Throughout my time as an undergraduate in college I have given various informative speeches on the benefits of a full legalization of cannabis. Note, I am not a regular user of the product, but I have tried it here and there. In my research, I have seen the benefits cannabis can provide, it is a renewable resource and it has potential for medicinal purposes. Colorado had an intake of over $14 million in revenue for cannabis in just its first month of legality with a tax collection of just over $2 million, according to the Huffington Post. With numbers such as these and the evidence behind it medicinal benefits, why is it that the entire country didn't jump on this? Are governments that opposed to change or are they that ignorant to only see it as a narcotic and viewing its legality as an unethical choice? Prohibition proved to do more harm than good in the 1920s. In "The God Delusion" Richard Dawkins elaborates on a similar situation in New Mexico. "On 21 February 2006 the United States Supreme Court ruled, in accordance with the Constitution, that a church in New Mexico should be exempt from the law, which everybody else has to obey, against the taking of hallucinogenic drugs. Faithful members of the Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal believe that they can understand God only by drinking hoasca tea, which contains the illegal hallucinogenic drug dimethyltryptamine. Note that it i sufficient that they believe the drug enhances their understanding. They do not have to produce evidence. Conversely, there is plenty of evidence that cannabis eases the nausea and discomfort of cancer sufferers undergoing chemotherapy. Yet again in accordance to the constitution, the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that all patients who use cannabis for medical purposes are vulnerable to federal prosecution." (The God Delusion 54). Can Someone Explain THIS SHIT?

I'm aware times have changed but thats not the case for most states that still view the substance as illegal. I live in Mississippi, the last state to re-legalize alcohol after the prohibition in the 1960s so this is a very controversial topic, what do you guys think?

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Comment by jay H on May 4, 2014 at 11:30am

I should comment, also, that I am not personally a fan of cannabis, nor do I believe it is completely harmless (as some maintain). I believe that the government has no business sticking itself into people's private consensual choices whether drugs, sex, gambling, etc.

Comment by jay H on May 4, 2014 at 11:27am

The problem is that the government has spent decades propagandizing, and 'we were wrong' simply will not happen. That is why SCOTUS went with that bizarre interstate commerce justification (one of the evil byproducts of FDR's presidency) that even Clarence Thomas seemed to admit was pretty bogus.

The government rarely of ever admits they were wrong, especially after investing so much propaganda capital into it.

Comment by Future on April 28, 2014 at 5:57pm
It should be de-stigmatized and treated no different than beer and wine. You should be able to grow your own, and share it no differently than making a craft beer in your basement. I get disgusted by the fact that tax revenue seems to be what is driving the shift to legalization. That focus ignores all the real reasons why it should be legal.
Comment by Michael Penn on April 28, 2014 at 3:39pm

I agree with B Fletcher. Another reason it might be illegal iss that there is too much money to be made. That could be why America went in for a war on drugs in the first place.

There was a time that it was legal here.

Comment by B Fletcher on April 26, 2014 at 3:48am

Of course it should be legal, and regulated and taxed like tobacco and alcohol.  In 20 years I expect it to be legal for recreational use across North America.

We just have to wait for the oldest group of voters to pass on to their heavenly reward and the rest of us can have ours.  People of the generation with exposure to nothing but Reefer Madness and the like are not going to change their views easily.

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