[Editor’s Note: This is an alternate, extended version of the article ‘TriXteR Phillips answers DJ Lux’s blunt question about legalizing marijuana in Missouri’ and the original final draft of the article ‘Rhetorical Question: Should Marijuana Be Legalized? published to Ladybud.]
The internet, from entertainment personalities, to politicians, to news outlets, to blogs, social websites and beyond, is ablaze with a provocative question that’s hot on everyone’s lips.
Should marijuana be legal?
The short answer to this deceptively simple question follows; emphatically and unequivocally, fuck yes!
However, what seems an uncomplicated question is actually a historic query requiring a thoughtful and emotively personal response worthy the gravitas due to the solution that ends this abomination created by social, legal, and statutory policies collectively known as cannabis prohibition fought through the ravenous beast known as the War on Drugs, policies and a war that hinders, threatens, and destroys so many aspects of the human experience over what is easily argued as the most bountiful, beneficial, and benign plant know to humanity; cannabis.
As an individual who uses marijuana both recreationally and medicinally, I desire, for my cohorts, my opponents, and myself, the freedom to choose cannabis and its endocannabinoid system friendly phytocannabinoid-constituents as safer and healthier recreational and medicinal substances without risk of suffering the inane and destructive legal consequences brought about by the unconstitutional and inhuman moralist policies of cannabis prohibition.
As an advocate for full, global legalization of cannabis, I strive to change minds by educating publically and privately on the harms of social, legal, and governmental policies of cannabis prohibition, which deprive citizens of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness over what is arguably the most medically, industrially, agriculturally, and, yes, recreationally beneficial plant known to humanity.
As a former detainee who’s served a couple short-term jail sentences for misdemeanor cannabis possession and a latter cannabis DWI, I can attest to the many potential deleterious effects on lives low-level convictions have like limiting employment opportunities and future prospects; imposing unnecessary and burdensome fines, probation, and or jail time that only serves to harm both the individual and the society; compounding and or inducing mental, emotional, and physical health issues; and turning otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals, all of which comparatively pales against the historic backdrop of those victims incarcerated throughout the world who’ve faced and continue to face harsh, long-term confinement while housed with criminals and all too often detained by criminals; the risk of sexual abuse and or physical assault and or being killed by inmates and or corrections; solitary confinement, torture and other barbaric forms of treatment as moral retribution; and, for some, death at the hands of merciless States’ merciless minions to appease the morally merciless.
As an unwitting conscript by my conscious choice to consume cannabis in spite of the words and actions of police, prosecutors, judges, or corrections, I grew to understand that an underground agricultural resistance movement comprised of growers, processers, distributors, transporters, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers who grow, process, distribute, transport, wholesale, retail, and consume cannabis regardless of the social, civil, legal, political, communal, and familial risks as a form of peaceful, civil rebellion against wayward governments that unleash cannabis prohibition and it’s cur the War on Drugs after their own personal experiences lead them to researching the facts about cannabis, its phytocannabinoids, and the interaction with the endocannabinoid system and realize that law enforcement, judiciaries, politicians, world leaders, and governments lie to perpetuate this bane afflicting humanity.
As the son of a divorced, poor, and lower-class family, I know from experience how crippling even misdemeanor cannabis convictions are to an individual’s ability to receive a proper education, find a fulfilling career, start a family, and or support parents, which are just a few of the ways in which the abysmal policies of cannabis prohibition damage and destroy lives; damage and destruction that compounds exponentially when poor and minority communities become targets of law enforcement officers and police SWAT units who aggressively and ruthlessly turn these neighborhoods into war-torn battlegrounds littered with the rubble of the crushed dreams and shattered lives of the walking dead.
As a dreamer, I envision within Earth’s near future when all peoples are free to utilize this plant to rest and relax with as they relieve stress and pressure; to treat illness with minimal or no use of often unnecessary and harmful prescription drugs; to grow healthy families, communities, and agricultural and industrial subsectors with environmentally friendly consumer goods; to help change the world’s economies’ fuel from fossil fuels to develop green economies and potentially avert to study to explore all these wondrous things and potentially many more free of unnecessary use of toxic and all too often carcinogenic pesticides.
As a human being, I am appalled at seeing this nation and others around the world persist in pursuing what collectively comprise the failed and fruitless policies of cannabis prohibition fought through the War on Drugs, which do nothing but waste time, resources, and, most importantly, human lives; all to maintain a sense of political, moral superiority.
Furthermore, these moralists who invented, implemented, and maintain these contrived, counterproductive social and governmental policies are destroying family after family; tearing apart poor and minority communities; crippling our systems of governance; eating away at our inalienable, enumerated and unenumerated civil and human rights; and hurting humans and humanity by preventing the full utilization of this most versatile and valuable plant.
Consequently, humanity languishes in this sadistic, moralistic-fool’s paradise. This tragedy of errors prevents things like the full utilization of a plant that can help heal the sick and prevent illness; nutritiously feed people, families, and communities around the world; provide materials for low-cost, high-efficiency housing and homes; the promotion of economic, agricultural, industrial, and social growth; and the utilization of cost effective, environmentally-friendly agricultural and industrial products, techniques, and methods.
Honestly, enough is enough! It is time to end the games, this prohibition destroys lives and kills people, all over a plant that heals people and has the potential to save lives.
An alternate version of this article was published on Ladybud.