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Legalization of Weed: Pros and Cons

Last updated on July 10, 2020

Legalization of Weed: Pros and Cons.

Let’s face it: Democracy in America is dead.

The system is rigged.

Left versus right is over. Both lost. The question now is freedom versus control. Let’s try freedom?

The majority of Americans may support something, such as gay marriage, legalizing weed, term limits for Congressmen, or an overhaul of our healthcare system.

Yet our represented officials ignore us.

This is how socialism begins. There are “rulers” who decide what is best for the “peasants.”

So instead of legalizing weed, which is what the people want, our elected officials pass laws for things we don’t want, such as going to war.

In December 2019, both Democrats and Republicans agreed to give President Trump $738 billion dollars to spend on the military.

Why did the Democrats do this? Don’t they hate Trump and foreign wars?

The answer is corruption. The defense industry gives politicians, on both sides of the aisle, piles of cash in exchange for votes.

America is no better than Venezuela.

The majority of us strongly support campaign finance reform, making quid pro quo arrangements like this illegal, but who cares what we want?

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Legalization of Weed: The Cons

So given this context, it’s no wonder that weed is still illegal on the federal level.

These are the government’s reasons to ban weed:

#1. The Costs Outweigh the Revenue

They anticipate increased emergency room visits, medical care, addiction treatment, drugged driving accidents, increased crime and a negative impact on health from secondhand smoke.

If more politicians were potheads, they would know how wrong this argument is.

#2. More Teens Would Smoke Weed 

Isn’t this a good thing? Better than drinking, right?

The percentage of kids who smoke weed between the ages of 12 and 17 is higher in states where it’s legal.

According to the Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado, The Impact, 16.21% of Colorado teens and 18.86% of teens in Alaska (two states where weed is legal) reported marijuana use in the past year. That is compared to the national average of 12.29%.

Teens get drunk stealing booze from their parents and I don’t see the government outlawing alcohol…

Next reason, please.

#3. Traffic Accidents will Increase 

According to IIHS.org, the Highway Loss Data Institute found an increased crash risk of 6% in states where marijuana is legal, as opposed to states where it is illegal.

#4. Marijuana is Addictive

Kind of like the very legal opioids that doctors push on every American who complains of pain?

Next.

#5. Weed Legalization Benefits the Black Market

According to ProCon.org, Mexican cartels are growing marijuana legally in Colorado and selling it in black markets across the country.

This is precisely why weed should be legal nationally.

#5. Marijuana is Bad for the Brain

Sugar is awful for the human body. Alcohol kills. A diet of processed food stuffed with toxic chemicals causes obesity, which leads to a slew of health issues.

But sure, a plant that grows from the Earth should be outlawed.

#6. Marijuana Harms the Health of People Around Them

So does alcohol and cigarettes.

Next.

#7. America Agreed to Enforce the “War of Drugs”

THIS could be the legitimate reason why marijuana is illegal:

  • 1961: The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was signed by 100+ countries to prohibit the production and supply of specific drugs, this treaty broadened their scope to include cannabis.
  • 1971: The Convention on Psychotropic Substances was signed in Austria by 100+ countries, meant to control psychoactive drugs such as stimulants, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and psychedelics.
  • 1988: The United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances was signed because the demand for weed, cocaine, and heroin had increased the production of such drugs in places where they are traditionally cultivated. This treaty enforced confiscating drugs, extraditing dealers, arresting users, etc.)

Maybe the US can’t legalize weed because it signed these global treaties? But then again, if our elected officials represent us, and we want legalized weed, shouldn’t our wants come before that of other countries?

In 2003, a European Parliament committee recommended repealing the 1988 treaty, saying: Despite massive deployment of police and other resources, prohibited substances have increased exponentially over the past 30 years, representing what can only be described as a failure. 

No shit….

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Legalization of Weed: The Pros

Here are reasons to legalize weed at the federal level:

#1. Legalizing Weed Makes it Safer for Consumption

People buying weed from the guy down the street have no way of knowing if the weed was covered in mold, fungus, pesticides, or other harmful substances.

Once marijuana is legalized, the government can enforce testing and regulations to ensure it is grown safely and free of toxins.

#2. Millions of Americans Can Relieve Their Pain

It will be a blow to the pharmaceutical industry, but health insurance is expensive.

And doctor visits and prescriptions are expensive. Besides, pharmaceutical medicine, i.e. chemicals, don’t always work and often come with side effects.

Could a plant that grows from the Earth possibly relieve pain?

According to Health Europa and the Medical Cannabis Network, marijuana treats the following:

  • Relief of Chronic Pain
  • Improves Lung Capacity
  • Helps User Shed Excess Weight
  • Regulates and Prevents Diabetes
  • Fights Cancer
  • Treats Depression
  • Regulates Moods for those with Autism
  • Regulates Seizures
  • Helps Heal Broken Bones
  • Helps with ADHD/ ADD
  • Treats Glaucoma
  • Alleviates Anxiety
  • Slows development of Alzheimer’s
  • Treats pain associated with Arthritis
  • Treats PTSD symptoms
  • Provides Relief for those with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Treats inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Helps Parkinson’s Disease Tremors
  • Helps treat Alcoholism

#3. Most Americans Want to Legalize it

As mentioned earlier, 2 out of 3 Americans support the legalization of weed. This should be reason enough.

What is the point of electing officials who line their pockets and advance their careers before addressing the needs of their constituents?

#4. The Police Might Become Useful

Some police units, in some states, are still cruising the streets for potheads and throwing them in jail.

Seriously?!

No one thinks this is a good use of our tax payer dollars.

