In a throw back to the days of Nixon, the US has refocused on harassing people who use marijuana. By now most US adults know that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and yet most of the drug arrests are for that drug. According The Wichita Eagle, May 4, 2005, reported a rise in drug arrests from 1.1 million in 1990 to 1.5 million presently.
This should not be too surprising. Since the Reagan years and the Republican revolution, marijuana, along with any cultural tradition that grew out of the 1960s and 1970s liberalism is under attack. Marijuana may take away a person’s loyalties to the government. That’s especially true if a person uses the drug and realizes how much our government lies about it. Such enforcement is sure to please the Christian fundamentalists who would rather rope us into their church, rather than let us smoke pot. They are sure to bring up the bogus “gateway drug” argument.
“Take away pot and you take away all other drugs,” they argue. The problem is, it doesn’t work. Some crack addicts have never used marijuana. The high that comes from narcotics and cocaine are completely different from that of pot. It’s like arguing that drinking orange juice will lead to alcoholism, since many people mix vodka with orange juice. The argument just doesn’t make sense.
Arresting pot smokers is a terrible waste of resources anyway. The main purpose of pot prohibition seems to be to force clients into state ordered rehab. There’s money to be made and it’s another opportunity for Christian fundamentalists to use the system to rope in new members.
Remember: a brain on Christian fundamentalist religion or the influence of the present day Republican imperialists is no better than a brain saturated with drugs. All three impede the cognitive ability to use the brain.We should also know better than to trust a man who spent the Vietnam War stateside, getting drunk at frat parties, smoking pot and snorting coke, yet portrayed himself as a patriot over a man who actually went to Vietnam and had something to say about it. See: Bush sucks weed.