My Unpopular Opinion

Proposition 19 in California.

The legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

I am not a marijuana user.

I DO know many people who do use it.

It is not good for your body. Neither is, tobacco, fatty foods,alcohol, smog,sugars, caffeine, too much exercise,too little exercise etc.

It is currently an illegal substance.

It is used by millions of people for many reasons.

Does Prohibition ring a bell? How did that work out?

Why hasn’t the federal government outlawed cigarettes? ( They seem to enjoy the revenue and lawsuits.)

Now my argument:

Since the discovery of the existence of ADD and like disorders, we are finding that quite a number of folks have issues. (There are some who still believe those ailments do not exist.) I for one, DO believe that they exist. There are many people who are exceptionally shy and have social issues too.

The ability of physicians to diagnose and treat these conditions is sketchy at best. It can take years to find,and treat with the correct personal “cocktail” of drugs. Many people do not ever find relief because it takes a personal committment  to multiple office visits and so on… These sufferers lack the “medical stamina” to find their own cure. Once they become adults, no one can take over for them.

In my own personal experience, I have witnessed marijuana providing relief to these people. Although, it is not the best for the body, it sure beats isolation, unemployment due to social problems, self-medicating with alcohol (which has much worse consequences, in my opinion.), anger related crimes and suicide.

NEVER would I have dreamed that I would agree with anything Californians came up with! I really don’t see a down side to this proposition. I also do not believe it carries a greater risk of harder drugs. Actually, the only reason people have come to this conclusion is that marijuana has been in the “hands” of the illegal drug dealers who then have an opportunity to offer harder drugs to those clients who really were not seeking them.

  • new businesses and revenue
  • those who self-medicate with alcohol will have a better option (never saw someone who was “high” beat their kids or start a fight.)
  • it would still be held to the same standards as alcohol. Driving impaired or possession by minors NOT TOLERATED.
  • separating it from the drugs we all know are most harmful will keep the DEA on the trail of the REAL criminals. (Even Massachusetts believes that marijuana wastes their precious anti-drug efforts. They decriminalized it.)

Just wanted to add my two cents. I welcome your opinion.

11 thoughts on “My Unpopular Opinion

  1. I agree that doctor prescribed marijuana is a good thing;after-all ,it is a drug,penicillin is a drug,so nothing new at this point. Maybe legalization would be good. I’d try the route through the doctor first.

  2. Becca Allison

    Susan, I agree with you. My 31 year old son is currently serving time in an Alabama prison because possession of marijuana in ANY amount the second time you are caught is a felony. We got him into a court santioned Drug Diversion Program, but he could not or would not comply. One night he got drunk, pounded on his father, and was arrested. For this offense, he got time served in county jail (41 days) the marijuana felony still pending when he dropped out of the program netted him—5 years in state prison. With time off for good behavior he might get paroled this Oct 25th. He has been in Jail or prison almost 10 months.
    He has been diagnosed bipolar, and grass helps calm his manic behavior. Alcohol makes him mean and violent.
    We are now advising him to go where it’s legal if he cannot find any other medication—and we have tried to help him find a legal med since he was sixteen, to no avail. All have bad side effects so far.
    So, yeah, make this medicinal plant legal. I join you in your “unpopular opinion”!

    1. Oh Becca,
      My son also has suffered and has been jailed, only because he self-medicated with pot and/or alcohol.
      Thankfully, he is finally on a path of progress…marijuana does more good than harm for many.
      I send you one BIG hug and best wishes 😉

  3. Though I have never used any illicit drugs, and even prescription drugs when absolutely necessary, I too, think that it would possible be smarter do decriminalize marijuana. If the laws are changed to allow marijuana, they aren’t doing it for reasons most people think sensible, but to get more taxes from it’s sale, just as is collected for gasoline and alcohol.

    I also tend to agree that people who choose to unwind by using marijuana are less likely to become violent, as are many who drink alcohol.

    I once had a friend, whose husband drank way too much, and it made him plain crazy. He busted out the windows of their home, and took a knife to all her clothing, too. They had three children who were witnesses to many of his rampages.

    She finally grabbed her children and left, got a divorce, and along with her children, they all had a much better life.

    When Mel was sober, he was just fine, but he just had no self control where alcohol was concerned.

  4. its not a good idea at all. alcohol alone is enough, then there is cigarette, why add another one?

    shubho bijoyadashami (Happy vijayadashami)! May the Goddess fill your life up with beauty and happiness

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