Holla back Colorado! Thank you for making the smart decision and finally legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The rest of America should fall in suit.
Now, I personally don't smoke weed, nor have I have ever smoked weed, but that doesn't mean I should turn anyone who DOES into a criminal just because I disagree with their decision to do so. I also don't drink alcohol. I think it's gross and just makes things taste worse. In fact, I've never even been drunk before, but I don't get mad at other people that drink or wanna have a few beers to socialize.
Politically speaking, when we prohibited alcohol consumption in the 1920's....it was a DISASTER! It is the only amendment to the Constitution that has ever been repealed, and with good reason. Prohibition DOES NOT work...period.
This is something we need to understand: making something illegal is not going to stop people from doing it. It goes all the way across the board. Some examples:
Making alcohol illegal did not stop people from drinking alcohol (see the Great Gatsby, actually don't...because it is one of the worst books of all time).
Making marijuana illegal CLEARLY has not stopped people from smoking weed, nor has the Drug War stopped popular demand for cocaine and other drugs.
Making guns illegal won't stop people from shooting other people. Making it MORE illegal to kill someone isn't going to stop the criminals (who already DON'T obey the law, hence the name CRIMINAL) from illegally obtaining guns to illegally murder someone illegally.
LAWS WON'T HELP!
We need to focus on changing the hearts and minds of the people! Come on ladies and gentlemen! This should be an EASY conclusion to come to.
If it is legal in this country to get drunk, then it certainly should be legal to get high. AGAIN...I do NOT condone getting high OR getting drunk for that matter, but we cannot turn people into criminals who are doing no harm to anyone but themselves.
We, the United States, have by FAR the largest prison population in the world. MORE THAN HALF are in there for some sort of drug violation. 86% are in there for VICTIMLESS CRIMES! That is ridiculous. 86% of our prison population are in there and they haven't even hurt anyone else!
Barack Obama has admitted to doing much heavier drugs than marijuana, and laughed around and joked about it. People thought it was cool. He got props for being "like us" and for being hip. Meanwhile, other people are in prison FOR LIFE without parole for doing the same thing.
If Barack Obama was caught, his life would have been ruined! Yet he just laughs it off and buys brownie points with his own drug use while doing nothing to stop the injustice that is crippling our country and turning people who need help with addiction into criminals.
Don't even get me started on the amount of tax money it takes to take care of these "criminals" in prison. We're already 17 Trillion dollars in debt! We can't afford that kinda stuff. That's another topic though.
My fundamental political belief is that people should be free to do whatever they want as long as they don't hurt anyone else. If I was President, I would immediately pardon any non-violent criminal who is in jail on drug charges...just like my man Ron Paul would have done had he been elected President. #RonPaul2016 #RonPaul2020 #It'sHappening!
We could take down corrupt, murderous drug dealers TODAY if we just legalized these drugs. Then there wouldn't be an underground. Their monopoly would be immediately broken and there would be SO MUCH less crime. Instead, our government is supplying Mexican drug lords with guns (see Fast And Furious scandal).
Let me reiterate one last time...I think that drug use is terrible and extremely harmful. In fact, the greek word Pharmacia (where we get the word Pharmacy from) means "witchcraft." In my experiences with spiritual warfare, drug use has a PROFOUND effect on your ability to fight off the enemy and opens doors for the enemy to get at you, and I want to decrease the amount of drug use in this nation. However, I would much rather send a drug addict to get help from a church or clinic than just toss them in jail.
People are gonna do these drugs whether they are legal or not. Let's legalize them and stop turning people that need our help into people behind bars.