3 Questions to End Marijuana Prohibition
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 10/28/2013 in Medical Marijuana Economics
Marijuana prohibition has claimed its share of victims over the past few decades. In fact more than 750,000 people were arrested last year for marijuana related crimes meaning it has cost billions of dollars to the tax payer and distracted law enforcement from pursuing real crimes. Thus if any prohibitionist challenges your views on marijuana legalization there are 3 questions you can ask to help them take the cognitive steps towards the right direction.
How effective has prohibition been thus far?
Marijuana has been effectively banned from the US since 1937 and since then cannabis consumption sky rocketed. It turned out the more “illegal” a substance is the greater desire that substance has. Marijuana just so happened to be placed as a Schedule I Drug meaning it is the most “dangerous” within the categories described in the Control Substance Act.
There is more marijuana consumption in the US now than ever before, kids still smoke weed and even jails get their share of drug use. The fact of the matter is that prohibiting marijuana has proven to be a futile exercise of resources and highly ineffective.
Is it really viable?
There is no evidence that suggests that prohibition is working. Prohibitionists rant about “kids smoking more marijuana than before” and “higher potency in cannabis” but in reality these claims are merely suggesting that their efforts have failed miserably. If more kids are smoking than ever before why try to find the blame in cannabis when in reality it raises an eyebrow towards the effectiveness of prohibition.
It seems the more they rant about how bad drugs are affecting society the bleaker the prohibition argument becomes. They claim more people are growing, more people are selling and this is the problem, but what they are really saying is that despite billions of dollars, despite advertisement campaigns and full media support, Prohibition simply doesn’t work.
Is there a better way?
Finally you must ask the question; “If prohibition doesn’t work then is there an alternative?” Once you have proven to the prohibitionist that prohibition doesn’t work, it’s up to you to help him conclude that a regulated market will actually provide the prohibitionist with the answers he or she has been seeking.
It’s harder for a kid to buy alcohol than it is for him to buy drugs. It’s more difficult to find contraband alcohol producers since the legal merchants have government support and ad space to reach their target markets.
In other words, the illegal market cannot compete with the legal market and thus regulations can be enforced through systematic industry. We can actually “control” the production and supply and are not allowing illegal organizations to generate vast sums of money of which they bribe officials, purchase weapons and erode the fabric of society.
These are only 3 arguments but incredibly powerful ones because it is riddled with truth from beginning to end.