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First we as a society are going to have to come to terms, that some people are going to use drugs. It's a fact that the so called war on drugs has proven. Usage rates have changed very little since Mr Nixon and his bright idea came into effect.
Second we are going to have to be more fact based in our teaching. The media hype that started with reefer madness and continues today, is not based on truth, rather it's based upon LE appeals to gain more funding.
It irritates me to hear some LE make comments like "XXXX the most highly addictive drug known". Addiction is a medical condition that XXXX LE has no business trying to treat/cure. Addiction has not and will never be treatable by jurisprudence.
We have a new generation of young adults, that have learned to distrust the Gov to a degree and ask more questions. Before the internet one was only to believe what the nightly news had to offer. Now there is a wealth of information, not all fact, at the finger tips. The questions are being raised now and the light at the end of the tunnel is coming for marijuana. As with the Volstead Act, these laws will be changed when the state governments stop enforcing Federal Laws.
The largest obstacle is the one that clouds so many politicians eyes $$$$. There is a gigantic private industry that has grown up camo-ed by the War on Drugs. This is a multi-billion dollar industry from the LE and prisons all the way down to the drug test kit sold at the local pharmacy. Well the largest may be getting the Government to admit they were wrong all these years and purposely mislead us.
Harm reduction is the word I hear a lot now. It is stated to take into account the harm upon the person, family, public health and many more and come to some consensus on the best approach. I'm unaware if this is the right path to chose, but I'm fully aware that are approach as it is now is a colossal failure.
By definition tobacco is a schedule 1 controlled drug, high affinity for abuse and no known medical use. But yet it's legal today. Highly taxed and regulated but legal. I wish I could say that this is because for once our law makers could that a prohibition of tobacco would be as great a folly as it was with alcohol. But that's not the case, the almighty $$$$ is why tobacco is legal.
Make marijuana legal tomorrow and you'll never have to worry about me smoking it. Yes I've tried it, even inhaled, it's just not for me. Nope I did not become a bat and fly around my office, such as one of the men that testified before Congress in 1937. I just become very unmotivated unless it's to the fridge or local convenience store for more snacks. But I do know daily smokers who function quite well in society. Basically those that are going to smoke pot already do and the ones that don't, don't. So why should we send those tax paying family supporting Americans to jail?