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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Some Pot Enthusiasts Can Be Almost As Annoying As Anti-Drug Zealots

I mean really... REALLY!?
This entry is a further revised version of a comment I posted at stopthedrugwar.org, in response to a previous poster who strongly hinted that individuals forget about prescription narcotics and other such drugs, and simply smoke pot for all their medical needs. Reading further it will become apparent as to why this sets me off. 

I see many advocating legalized marijuana on the sole basis that pot is less harmful than other drugs; likewise, I see many if not most medical marijuana advocates arguing on the grounds that pot may be similarly effective and less addictive than prescription painkillers. These arguments often go so far as to become ridiculous not to mention annoying. In some cases, "marijuana advocates" resort to the demonization of other drugs in order to glorify pot. These talking points are likely doing more harm than good, to the greater cause of repealing drug laws. 

This rhetoric seems to miss the much deeper, much simpler, much more relevant point in conveying the message of drug law reform. Consenting adults should have free access to their drugs of choice, regardless of whether it's effective and regardless of whether they're arbitrarily deemed to have a "legitimate medical need". 

I mean really, should only the injured, sick, suffering, or dying be allowed the drugs they want or need? As Jeffrey Shaler explains, "diseases and medicine have nothing to do with whether we ought to have free access to marijuana". And the relative safety of a drug compared to another drug (as is emphasized in the case of marijuana) is a non issue when we argue prohibition from a perspective of basic individual liberties.

When we argue for drug law reform on the sole basis of "legitimate medical needs", we send the message that nonmedical drug use is rightfully criminalized. In addition, this has led to a hostile divisiveness between medical use advocates and general drug use legalization advocates; two groups who should be one in the same in their mutual advocacy for the cause of liberty.

I'm growing cynical of all the pot-smokers and enthusiasts advocating pot legalization on the basis of only their own self-interest (and I say this only to be honest, and with no insult intended); The smokescreens being built to further this agenda are becoming transparent and dare I say disingenuous. Face it my dear pot-enthusiasts, weed is not a cure all, weed is not magical, weed will not "save the economy", hemp will not replace paper. Weed will not relieve us of all pain and illness or "remedy all that ails us", and no, weed is not exactly "good for you" - not to imply it's very bad for you either. 

Don't take it the wrong way. I support not only medical marijuana or drug decriminalization; I emphatically advocate the full legalization of all drugs (with certain regulations in place), however, I simply want to maintain a level of intellectual honesty in the debate from our end, and perhaps to see some empassioned individuals making stronger, fundamentally sensible arguments that are rooted in a genuine desire for the restoration of liberty and the betterment of society. 

So to pot-head activists and medical marijuana advocates, stop speaking out for your own interests in your own drug of choice, start speaking out on behalf of all adults and their right to use all drugs responsibly.


3 comments:

  1. YES! I'm glad I'm not the only one who see the hypocrisy of the pot-elitist crowd. I posted this question to pot reformers on my blog a few days ago:

    So it seems that marijuana is finally on a path toward legalization. When marijuana is finally legalized across the country will you declare the drug war over? Or will you continue to fight for the rights of all drug users. I would like to think we are all birds of a feather but when I hear things like, "if marijuana was legal police could pursue more dangerous drugs like heroin," I wonder.

    Marijuana is indisputably the most popular illicit drug, but its not the only one. When your drug of choice is available outside of the black market will you throw the heroin/cocaine/whatever users under the bus? Will you free the opium poppy and coca bush too, or is cannabis all that matters? While the prohibition against cannabis (given its low toxicity) is the most outrageous, opium and coca are not any more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. The stigmatization of "hard" drug users is on a whole level deeper than that of marijuana smokers. Are the cannabis legalizers committed to the rights of all drug users or only out for their own interests?

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