”Marijuana kan inte döda dig” är en populär refräng i cannabis samhället, av uppenbara skäl. Till skillnad från nästan alla andra ämnen på jorden, du kan inte konsumera tillräckligt med marijuana för att överdosera och dö.
Självklart, som allt annat, marihuanabruk kan starta en kedja av händelser som leder till din död. Till exempel, om du gör en dabb på en 3rd golvet balkong och du tar för stor hit och bli lätt och faller av balkongen, du kan dö. Du kan kvävas ihjäl på en mycket torr gryta. Livet är konstigt och konstiga saker händer hela tiden.
Then there are the avoidable deaths that can come from marijuana use, like the cases of patients who have been denied organ transplants because of their choice of medical marijuana. An uncountable number of people have been given less of a chance at life because they chose a safer alternative to dangerous and addictive prescription drugs.
The legalization of marijuana would solve some of these problems, others it would not. You still might need some milk for that brownie, regardless of its legality. And the fact that substances that are much more dangerous than marijuana and kill tens of thousands of people every year can be bought on most store shelves is a ridiculous set of circumstances, but even the proven safety of marijuana is not the main reason it should be legal.
Cannabis should be legal because the people who possess, consume, grow and sell it are not infringing on the rights of anyone else. Now, here is where many will begin talking about societal implications of marijuana use and claim someone else will be paying for the decision later, so rights are being infringed, etc.
The problem with that line of logic is that it can be applied to just about anything. Someone deciding to eat 10 Big Macs a month could very well be making a decision other people will end up paying for down the road. The federal government could ban Big Macs, and all other unhealthy foods, but who decides what is unhealthy and how that would be enforced? Are we going to prohibit all foods with a certain fat content or a certain number of calories? And all because some people will abuse the privilege of being able to eat as many Big Macs as they want?
As I’ve said before, if you don’t want to pay for the mistakes of others, take it up with the lawmakers who force you to. The alternative is banning every single thing that could cause harm to anyone.
Is that a world you would want to live in?