Parents and the Prohibition of Pot

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


2 thoughts on “Parents and the Prohibition of Pot

  1. Recently wrote this in opposition to a paper’s reporting:

    You recently published this article from Sept, 2009, as an interest piece, attached to the story about some idiot out at night with a flashlight and a truck full of potted marijuana plants. It’s stories like this that perverts the available published research surrounding Medical Marijuana. Quite frankly, it scares politicians to pursue legislation that could benefit Pennsylvanians like me diagnosed with a terminal disease. The most recent national Mason Dixon poll, you reading this Terry Madonna, indicates that 74% of Americans support Medical Marijuana. Some politicians, as evidenced by a recent letter I received from Todd Platts, actually grasp on a pharmaceutical medication called Marinol as a standard response to repeated requests to support re-classification of marijuana from a schedule I drug to a schedule II. This would allow physicians to prescribe Medical Marijuana under strict government controls. Platt’s suggestion of requesting the drug Marinol, which targets a very small portion of suffering patients, only supports the notion that we take another pill from the pharmaceutical industry rather then cross political boundaries and support today’s pertinent medical research It’s not about adding more pharmacological products that mirror current pain medications, it’s about utilizing current published medical research to address the needs of Pennsylvania’s terminal patients. I don’t want Medical Marijuana to get “high”, I want Medical Marijuana to slow/stop the progression of my disease. Israel is leading the world with research in something derived from marijuana called a CBD cannabinoid, that would be ingested orally. This cannabinoid is non-psychoactive (you don’t get “high”), and has been shown as an effective treatment for neurodegenerative disease, amongst other ailments from cancer’s tumors and related chemotherapy to Leukemia. Politician’s, and the public, have had years of forced education slanted towards the misinformation spewed by a government trying to justify billions of dollars on a failed drug war. Factual research regarding the need for Medical Marijuana is accepted by The American Medical Association, The Institute of Medicine, The American College of Physicians, etc, etc; and for God’s sake, THE MAYO CLINIC. So when I see articles headlined as this one, I shake my head in a consternation born from the ignorance of years of government propaganda still prevalent in today’s newspapers. Take a moment to reflect on the suffering that a family member or friend endured during their fight against a terminal disease. Isn’t it time to accept published medical research that could have helped their plights, rather then support a ridicules posture that costs you wasted tax dollars, and more importantly, the pain of watching someone die horribly when it’s possible that it just wasn’t necessary!

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