Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Why I don't use marijuana

And one of the many reasons it should be legal comes from this good point from Penn Jellette:

Do we believe, even for a second, that if Obama had been busted for marijuana -- under the laws that he condones -- would his life have been better? If Obama had been caught with the marijuana that he says he uses, and 'maybe a little blow'... if he had been busted under his laws, he would have done hard fucking time. And if he had done time in prison, time in federal prison, time for his 'weed' and 'a little blow,' he would not be President of the United States of America. He would not have gone to his fancy-ass college, he would not have sold books that sold millions and millions of copies and made millions and millions of dollars, he would not have a beautiful, smart wife, he would not have a great job. He would have been in fucking prison, and it's not a goddamn joke. People who smoke marijuana must be set free. It is insane to lock people up.

The likelihood that I will be caught if I used it is very low. But as Penn says, myself and every other person that isn't rich would be screwed if we were caught. So since I don't have any medical reasons (such as chronic or high intensity pain or anxiety) I don't feel much need to use it.

Even if it was legal I probably wouldn't use it much. I'm just lucky to not have many medical issues. But for people who do it's a real shame that they have to live with the fear of getting caught and having your life ruined, not to mention the people who actually get caught.

As a people we have the power to do something about this. Not only can we let our representatives know that it should be legal, we can stop giving them a pass for being hypocritical for using it and then enforcing policies that destroy people's lives who do the same thing. As Penn says, it's insane.

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