Maybe. Certain activities are proscribed for adherents to scriptural precepts of good and wicked behavior. You have your mortal sins, and your venal sins, and your 10 commandments. And, not entirely surprisingly, most of us adhere to the rules of moral behavior.
By and large we don’t murder, and most of us don’t rob. Yes, we covet quite a bit, and we may look upon our neighbor’s wife or maidservant with unmitigated lust. Do we act upon it? Depends on the risks we want to take and whether or not the rules against adultery are merely suggestions.
But, going back to the priestly statement at the beginning, would no such rules of behavior make us all want to do it? Whatever ‘it’ might be. In this case I want to consider advocacy for the legalization of pot – weed, grass, ganja, wacky-terbacky, or cannabis sativa.
Whenever somebody relatively responsible and intelligent posits the obvious fact that weed should be legalized objectors come forth (not unjustifiably in their minds) and express fear that we’ll evolve into a crazed and stoned Cheech and Chong society and therefore it must remain a criminal offence.
That stated, there has been a great deal of reasoned discourse around BC – one of the pot-growing capitals of the world – stating the obvious fact that huge financial resources are being devoted to, well, busting folks and tying up the cops and the courts for possession of what seems to be, by and large, a pretty damn innocuous substance.
My personal bias is this: I don’t give a sweet goddamn what people do with their lifestyle behaviors as long as they don’t interfere with mine. Having been actively involved in the field of addictions counseling I shall certainly agree with the argument that pot produces far less societal harm than booze – the legal drug.
So yes, legalize the shit. It will make no difference to me whatsoever. That’s because legal or illegal it will have no impact on my use or non-use. I expect that applies to most people.
In my case, I won’t smoke it because I frankly don’t like it. I hate the smell, I hate the taste, and I don’t care for anything that makes me instantly brain-dead. Horny yes, but brain-dead nevertheless. At my age I like to keep them ‘leetle grey cells’ functional. Me and pot=instant moron. An equation that applies to more users than would like to admit it. I make an exception for Willie Nelson as regards any negative comments, however.
And the advocates, regardless of how determined they are to say pot is harmless, should maybe be a little more realistic. No psychoactive substance is harmless in the pure sense. Furthermore, there is a myth that cannabis is non-addictive. Not so. I have dealt with clients who were profoundly addicted to weed. Psychologically addicted indeed, but let’s face it, that is the only addiction that counts. Even alcoholics after a binge kick off the physical addiction to booze within three days. But, alas, the psychological one can last a lifetime.
And yes, I have smoked. I have even inhaled. And it did make me horny and led to some great sex. But non-use also led to some great sex. And, for me, I found pot to be a profound depressant, and overall had negative effects on me. So, I don’t choose to use.
But, I do believe the choice should be yours. Legalize it and tax the bejesus out of it and take it out of the hands of fucking gangsters. But also, as a caveat, actively discourage juvenile use. It truly does have a deleterious effect on brains that aren’t yet fully formed. In that context, there have been studies showing a connection between heavy pot use and schizophrenia in the young.