Should the United States legalize marijuana? It’s the debate with no end in sight, but now Mexican President Felipe Calderón has joined some Latin American leaders in urging the United States to give it serious consideration in order to interrupt the cash flow to drug cartels – thereby reducing drug-related violence and saving billions of dollars spent on the war on drugs.
Critical thinking says:
- The drug war has lasted twice as long as prohibition and has failed on every level. How long will we keep repeating the same strategy and expecting a different result? The 19th Amendment outlawing alcohol was as big a failure as the drug war, the only difference is we repealed prohibition after 12 years. Where’s the critical thinking in believing the drug war would be any different?
- Instead of spending billions of dollars pretending they can squelch demand, the government should legalize drugs and invest a tiny fraction of the savings in educating people on the dangers of drugs and helping the addicted. Not only would legalization save billions and empty half of our jails, it would also save tens of thousands of lives around the world from the vicious drug cartels.
- Just the fact that alcohol is legal but marijuana isn’t, is proof of how screwed up our legal system is. If alcohol and marijuana were animals, alcohol would be an anaconda and pot would be a pussycat. Yet pot will land you in jail but you can drink alcohol in the White-house.
- To score points with the public, politicians love to claim that America is a Christian nation founded on Christian values. But if they really believed that, would they allow those in pain from diseases like Cancer to suffer by denying them medical marijuana? What would Jesus do? Would he deny relief to his suffering man or would he pass him a joint?
We own our bodies and in a so-called free society we have the right to use them as we please, as long as we’re not hurting anyone else in the process. It’s time to apply critical thinking on an issue where none exists and legalize marijuana. Going back to the point of Mexican president Felipe Calderón, critical thinking says remove the profit and you remove the violence.
I look forward to your comments.