Thursday, December 19, 2013

Legalization of Marijuana - Pretty Dumb

We have spent the last 20 or more years telling the American people that cigarette smoking causes cancer.   The result has been significantly fewer smokers.  Even so, the only group insurance companies are allowed to discriminate against in ObamaCare are smokers.   They can be charged medical premiums that are 50% or more higher than normal.  And then, there are Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), a group focused on getting drunk drivers, often involved in fatal car accidents, off our city streets.  So what do we do now; but legalize Marijuana in many states.  Go figure. 

It is true that a lot of law enforcement goes into dealing with smuggling and sale of Marijuana into and around the United States, primarily from Latin America.  So on that basis, Libertarians argue for legalization to prevent a losing battle that is costing billions of tax dollars each year.   But how is having more intoxicated people putting smoke into their lungs somehow good for our country.  It is certainly no better than having more drunk people on our roads. 

So while no doubt there are people in all age groups that smoke Marijuana, it would seem that this drug and it is a drug will be used primarily by those under 30 out to get high.    Many millennials are already poorly educated when compared with other industrialized countries and under employed.   So how is helping them legally become Pot Heads going to benefit them or society.  I just don't get it.  This Blogger tried Marijuana a few times in my 20's during the 60's and 70's when Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll were the rage.  Drugs didn't do anything for me so they were never a big part of my life then or now.   I was too busy working my way through university to even think about taking drugs of any kind.  Hippy's usually came from rich families that had the luxury of time on their hands, since they often did not work.  Back then, they were the ones using Marijuana and other drugs. 

I just don't see how legalization of Marijuana can possibly be a good thing.  Don't we have enough dysfunction in the United States already.  It is an indication of a decedent society in decline where anything goes.  Having more people stoned on drugs, or any intoxicant is not going to make our country more productive or competitive in the world.  If anything, it will lead to the demise of the United States as a super power that actually emanates from our combined brain power.  Americans negatively impacting their intellectual capabilities by taking drugs can't be good for America.   What am I missing??   

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