The Blogosphere has a story about a couple of filthy hippies caught with marijuana paraphernalia. Except they are not filthy hippies. They are ages 65 and 67, and have numerous ailments.
What a crock to waste the efforts and funds of law enforcement on such people.
I have an occasional beer. I sometimes partake in a fine single-malt Scotch – thanks to the Internet Scotch Fairy™. There are weeks I won’t have any alcohol at all. I sometimes use alcohol medicinally, in addition to my pain meds, to alleviate pain. Which brings me to my point.
I was raised with the idea that illegal drugs are, in fact, illegal. I HAVE NEVER SMOKED OR EATEN MARIJUANA, nor do I have any desire to.
I have consumed alcohol for the pleasure and the numbing effects.
How is this different from those who take marijuana medicinally or for pleasure, whether legal or illegal?
I know folks who used it in high school and college, who stopped when they grew up, and that was it. I haven’t known anyone who gatewayed to cocaine or heroin. Or crack. Or meth.
My prejudice against marijuana is generational, not based in facts.
But, in spite of PROHIBITION (or perhaps because if it) we as a Nation begrudgingly accept alcohol as the Nation’s drug of choice. And, at least in some conventional circles, are fighting to keep marijuana criminalized.
What’s up with that?
Is it thousands of special police units and federal agents would be sidelined, and the majority of non-violent offenders could be released from custody (and prison guards laid-off)?
I don’t want the car next to me at a traffic light to have a driver using marijuana, alcohol or mood-altering prescription drugs. And I don’t want my neighbors to be meth, heroin, cocaine or alcohol addicts. And I certainly don’t want any children using any of this stuff.
But we’ve already opened Pandora’s Box, and the so-called War On Drugs is a sham, and a waste.
Hell, a number of States have lowered the penalties for personal amounts, and a few have made it medically accessible.
Frankly, I don’t care if people have a real medical need, or just like to get high. Just keep ’em away from me at intersections and we’re cool.
Let’s move toward legality, licensing and enforcing laws against unsafe drivers, instead.
And leave the old hippies at home alone.
It’s for the children. (Liberty, Rights, The Constitution, and all that).