I honestly think it’s just like anything else: if the use/consumption of it takes the place of something that’s actually important, then it’s wrong. If it gets in the way of the life you should be leading, it’s bad for you. I think it’s the same as drinking too much, eating too much, or even watching TV too much; it’s not good for you when it gets in the way. Obviously there is the whole “but Josh, it’s illegal” thing. Yeah, I know, but why? Does anyone honestly believe that it’s worse that alcohol? At least this doesn’t make people violent. I remember reading a story a while back about it being given to soccer fans at a huge soccer game in the UK to prevent rioting and whatnot. However, on the other hand, alcohol isn’t good for you either, so just because we have one thing that’s not good for you legal, does that mean we should have 2 (or more)? Probably not. But at the same time, this is as much of a victimless crime as drinking (even less than), so how is it the government’s place to step in and tell me what I can or can’t do to myself ? In a way,I think it’s the same thing with seatbelts. Sure they help save lives, but should I be fined for choosing to endanger my life and my life alone? I don’t think so.
So let’s say it is legalized, like a “21 and up” sort of thing, like alcohol: who sells it? The government? Pharmaceutical companies? (yahoo. let's give more money to them.) This was a really good question that was brought up at this debate we went to at Vanderbilt the other day. I had never thought about this, so it struck me as a good question. I mean, what options do we have on legalizing it?
Scott, do they teach you about these drugs?
Anyway, it's hard not to ramble when the topic is such a double-edged sword. Now, understand that I never want to be grouped in with the classic "marijauna smoker." ever. Just like I don't want to be grouped in with the classic "drinker." In fact, that's one of the reasons this whole thing appeals to me. Because just like drinking alcohol, this gives me (another) opportunity to do (insert classic religious taboo here) and not have it ruin my life and actually still be responsible about it. While at the same time clearly not displaying a stereotypical (taboo) lifestyle. For example, drinking. I enjoy the fact that I am a responsible (and with few exceptions, moderate) drinker. So why can't that be the case here?
Seriously though, if anyone actually makes it this far through my 805 word entry, please comment and let me know your thoughts. I'm fairly curious. (Also let me know how you like all the capitalizing. I trying something more... classic.)
And finally, there is nothing that upsets your sense of injustice quite like a speeding ticket. I got one yesterday for going 42mph in an area (Providence) that I didn't even know HAD a speed limit (it was 30mph and the cop was right past the sign). Fortunately, he was nice enough to let me off with a $133 warning.