Last updated on August 30, 2020
Legalization of Weed: Pros and Cons.
The majority of Americans want to end all foreign wars, legalize gay marriage, legalize weed, implement term limits in Congress and overhaul our healthcare system.
Yet our elected representatives ignore us.
Year after year, Congress passes laws and introduces legislation for things we the people don’t want, such as massive bail-outs for the banks. For example, in December 2019 the Democrats and Republicans in Congress gave President Trump $738 billion dollars to spend on the military.
Legalization of Weed: The Cons
Given this context, it’s no wonder that weed is illegal at the federal level. These are the government’s official reasons:
The Costs of Legalizing Weed Outweigh the Revenue
Congress anticipates increased emergency room visits, medical care, addiction treatment, drugged driving accidents, increased crime and a negative impact on health from secondhand smoke. If more of these guys were potheads, they would know how inaccurate this argument is.
More Teens Would Smoke Weed
How is this not better than drinking? The percentage of teens who smoke weed 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 reported marijuana use in the past year. That is compared to the national average of 12.29%. Teenagers steal booze from their parents and I don’t see the government outlawing alcohol.
Next reason, please.
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.
Marijuana is Addictive
Kind of like the very legal opioids that doctors push on every American who feels a twinge of pain?
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.
Marijuana is Bad for the Brain
Marijuana Harms the Health of People Around Them
So does alcohol and cigarettes.
America Agreed to Enforce the War of Drugs
This may be the legitimate reason for why marijuana is illegal:
- 1961: The U.S. signed a treaty with 100+ countries to prohibit the production and supply of specific drugs, this treaty broadened their scope to include cannabis.
- 1971: We signed another treaty with another 100+ countries to control psychoactive drugs such as stimulants, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and psychedelics.
- 1988: We signed another treaty because the demand for weed, cocaine, and heroin had increased production in countries where they are cultivated. This treaty enforced confiscating drugs, extraditing dealers and arresting drug users.
Despite all these efforts, the EU parliament said in 2003: Despite massive deployment of police, prohibited substances have increased exponentially, representing what can only be described as a failure.
I highly recommend reading this report about the epic failure of the War on Drugs.
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Legalization of Weed: The Pros
Here are reasons to legalize weed at the federal level:
Legalizing Weed Makes it Safer for Consumption
Buying weed from the guy down the street gives you no way of knowing the quality of the product. Mold, fungus, pesticides and other harmful growing methods are common to increase profit. If marijuana is legalized, the government can implement regulations to ensure it is grown safely and free of toxins.
Millions of Americans Can Relieve Their Pain
As you know, health insurance is expensive. And doctor visits, prescriptions and hospital stays are expensive. In addition, what the pharmaceutical industry hands out to Americans to “treat their pain” are pills that usually don’t work and come with a slew of side effects.
Wake up! Plants have been healing humans for thousands of years. 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
Most Americans Want to Legalize it
Like I said, 2 out of 3 Americans support the legalization of weed. This should be reason enough. What is the point of electing officials in Congress who line their pockets and advance their careers before addressing the needs and wants of their constituents?
The Police Might Become Useful
Some police units, in some states, actually still cruise the streets for potheads and throw them in jail. This is insane and a horrible use of our tax dollars. In fact, 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.
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!
The Economic Impact of Marijuana Legalization
How about instead of increasing taxes on citizens, yet again, to fund wars and collude with Wall Street — the politicians legalize weed and collect tax from that? 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.
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. Suddenly, you’ll see that TV ads are subliminal messages for how to act and behave. News anchors become hilariously full of shit and following an agenda handed down to them from the global elite. Legalizing weed at the federal level will open the minds of millions of Americans.
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Obstacles Blocking the Legalization of Weed
Despite all the reasons why weed should be legalized, politicians in Washington D.C. won’t do it. They are under so much pressure to raise money for their party and for re-election campaigns that 90% of congressman’s job is fundraising. And guess who has the money to help them meet their fundraising goals?
Big Alcohol. Even though alcohol kills 88,000 Americans every year, their deep pockets protect their position in the recreational substance industry. Weed has never killed a single American, but what do facts don’t matter?
The police is another group that doesn’t want to legalize weed. Did you know that police units keep ~80% of the items seized in a drug arrest? They are then allowed to sell the seized property and keep the money. In 2014, the DEA’s cannabis enforcement program seized $27 billion in assets. When weed is illegal, the cops can fulfill arrest quotas, grow their budget, and set aside money needed for lobbying.
And the third major obstacle blocking the legalization of weed…. is Big Pharma.
Marijuana is a natural medicine and the pharmaceutical industry hates it. For example, Insys Therapeuticals created a cannabinoid compound called Dronabinol to reduce nausea among chemotherapy patients. The company said 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.
The pharmaceutical industry takes the naturally healing properties of a plant and tries to sell them to you. Marinol is another example. There are hundreds. These guys are so rich and powerful that they will do everything they can to prevent weed being legalized. Below shows you how much Big Pharma spends on lobbying. The totals are in millions from Statista:
The Nation’s Health is at Stake
Once you realize that our government works for corporations and not for the people, the world makes a lot more sense. Why else would they recommend we take a pill made in a lab to reduce nausea, rather than a natural plant from the ground?
That said, it’s always been this way. 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 the alcohol. As Deborah Blum explains: The government passed regulations in 1926 that required alcohol manufacturers to add poison to their alcohol knowing it would get stolen by bootleggers and people would drink it.
Yikes. The pharmaceutical industry’s weed copycats are bad, but these might even be worse:
Synthetic Marijuana. Sometimes called “spice” or K2, this a chemical compound designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. It is way more potent than marijuana and comes with 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. But since weed is illegal, people risk death every time they replace the oil. Manufacturers of THC oil 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 government knows about this rise in deaths but doesn’t think to legalize THC oil so it can be regulated.
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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. The reasons not to legalize marijuana apply to the alcohol and cigarette industries, and thus are moot points.
The reason weed is illegal 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 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 our government to blow on foreign wars. Legalizing weed would decrease organized crime, regulate the safety of the product, stop kids from smoking 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?