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.

Anonijuana

End the Drug War, Do it for the Kids

Profiteers and Prisoners of the Drug War

Citizens of the World,

It has been considered common knowledge that when a war is conducted there will emerge one side as victor, and the other as loser. There is a particular war that defies that logic and whose battle lines are not so clearly drawn. To which am I referring is the United States of America’s War on Drugs, declared by President Richard Nixon in June of 1971.

The expressed goals of this shift in U.S. Domestic + Foreign policy was to counteract the rise in drug use that had characterized the previous decade, which Nixon described as “Public Enemy #1”. Overlooking the argument that the right to choose drug use is up to the individual, it would appear as if Nixon did want to keep Americans safe. However, regardless of sincerity of his intentions, it has become apparent that his approach to the issue of drug usage has done little to achieve it’s stated goals + actually has done much to the opposite end:

Not only has drug use not declined, at all…
…self-proclaimed “Land of the Free” leads the world in incarcerations, directly due to the criminalization of Cannabis use. Rather than regulating marijuana in a legal manner, it would appear as if the Federal Government would prefer to imprison…

…What’s worse is the recent trend to privatize prisons for profit, in the name of saving taxpayer dollars. Some even require a minimum occupancy, creating a system of incentives where police officers are pressured not only to meet their personal + department quotas, but also that of the prison company. A prime example of the profit-motive being used to obstruct justice…

…Private Prisons aren’t the only entities profiting off the Drug War. The fact that substances like cannabis are illegal forces their consumers to turn to the black market to acquire them. This funnels much money into criminal organizations, funding their other, most likely violent, illegal activities…

…With nature’s most prominent medicine locked away + anyone who uses it locked up, Pharmaceutical companies are able to synthesize chemicals that target single symptoms rather than the array of ailments that marijuana assists with. So, not only can you not grow the cure-all in your own home for free, you must pay for your relief on a case by case basis.

Amidst all this is an emerging acceptance of alternative forms of drug use than the traditional alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. In 2011, the public approval of marijuana legalization reached 50% of all Americans, a reflection of the inability of our elected officials to properly gauge and/or react to the will of the people, as no federal efforts to reform marijuana laws have come to fruition.


In conclusion, when one looks beyond the rhetoric and promises of prohibition, it becomes more clear that in practice this policy is not working and is overdue to change. When one looks closely enough, they may come to the realize that the Drug War is actually a
War on the American People and their Rights.

Winners: For-Profit Prison Companies, Drug Lords + Pharmaceutical Companies
Losers: Us

Anonijuana

People before profits!