The Grand Experiments

So unless you live in a cave that lacks wi-fi (in which case you should move to a cave that does), you’ve heard that Colorado now has legalized marijuana for the use of fun. Washington state has done the same, but it won’t actually go live for a while yet. Uruguay has also legalized the drug throughout the country.

I think this is just fine. Now it’s important to remind you all that I don’t smoke marijuana, or indeed use it any other fashion. I am 100% disinterested in that or any other recreational drug. My hold on reality is tenuous enough without using drugs to make it worse. However! I completely, 100%, support everyone else’s right to put whatever they want to in their body, including drugs, tattoo ink, shards of metal, or whatever makes them happy. And, yes, that includes hard drugs, like cocaine and heroin. If someone else chooses to do that to themselves, that’s their own lookout and not my business.

The path over the next few years is pretty obvious. We’ll see another couple of states legalize it once people realize that having it legal is no big deal. Then it will slowly spread, we’ll see it pop up in a couple of odd places (my guess: Alaska by 2019), and soon it’ll be pretty acceptable. If that sounds familiar, remember what the gay marriage course has been.

If the war on drugs has proven one thing, it’s that a war against a substance is completely unwinnable. There is no way to keep people from getting access to drugs. None. If people in prison can get access to pretty much any drug, then normal people out on the streets can get it easily. It is an unjust, unfair fight that penalizes the poor and minorities even more than most laws do. It also turns basically harmless people into felons, and since most of them don’t ever get caught, that erodes our sense of respect for the law. People realize they can get away with breaking a few laws, next thing you know, they’ll break others.

Really, this is a long overdue reform, and I really do hope it spreads.


2 Responses to “The Grand Experiments”

  1. Susan Says:

    I have mixed feelings about legalization of marijuana (or any other recreational drug). I agree that the judicial system has wasted millions of dollars and imprisoned thousands of people (often punishing non-white offenders more severely) to no avail and to the detriment of those individuals and their families. However, I don’t think the “what people put into their own bodies” argument is valid either. It does affect their spouses, their families, their co-workers, and their communities.

    • Chris Says:

      As may be, but there are ways to deal with it other than turning people into criminals. We know, for a fact, that that policy does not work. So let’s see what these new policies do.

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