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Why I Oppose Legalizing Marijauna

I oppose the legalization of marijuana because I can’t imagine any more idiotic behavior taking place out in open society.  While I realize people already are smoking marijuana, making it legal would mean even more people would smoke marijuana and that public conduct would become even more dumb and offensive. 

I favor legalization of medical marijuana.

Every couple of weeks or so, I drive on a local highway here in Houston around midnight on a Saturday night. I don’t have much choice but to drive at that hour. I’m convinced at least 25% of the drivers I’m sharing the road with at that time are drunk or, at the least, have been drinking. Isn’t that enough? Do we now need stoned people (or even more stoned people) on the highway to go with the drunks and drag racers and assorted nuts?

Just look at how people behave as a general matter. Even when not drunk or stoned. Isn’t it rotten enough already? Should we legalize acts that will bring about even more bad public behavior? Aren’t things idiotic enough?   

I don’t favor harsh penalties for drug users. I support drug courts that work to get people to stop using drugs. 

I don’t want to have to share the public space with a bunch of stoned people when going out into the world is often maddening as it is. 

If you can find a way to legalize marijuana with a law that nobody can leave home while stoned, I might consider supporting that. By this I don’t mean not driving while stoned. But not being able to leave home at all while under the influence of marijuana—With a big fine for being out after smoking weed.

Stay the hell away from me when you are smoking weed.  There are enough hassles already. 

(Here is a history of marijuana use.)

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March 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

19 Comments »

  1. It’s the stressed out tight minded people that make things “idiotic”. When people are mellow or relaxed and enjoying themselves there is no reason to imagine that they would have bad public behavior. Someone who was enjoying themselves and taking in the day wouldn’t bother me at all as long as they weren’t endangering anyone. Why do you live life filled with so much fear and anger?

    Comment by joe | March 24, 2009

  2. I’m not so fearful as I am angry.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 25, 2009

  3. Laws against public intoxication and driving under the influence (regardless of the drug) already exist in every jurisdiction I’ve ever heard of. Based on that caveat you gave, which as noted is already addressed, I don’t see any reason you would continue to object to legalization.

    Comment by Chance | March 26, 2009

  4. angry i am too!

    Comment by bill brady | March 26, 2009

  5. Chance–Because the laws against drunk drving are not followed. There is no reason to figure that stoned people would stay in doors. They would wander around and bug people.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 27, 2009

  6. i say make it legal and lets see what happens. to keep courts and people tied up in legal procedures when we should be going and focusing on violent offenders and white collar scum bags would be time better spent in my opinion.

    Comment by bill brady | March 28, 2009

  7. We could at least still ticket anyone smaoking in open view or in possession.

    Or–Maybe we could have a “marijuana island” or a “marijauna overnight park” where folks could check in for a few days and smoke away. That way they could be with each other and leave the rest of us alone.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 28, 2009

  8. Yea. I don’t think you’ll have to worry about public smoking. I’m sure it would be regulated like in Amsterdam.. certain designated areas. You really shouldn’t step on someone elses freedom just because you don’t agree. It’s our God given rights to do what we want so long as we don’t hurt anyone. Anything less is tyrannical.

    Criminalizing marijuana and mushrooms is the worst form of tyranny. These species grew here way before us. Who are we to make them “illegal”. How can we look at God and say “you made a mistake, we’re going to fix it”. Why not criminalize sugar, salt, tobacco, milk and other things that are offensive to some people? Fast food is a huge culprit. Why not a ban on fast food and chocolate? This is the major problem with this. It opens up a huge door that we don’t want to enter.

    It’s not our freedoms we have to worry about, it’s our childrens and grandchildrens. They criminalized marijuana in 1929 and look at the freedoms we’ve lost since. We went from being free individuals to paying licenses, fees and taxes on farming, owning land and other things we use to do freely. Hell, we have to have a license to DRIVE! When the drivers license came out it was to tax the big trucks that would tear up the roads. Now driving is a “privilege, not a right”. In the UK they are about to enact a bill (if they haven’t already done so) where you have to get a permit to have a garden in your back yard! A permit turns a right into a privilege.