Arresting people for weed costs taxpayers between $1.19 billion and $6.03 billion annually. These costs include police, judicial, legal, and corrections expenses. Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron estimated that legalizing weed would save between $7.7 billion and $13.7 billion annually.

#5. Thousands of Jobs Would be Created

According to a report by the Washington Post, just one year after weed became legal in Colorado, 18,000 jobs were created.

Imagine that on a national scale!

#6. The Economic Impact of Marijuana Legalization

How about instead of increasing taxes on citizens, yet again, to fund wars and line pockets — the politicians legalize weed and collect tax from that?

Win-Win!

The firm New Frontier Data released a report in 2017 estimating that the immediate legalization of marijuana at the federal level would lead to $131.8 billion in aggregate federal tax revenue being collected between 2017 and 2025.

#7. People Who Smoke Weed are Smarter

Smoking weed opens the brain to a consciousness normally closed for business.

I dare you to watch cable news or TV commercials after smoking weed.

Your bullshit detector will go through the roof. You’ll realize TV ads are subliminal messages on how to act and behave; news anchors are full of shit and following an agenda handed down to them from a rich executive working for the White House, DNC or deep state.

Legalizing weed at the federal level will open the minds of millions of Americans.

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The Legalization of Weed Requires Lobbyists

The nation’s top alcohol distributors and their lobbyists have unyielding power over politicians in Washington.

Even though alcohol kills 88,000 Americans every year, Big Alcohol’s deep pockets protect alcohol’s position of prominence in the recreational substance industry.

Can the weed industry compete?

Weed has never killed a single American, but facts matter less than money in Washington.

In California, weed lobbyists paid $1.8 million to politicians, but that is not enough to compete with Big Alcohol in Washington D.C.

And besides, their are two industries in addition to Big Alcohol that want weed to stay a Schedule 1 Drug:

Law Enforcement and Prisons

Did you know that police units keep ~80% of the items seized in suspected drug arrests? They then sell the seized property and keep the earnings.

In 2014, the DEA’s cannabis enforcement program seized $27 billion in assets. Keeping weed illegal helps them fulfill arrest quotas, grow their budget, and set aside plenty of dough needed for lobbying.  

Pharmaceutical Companies

Marijuana is a natural medicine and the pharmaceutical industry hates it.

So like a jealous girlfriend, their only defense is to try and recreate weed’s magical qualities.

For example, Insys Therapeuticals created a cannabinoid compound called Dronabinol, meant to reduce nausea in chemotherapy patients. The company admitted in its SEC filing in 2007 that:

If marijuana were legalized in the United States, the market for dronabinol product sales would likely be significantly reduced.

They said this because cancer patients can reduce nausea naturally using weed.

Ever heard of Marinol? 

Marinol is a synthetic cannabinoid (fake weed) used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and HIV-associated dementia.

The point is the pharmaceutical industry is so rich and powerful that they will do everything they can to prevent weed from becoming legal.

They would rather Americans smoke or ingest their chemical copies which cost a fortune.

Top lobbying industries in the United States in 2018, totals in millions, according to Statista:

Federal Legalization of Weed

It’s pretty to sad to realize politicians literally accept money and power over doing what is right by the American people.

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The Pro’s of Legalizing Weed are Gaining Ground

Once you accept the fact our government works for corporations, instead of for the American public, the world makes a lot more sense.

Why else would they allow our produce to be sprayed with deadly chemicals, or encourage us to participate in a massive Ponzi scheme, sometimes referred to as retirement accounts?

In the 1920’s, Americans wanted to drink alcohol but the government said they couldn’t.

To dissuade people from drinking, politicians hired a company to poison alcohol. According to Deborah Blum, an expert on the subject: The government passed regulations in 1926 that required alcohol manufacturers to add poison to their alcohol knowing that it would get stolen by bootleggers and people would drink it.

Things are no different today. The government won’t legalize weed but its deadly alternatives are totally fine.

Synthetic Marijuana 

Synthetic marijuana, sometimes called “spice” or K2, is a chemical compound designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. It is dangerously more potent than marijuana and causes unpleasant side effects such as vomiting, chest pain, increased heart rate, vision blackouts, headaches, kidney damage, agitation, high blood pressure, and psychosis. Overdose is common and withdrawal symptoms are horrendous.

Synthetic marijuana is 100% legal nationwide.

THC Vaporizers

THC oil used in vape pens should be regulated and guaranteed for safety across the country. But since weed is illegal federally, the public has to risk death every time they replace the oil. Manufacturers of THC oil like to boost their profit margins by cutting the oil with hydrogen cyanide and other dangerous chemicals that are responsible for multiple deaths across the country.

The federal government is aware of these deaths and just shrug their shoulders.

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The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Weed

It’s frustrating to live in a democratic society that isn’t democratic. The majority of Americans want to legalize marijuana at the federal level. The reasons not to legalize marijuana apply to the alcohol and cigarette industries, and therefore are moot points.

Perhaps the United Nations treaty is the official reason? This seems unlikely given how many countries and individual states have legalized it. So what’s the hold up?

The truth comes down to money and lobbyists. The cannabis industry does not have an extra $200 Million lying around to pay off politicians. And frankly, I like to think the cannabis industry is above that bullshit anyway. How and when did American politics become so corrupt?

Legalizing weed would create job opportunities. It would help heal those in pain and bring in tax revenue for the government to blow on foreign wars. Legalizing weed would decrease organized crime, regulate the safety of the product, stop kids from K2, divert police units to more serious crimes — and so much more.

The pros and cons of legalizing weed have concluded. Can we legalize it already?

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