Dear World, I am going to attempt to write a short analysis post regarding marijuana. To provide a little background information, I have smoked marijuana in the past and I am in support of legalization, with regulation that is. Keep this in mind but also consider some of the things I bring up in this post. Feedback would be awesome, and when giving feedback remember that I am not a professional writer in no way at all. I am simply writing what I feel on this blog. I hope to have a future in writing, specifically journalism, and with that comes practice so here it goes. Enjoy.
The current drug war in America has failed, many leaders will not admit it but it really has. With nearly $51 billion being spent to fight against the so called “drugs”, is this money really being used effectively? I’m sure almost every single person reading this right now, give or take a few, has tried or been a user of marijuana for a period of time, both short term or long term. A second way you can tell the war has failed is by looking at your access to drugs, not even just marijuana. I’m not going to go into detail about it, you never know when the feds are watching, but myself as well as others have at least one person to turn to if they are in need of drugs, a wide variety of drugs too. This is going to focus mainly on marijuana rather than harder drugs like cocaine, heroin, or prescription pills.
Why is marijuana, also known as pot or weed, being fought against with so much money and force? There is too much propaganda happening on both sides of the spectrum: the police and government (anti-legalization) stating the negatives such as cancer causing, the consequences of being caught with drugs, and many mental health effects which can be irreversible; as well as the drug users and supports (pro-legalization) claiming medical benefits of weed, an enlightened mood when under the influence, or a mood enhancer. In my mind, being a user, a lot of things on both sides may be true. The way that the anti-marijuana forces are going wrong is through the education of the drugs, such as health teachers and advocators saying that if you smoke marijuana you will die. This obviously is not true, and your common sense about friends who have tried it or even yourself trying it, and then hearing these words just makes you laugh and not take that person seriously. The effects of marijuana have to be taught a different, more realistic way that will have a positive effect on the future of our country.
Marijuana is addictive, no matter what anybody says, you can form a physical and psychological addiction to the drug. You can say the same thing about almost anything today though; computers can be addicting for some, fast food for others, and cocaine for many others. This is not a guaranteed thing for a user; it is simply a caution that all users should be aware of when it comes to anything that can form an addiction. If you get too much of something you like and have a passion for, and you cannot control yourself very well with it, it gets out of hand and has negative effects on many aspects of everyday life. A physical addiction means that you not only get sick from a lack of using, but even just not feeling the same way if you don’t have the drug in your system. Maybe you have aches and pains, headaches, or a decreased appetite; those are signs of a physical dependence on weed. The psychological addiction symptoms may be isolating yourself from others in order to use, including yourself in groups of people with a goal to use the drug, then there are the obvious signs like irritability, constant thoughts of pot, and an increased tolerance which requires larger amounts to fulfill a person’s high.
Addiction is not felt by all users though, some not at all while others feel signs of addiction later on in their use. I think this is why legalization is so controversial and doesn’t happen like magic. If marijuana is in the hands of the wrong person, it can be very damaging to themselves, their family and friends, and the small world around them. At the same time though, marijuana can be very beneficial to some people for example Steve Jobs, the creator of Apple computers experimented with marijuana and LSD when studying eastern religion. He claims that LSD was very important to his inventive thoughts. This is not the case for all people using drugs, and it is surprising to some that such a successful person used marijuana. To sum up everything, I cannot speak for everybody and say that should be done with marijuana and drugs, nor should anybody else in the United States or the world. In my mind I could see a perfect society (regarding only marijuana) would be to set no laws regarding the plant. If a person wants to sell marijuana, let it be, but if they are enhancing their drug with plant “steroids” or growth enhancers then they should be given consequences. This is not a natural way of using the drug; it is not in any way safe if chemicals are added to it. If a person wants to smoke marijuana once in a while or every day, just let it be, until it comes to a point where it is no longer safe for the people around them. If a user; 1. Cannot support a family or themselves, 2. Cannot drive in a safe manner when under the influence of pot, or 3. Put others in harm when using the drug, finding the drug, or selling the drug, then they should not be using marijuana. If a person cannot set their own limits and cannot recognize an addiction, then their loved ones should step in to remove the harmful factor from their life. People should be educated as to the real effects on their own body’s response to marijuana, not what is generally felt from users of marijuana. People have to learn for themselves when it comes to life, not just marijuana but anything they are unsure of. Simple As That, Wake Up, and Learn For Yourself.