has admitted to partaking in the recreational use of the narcotic during his adolescent years – also during a time period when it was illegal on all levels in all states. Currently with states such as Colorado and Washington legalizing the recreational use of marijuana along with many other states preceding the legal use of medicinal marijuana, it should come as no surprise that the President would truly support one of his old vices with this statement: “It is important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished”. With the most powerfully influential man backing up one of the most lucrative legislative experiments in history thus far, will legalizing this drug be an aggrandizement or a disaster for society?

40 years ago, only a very small portion of marijuana legalization activists in American were in favor of the “civil union” way legalizing marijuana usage no matter if were for its medical or recreational purposes. Today, 85% of Americans support medicinal legalization, and 58% of Americans are in favor of the legalization of recreational marijuana. That’s a significant shift in opinion in favor of the legalization as compared to those during the Baby Boomer years. Possible reason for this shift: the projected amount of money to be made, estimated to be in the hundreds of billions. With that comes extra federal tax obligations, however, those who profit the most won’t mind as they carry duffle bags of cash to the nearest bank for depositing. So far, there are 20 states that have enacted laws to legalize medicinal marijuana, followed by Colorado and Washington legalizing its recreational use. It is rumored California, Maine, Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Vermont, Nevada, and Rhode Island are on the list of those states next to legalize recreational use of the narcotic; definitely an aggrandizement for the economy.

While the Department of Justice clearly stated they will be focusing more on prosecuting those who are distributing the drug “illegally” rather than those who are using the drug, the Legislature is more concerned with how much further drug activists will push their limits. As each state joins in the legalization of marijuana on either level of usage, the expectation of receiving a variety of theoretical proposals pertaining to the benefits of legalizing the usage of other more powerful drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, are anticipated to appear shortly. If Legislature is pressured to legalize the more potent drugs in some form or fashion, that may very well end up turning America into an overnight disaster.

Given either argument, (for or against marijuana) there will be developmental milestones of change among American society as time moves, either as a whole or part, with so many checkpoints yet to uncover on how to continue the war on drugs without becoming a prisoner of war within our own estate.

©2014 Learus Ohnine

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2 thoughts on “The Lost War on Drugs

  1. Personally I smoked grass, probably my weight’s worth in my adolescent years. I’m 67 so that is a looooong time ago. LOL I also drank my share at that time. Haven’t had any grass in 45 years or so, and drink alcohol very little.

    What I do know though was prohibition of alcohol was a miserable failure. Prohibiting drugs has also been a miserable failure. Plus BILLIONS of our country’s dollars are going to support illegal drug cartels who get rich smuggling it into the country or makiing/growing it here. To say nothing of the DRUG WARS among these cartels that cost the lives and/or sanity of people in the US and Mexico, Colombia and other countries.

    I’m a health care professional and I’ve read a great deal about the effects of marijuana and I’ve seen first hand the effects of alcoholism. None of it is “pretty” but at the same time, you cannot outlaw VICES…prostitution is illegal most places but it still flourishes. Arresting the prostitutes and/or the Johns doesn’t stop it and many times people prostitute themselves to get money to buy drugs. People rob others to get the money to buy drugs.

    Meth and other “hard” drugs DESTROY the users and their families, but possibly by legalizing Marijuana less people will resort to the more lethal drugs. It will save taxpayers tons of money by incarcerating non violent drug users and small time sellers as well.

    I imagine that there will be (should be any way) long term studies on the brains of us old hippies who smoked grass (some still do). I hope there is not found any long term damage, but I can’t say there is none and neither can anyone else.

    People are going to get what they want whether it is legal OR illegal. Being illegal only raises the price and makes felons out of the people, so I’m FOR legalilzation, and there’s no way to keep it out of the hands of kids…there are laws about cigarettes but kids still get them, and laws about the age to drink, and kids still get booze, so I figure they will get marijuana when it is legal as well…they get it when it is ILLEGAL now.

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