Pro Marijuana Legalization? I bet you are still biased and I'll prove itSubmitted by dwalters on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:52
First and foremost, I am a long time smoker of marijuana. I've been at it since I was 12 or 13 years old and have no regrets. I am now over 30 years of age and a PhD level chemist. I made A's in every class that didn't include homework or attendance in the grade (I was once given a B in a class because of absences where the lowest grade I made on a test was a 93%, and in another I made a 78-79% where homework was 20% of the grade - which I never needed to complete to learn the material).
During those early years, I was surrounded by kids of all ages that were users - and some abusers - of behavioral modification drugs such as Ritalin. Although I was offered these other legal drugs on several occasions, I never accepted.
I tried methamphetamine one time when I was 15, and it nearly caused me to kill a good friend in a fit of rage. That was my first and last experience with meth. It is a terrible prohibition related drug that every person should resist if offered. Over the years, I have seen many otherwise good people fall victim to its hold.
Other than that, I have never moved on to any other drug besides alcohol and tobacco. I have never tried cocaine, ecstasy, or any of the other widely available and popular drugs. I took oxycodone for a short period when I had back surgery but never developed an addiction. I smoked cigarettes from the time I was 12 until I was 29 (17 years). I successfully quit that deadly habit with the help of nicotine patches.
I have absolutely no reason to be biased against marijuana - nor do many of you. If I were to ask you whether alcohol or marijuana was more harmful to the health of users, most of you would reply - "Alcohol is worse." Then, why are you still biased against it? Don't believe me?
Drug War propaganda has been very influential on most Americans. It began heavily in the 1930's with the yellow journalist William Randolph Hearst and has continued for the last 80 years. To display the bias that still remains - even though you may be for legalization - consider this scenario:
A friend rings your doorbell. You go to answer the door, but your young child just beats you to it. As you and your child stand before your visiting friend, your friend inquires to you - "Would you like to come over and smoke a joint?" - without any notice to your youngster.
Honestly, what would be your reaction? Would you be mad at your friend?
Now, let's modify the situation with a more harmful drug - alcohol. You and your child stand before your friend, and your friend says - "Want to come over and have a couple of beers?"
Likely, most of you felt nothing when alcohol was offered even though it's poisonous to humans. Hell, some of you probably have enough alcohol in the house to kill your child a hundred times over. However, not even a drug dealer has enough marijuana in his or her house to kill anything.
So, why the bias? Chalk it up to the power of propaganda. What other biases do you have to which you are unaware?
Quod erat demonstrandum - QED - as an old school mathematician would say.