I’ve seen a number of post over the last few months in which people say they do not favor ‘legalization,’ instead they want to ‘repeal prohibition.’ To add to this, folks who suggest that to ‘repeal prohibition’ is the only true means to set the plant and its consumers free, while ‘legalization’ is just a capitalist trap.
I think this mentality is nothing more than a divisive game of semantics that, overall, hurts the movement.
“Why?” you might ask.
The words ‘legalization’ and ‘repeal prohibition,’ in essence, mean the same things.
legalize or legalise (ˈliːɡəˌlaɪz)
- to make lawful or legal
- to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
verb (used with object)
1. to revoke or withdraw formally or officially: to repeal a grant.
2. to revoke or annul (a law, tax, duty, etc.) by express legislativeenactment; abrogate.
- the action of forbidding something, esp. by law.
“they argue that prohibition of drugs will always fail”
- a law or regulation forbidding something.
Now, I am not saying that there are not contextual situations in which saying ‘repeal [cannabis] prohibition’ is a better choice than ‘legalize’, however, I am saying that these games of semantics do nothing but create meaningless divide within an already fractured movement.