It was my first trip to Amsterdam that really got me going about the difference between plants and drugs. Our country calls plants "drugs" and calls real drugs "medicine." People abuse legal drugs by the millions, especially sugar and alcohol. My mother used to say, we already have alcohol and tobacco legal, why should we make another substance legal that can cause problems? The answer is long. Because marijuana is not a drug, it's a plant. Because drug laws promote more drug use and destroy families unnecessarily. Because substance addiction, like to food, TV, sex and a common drug called sugar, is a counseling problem not a legal problem. Because marijuana is so popular it cannot be legislated out of favor. Because it is honestly medicinal and by definition does not qualify for Schedule I. Because it is non-toxic with no overdose potential, unlike Tylenol and common tap water. Because drug laws in general and pot laws in particular are enforced in a very racist fashion. Because it is pure hypocrisy to allow tobacco that kills nearly a half million Americans each year and make a non-toxic plant illegal. Because alcohol and tobacco are far worse than marijuana--addictive and dangerous. Because none of God's plants should be illegal. Ultimately, Marijuana legalization should stand on its own, since it really has nothing to do with alcohol or drugs. We tried prohibition: it was a huge disaster. It created the Mafia, just like we are creating the Drug Cartels in Mexico. I don't have the answer to the drug problems in America. All I know is that drug laws create more problems than they solve, that plants are not drugs, and that even God gives us all plants to use as food in Genesis, 1:29.
About 90% of the so-called War on Drugs is a war on Sacred Plants, not drugs. That is a complete waste of resources. We are a nation of food addicts, so should we therefore ban all food? Water can kill, so do we ban water... and cars and guns and prescription drugs and dogs? Horses kill more people than marijuana. Where is the current logic? I would ask my mother, WHY should marijuana be illegal at all? That is the real question. When you tell teens that heroin and marijuana are equal, yet they try pot and see how harmless it is, they are more likely to try heroin. They are forced to buy it from dealers, who also sell other illegal drugs. In California, where I have a doctor's prescription for medicinal marijuana, I can buy plants or clean, tested buds from a local outlet that pays taxes and only sells pot, not drugs. Millions paid in taxes, happily. This works. Schedule 1 does not work. Never will. Marijuana gives the Mexican Cartels 75% of their income. Making pot illegal is like making sex or chocolate illegal. It will never work.