    RE-legalizing marijuana would be a huge victory for the liberties of every individual living in the United States. Marijuana has been illegal for 80 years and consequently it’s been the most tyrannical 80 years in our history. Whether you agree with the act or not you cannot turn to tyranny when you don’t agree. It’s either total freedom or none at all. Otherwise, as we’ve seen through the past 80 years.. life itself will become a privilege not a right.

    “When the government fears the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    Comment by Chris Geo | March 30, 2009

  9. Chris—The last 80 years marijuana has been illegal has a less free time than slavery times, genocide of the native population times, and when women could not vote?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 30, 2009

  10. Dear neil,
    first of all i think your trippin im 16 and im sure i can prove you wrong about not legalizing marijuana.
    marijuana does not make act stupid its just people choose to be stupid i smoke and marijuana helps me think more and be open to new ideas and. theres been studies on missouri state that marijuana doensn’t even destroy brain cells like alcohol and tobbacco.i got his info from prohibitioncosts.org-Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation similar to that used for alcoholic beverages would produce combined savings and tax revenues of between $10 billion and $14 billion per year, finds a June 2005 report by Dr. Jeffrey Miron, visiting professor of economics at Harvard University.
    if we tax marijuana our government can make more money and maybe get out of this recesion. this can help our states with making new streets also more jobs.
    just because marijuana is only legal in certain states is like saying 5 out of 10 people with glaucoma will be treated with marijuana just because its illegal in certain states. and marijuana is the best way to cure glaucoma.

    Comment by Ryan Elliott | March 31, 2009

  11. ANY AND EVERYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH MAKING MARIJUANA LEGAL ARE DUMB. For those who say misinformed i agree, but going to speak in public about something you don’t know anything about is DUMB.

    You want to make a post about people in this country being stupid and annoying and if marijuana was legal it would only get worse? do you have the brain of a monkey? It sounds to me you have a general issue with people and you are the one who needs help not the rest of the world. Do you understand how many intelligent people have admitted to using marijuana?

    Clearly not because you just gave your opinions which are based off the brainwash the government has been feeding you since birth.

    Marijuana in general does not kill brain cells, instead some new research is showing it promotes new growth. Marijuana is showing in many studies to be a major help in cancer if not the cure for some forms. It lowers blood pressure for people with heart issues. There are less negative side affects then basically every prescription drug on the market, and its benefits are showing to be much higher.

    Most if not all the negative affects of marijuana are caused by smoking a substance, not the marijuana itself. If made legal baking and extracting would be healthy options which avoid negative affects.

    Studies are showing people under the influence of marijuana to be safer drivers, and speaking from personal experience i agree. People don’t understand that the the higher you get the more relaxed you get,also how paranoid you get. people become extremely none aggressive drivers and in fact become a defensive driver which is what you are to be doing.

    I believe so many people drink because it is the only legal release you can go to the store and buy. If marijuana was legal i believe many would switch to the safer and cleaner marijuana as there drug of choice. Look at the health craze we have been in the last couple of years here in the us. People using marijuana as their drug of choice and not alcohol or prescription drugs is a good thing.

    How do you think it is fair to ruin peoples lives who have never done anything to anyone else, are productive members of our society, are peoples wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, are both young and old? Why destroy their dreams and goals by placing them in jail and taking the money they have with probation and fines? Because they choose a safer, healthier, and cleaner life style people like yourself who know nothing but the brainwash you where feed persecute others.

    Look at the facts, they support marijuana in almost every way. Stop trying to control how people take care of themselves it isn’t your place. Let people be what they want as long as it isn’t at the expense of others and people using marijuana in their house doesn’t hurt you. You don’t see people walking around putting fat people in jail for eating unhealthy and killing themselves, why because it isn’t our place.

