Marijuana opponents always give the slippery slope argument – if people smoke marijuana, it will lead to bad things. Barack Obama smoked marijuana, and he became the President of the United States. Obama is not the only President to smoke marijuana, he’s just the one that we have so much footage of on YouTube. All the way back to George Washington Presidents have consumed marijuana. Marijuana has to be one of the only areas of public policy where the policy makers have first hand experience with the harmless activity, yet still uphold the failed laws, at least in the case of Obama.
When I smoke marijuana, I am not bothering anyone. I smoked about two grams today already, and I have had no desire to call the local heroin dealer, despite what marijuana opponents will lead you to believe. I have consumed marijuana for 18 years and it has never led me to commit crimes, it has never resulted in me causing a crash (although I have crashed sober!), and by all accounts I’m a productive member of society. Marijuana opponents will always point to impaired motor skills, but they never want to talk about how much it impairs your motor skills. I have smoked a lot of marijuana, and not one time have I fallen down a flight of stairs :)
The fact of the matter is, marijuana use does not lead to a lower quality of life. I would argue it has improved my life greatly. Marijuana helps me relax, it helps my ailments, it helps me focus on writing, and marijuana enhances my social interactions. I know I’m not alone, in fact I’m preaching to the choir I’m sure. How many of you out there have smoked marijuana, and have never committed a crime other than the ‘crime’ of smoking marijuana? I would imagine there are millions. Why politicians are constantly trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist, is beyond me.
What’s really going to piss me off is when, in the near future, marijuana support reaches a critical level and the conversation is everywhere, some A hole politician is going to come along and act like they were the one that put the idea out there all along. I won’t be completely upset, as long as it results in ending prohibition, but I will be at least slightly annoyed. Below is a picture that I have been saving for awhile of famous marijuana consumers. As you can see, it’s some big hitters and people that shaped our world. It makes you wonder, where would the world be without marijuana consumption?