Citizens of the World,
If life has no other purpose, it is to continue itself. While there remains much debate about when and how life began on this planet, we know that humanity in its modern form has only come into existence in the most recent of Earth’s history. Since that time we have spread our species across the entire globe, driven by our innate desire to improve our own quality of life, as well as the lives of those to come. Built into us is this need to propagate, to create offspring that will be an improvement upon their predecessors, because we do not wish our children to struggle as we had to. In light of this, we have reached a point in our apparent progression where it is necessary to re-examine our actions, specifically in terms of how they will affect future generations.
Presently, we live in a world that mostly criminalizes the cultivation, use and distribution of Cannabis. Those who have faith in the righteousness of law do not recognize how this drug policy hurts them and therefore feel no need to question its continuation. Increasingly though, many are becoming aware of the danger to themselves and their loved ones that this societal situation imposes.
Those of us with kids realize the awkward position this puts us in. We are forced to choose between advocating that they abide by the law or that they minimize harm to themselves. On one hand we have civilization, which denounces and punishes marijuana use, while promoting more destructive substances such as alcohol and tobacco. If left unaddressed, it is likely that our children will use these legal drugs if they seek out altered states of consciousness. On the other hand, we have our sense of protection as a parent, which compels us to inform our kids about the dangers of different drugs and suggest that they use the least detrimental one possible – pot.
Regardless of how we approach the marijuana issue with our children, they still remain in harms way due to the legislation in place. If they choose to smoke weed (the healthier choice) they risk incarceration, a criminal record, loss of financial aid, etc. If they choose to use alcohol or tobacco (the legal choice) they risk detriments to their physical well-being.
All the while, when faced with the same choice that our children must resolve, cannabis use is completely out of the question for us. Doing so would risk not only our current and future employment; we’d be taking a chance at having our kids taken away from us. In this way, our government has completely removed our ability to lead by example.
All things considered, the role of a parent under marijuana prohibition is a needlessly stressful one. Inconsistencies between our actions, the law, and what is the right thing to do may result in confusion and mistrust in our children. As the ones who will carry our legacy into the future, we only wish to prepare them the best we possibly can. It is unfair to us and them that we can either be safe or lawful, but not both. For the sake of all future human generations, this problem must be confronted. The solution is legalization.
“End the Drug War, Do it for the Kids“