    Comment by John Haltin | April 10, 2009

  12. this closed minded ganja bigot makes me laugh people like you are part of the reason people like me smoke like i do

    Comment by Pirate | April 21, 2009

  13. I am appalled with what you have said here!! I am not a smoker myself I have used this plant before. The only bad thing that it does is slow down your nervous system temporarily. It makes people happy and nicer to you. I would hate to be in a room full of drunk people. I would much rather be in a room full of people who were high on weed. Who would you rather be stuck in a car with, someone who is high and refuses to go over 10 miles per hour, or a man who is drunk and thinks that it might be fun to get in a crash. In my opinion, marijuana should be legalized and alcohol should be banned!!1

    Comment by Caleb | May 15, 2009

  14. caleb appalled is pretty extreme for a pot blog dont you think

    Comment by bill brady | May 15, 2009

  15. I think that cigarettes, and alcohol should be banned and weed should be legal. You dont ever hear about someone dying or getting into a crash because they were high on weed. You always hear, oh someone died because they were drunk or they killed someone else because they were drunk. Someone just died from lung cancer from smoking cigarettes. I mean give me a break. Its only weed. You act like we are asking to legalize crack or heroin. If we legalized weed and put tax on it then we would be generating billions of dollars that could go towards an economy thats crashing. We could also create more jobs by opening shops and hiring people to cultivate chemical free marijuana. Some people are just very narrow minded and feel that marijuana shouldn’t be legal but its ok to get drunk and kill somebody.

    Comment by Roy Silveira Jr | October 14, 2009

  16. well roy yes people do crash their cars high on weed. burn their houses down. let the children sit and inhale the smoke as well. if you smoke weed everyday you will get cancer from it too, those are not the reasons though it should be legal. The reason are take away the cool of it being illegal and people will still smoke it but wont get into trouble unless they , Drive their car high, screw up their kids high, not pay their bills high, i am for legal for the simple fact it should be an adults choice.

    Comment by bill brady | October 15, 2009

  17. Alcohol is legal, and have you seen how people act under the influence? How many people have died in car accidents due to alcohol? How about violent drunks?! Seriously…I would much rather be around the peaceful funny stoner ANYDAY!!!!!

    Comment by Samantha | December 16, 2010

  18. With all due respect it doesn’t sound as though you know how the average person acts when they’re under the influence of marijuana. I know quite a few people who smoke marijuana and none of them could be described as dumb or offensive nor would they conduct themselves as such in public. Dumb and offensive acts in public can generally be attributed to alcohol abuse, immaturity or a lack of home training rather than cannabis use. The majority of adult cannabis users do so responsibly, however I can’t say the same about alcohol.

    As for driving while under the influence of marijuana, responsible adults do not drive while impaired, period. Whether the impairment is due to cannabis, alcohol or prescription or illicit drug use, driving while impaired is dangerous and stupid. Traffic fatality data does indicate that in general, drivers who are under the influence of any illicit drug have an enhanced fatality rate when compared to sober drivers; however, the risk is far lower than the fatality risk associated with drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. The risk of all drug positive drivers is similar to that of drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05% , well under the legal limit for intoxication in all 50 states. A 2001 study that evaluated the impact of marijuana intoxication on driving proficiency reported essentially no differences in driving performance before and after cannabis consumption, and the risk of a driver under the influence of cannabis to be less than that of a person with a 0.05% blood alcohol concentration. Similarly another study funded by the US National Highway Traffic Association reported that marijuana didn’t significantly change driving performance; a 2007 study reviewed 10 years of US auto-fatality data and found that drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.05% were threes time more likely to have engaged in unsafe driving activities prior to a car crash than those who tested positive for marijuana. There are numerous other studies that draw a similar conclusion so I don’t believe your fears are valid, but I do respect your opinion. If you have data or studies that support your opinion I’d be interested in reviewing it.

    Comment by Kennedy | February 25, 2012

  19. Yes! I will one day be able to finally teach my bratty 3rd graders! They drive me crazy… I really want to zone them out. _+_+

    Comment by lisa lo | May 31, 2013


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