If we all followed the Chris Christie mentality
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 04/08/2015 in Medical Marijuana
A recent statement from the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie he said, “Every bit of objective data tells us that it’s a gateway drug to other drugs. And it is not an excuse in our society to say that alcohol is legal so why not make marijuana legal. … Well … why not make heroin legal? Why not make cocaine legal? You know, their argument is a slippery slope.”
Today’s article points out a fundamental flaw in the words used by the Governor. His attempt to belittle the argument of “alcohol legality as a reason to legalize marijuana” by claiming that it would give incentive to legalize all drugs, is not just wrong, but it opens up space for a counter-argument that I’m sure he would not appreciate.
Not all Drugs are Equal
You cannot compare Meth with Alcohol nor can you compare Heroin to Marijuana, these drugs are all on their own plane of existence with unique side effects. While I personally would argue to decriminalize all drugs, making all of them legal would not be a smart approach to drug policy reform. In other words, there should be absolutely no criminal penalty for using any sort of substance…even if it is heroin.
The reason being that criminalization of substance use has proven to be an ineffective deterrent to drug use in general and in most cases, a minor drug offender could walk out of jail a hardcore heroin junkie. To believe that jailing people will cure them of their addiction is ridiculous seeing that even in maximum-security prisons drugs run rampant.
The comparison of marijuana and alcohol is much easier to digest seeing that 20 million American smoke regularly and it is the most used illicit recreational drug on the market. There are plenty of reasons why this alone should justify legalization.
Consider the Opposite
In his comment he said, ‘because alcohol is legal, why not legalize marijuana’. However, what if we take his same logic and apply it in reverse. If Marijuana is illegal because it’s ‘dangerous’ shouldn’t we be advocating the illegality of alcohol seeing it poses a greater threat on the safety of the public? If we give permission to the government to control our consumption with the guise of ‘making us safer’ then what about the way we eat?
Heart disease is the number one killer in the US, fast food contributes to thus said death toll. Under Christie’s reasoning, should we start limiting the amount of food overweight people consume on a monthly basis? Seeing that Christie is a man of substantial girth, this wouldn’t sit right with him at all!
However, the point I’m trying to make is that we cannot police people’s consumption habits. It is each and every one of our responsibility to take care of our own bodies, failure to do so should not result in a criminal penalty.
Cannabis consumption is safer than alcohol consumption on multiple levels; it poses a lower risk to society in general.
The reason people argue the ‘alcohol’ point is because it provides ‘choice of recreational substance’ within our ‘free’ society.
So Governor Christie, if you want to keep marijuana illegal because it’s dangerous…then we’ll have to make alcohol illegal and put you on a State enforced diet, failure to comply could land you in jail for ten to twenty.