Steve G.

Is marijuana all that bad?

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Drug War on February 15, 2009 at 11:04 pm

There was a recent article found here that talks about a milk man in England who was recently arrested for giving older customers marijuana along with their milk. He was arrested and sentenced to 3 years in prison. My only wonder is why do people hate marijuana so much. It seems that the state has brainwashed people so badly that they don’t understand that other drugs like prescription  sleep aids and painkillers also affect a person’s mind state. Also think about other malign drugs like alcohol and tobacco that are deemed “acceptable” by the state . Drinking can cause alcohol poisoning and death and so can tobacco. In fact the very first Marlboro man died of lung cancer at the age of 51. So then why is marijuana demonized so vigorously?

When you put the war on marijuana and other drugs into context with the broader interests at work in governments then you realize that they really don’t have the people’s best interest in mind, but whether, their pockets. Think about the fact that government can give us drugs far worse than any heroine, or crystal meth, without our consent, but people are not free to give themselves any perceived “harmful drugs” without penalty of law. Instead we are forced to adhere to an illegitimate state’s rules stating that any “drugs” they deem hazardous to us cannot be used by us even though it affects nobody else. If I get high it affects nobody but me. Why then should the government (or anybody else) have the right to stop me from doing anything with my own body. Likewise, what right does the state have to bar someone from helping me fulfill the wants that I have?

This brings me back to the point that government has no real right to tell anybody what they can and cannot do for they do not care about their constituents (as shown above). They only care about our money (of ability to create their revenue thereof). So why the hell does it matter if a guy is supplying old people with marijuana. Is he killing them anymore than giant pharmaceutical companies vaccinating people with tainted vaccines? No, in fact they are worse because they shroud their medication with false advertisements and lies to lull people into a false sense of safety. Meanwhile they demonize other people and fill prisons with people who’ve done nothing else than what they do, participate in our capitalistic economy and fulfilling the needs where there is a demand.

  1. Pot may have been bad last night for the people who had to listen to me stoned. ;o)

    Welcome to LFV!

  2. As a Legal Marajuana Smoker (I reside in Amsterdam Holland )
    I find the global stance on the herb ridiculous and it demonstrates how even a plant ..natural to the world can be controlled and governed along side human liberties .
    Many of my friends in the Uk have stopped smoking Marajuana(skunk )due to the excess increase in THC refering to skunk as the antidote to personality.
    There was once a time when the highs from smoking created artist visions and a surge in Philosophic thought.This is still available by choice on a coffeeshop menu but more often than not the strong skunk varieties that are prevalent on the black market and its effects are a monged stoned that I feel is not productive to the men and women of the day. But very effective for governments trying to keep a human mind from operating properly.

  3. If you ask most people whether each individual owns her own life, most readily agree. If you follow that up with the question of whether they therefore have the right to take their own lives, I think most would accept that as being the case.

    If one has a right to take one’s own life, then surely it matters not whether the method is by gun, hanging, or poison. Surely there can be no rational argument in favour of forceably preventing someone who wishes to die from drinking hemlock or taking a cyanide tablet.

    Yet surely these drugs have a more dramatic effect on the human body that the various recreational drugs so often used. Although heroin can kill a person, we’ve already concluded above that the right to kill one’s self is a necessary component of the ownership of the individual over her own life. The heroin user—assuming she knows it is heroin she is using and has not been deceived by some fraudulent salesman—knows the risks associated, and takes those risks willingly.

    If the person happens to die, that is of course tragic, but no more tragic than the case of the man who kills himself.

    What recourse does natural law afford us in our effort to stop a person from committing suicide? Assuming the suicidal person is on her own property, and assuming her method of suicide does not threaten the lives or property of others, the only method afforded to us via natural law is our ability to communicate with the suicidal person. We can tell the person, “Please don’t do it!” or “You have so much to live for!” But you cannot, in accordance with natural law, aggress against the suicidal person in an effort to prevent her from killing herself, since this act of aggression violates her natural rights (and renders her, for the duration of the aggression, your slave). Surely we can all see why this would be unethical.

    But the same must apply logically to drug users. We have every right to verbally discourage drug users from using drugs, we have every right to inform them of the dangers, we have every right to evict them from our properties, to disassociate with them, or to even shun them for their habit. But the moment we engage in aggression against them, we have crossed a clearly-defined line; at this point, we are violating their rights, and are thus ourselves natural criminals.

    It doesn’t matter whether the aggression comes from me, from you, or from our Senator—aggression is anywhere and everywhere unethical, unconscionable, and unjustifiable. Aggression is crime, and deserves to be punished with equal and opposing force.

    Alex Peak

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