The Daily Bell writers regularly surprise me with perceptive insights, some of them of monumental importance in current events. They make connections that many of us fail to make, they often connect the dots for us.
Uruguay has become the first nation in modern times to “legalize” marijuana use. But the law requires users to register with the government, and restricts consumption per user to “up to 40g (1,4oz) of the drug a month”. It may be a step in the right direction, but that’s not much. When I was a college kid I toked (as we called it) on weekends, but quit later. My experience with it gave me a great way to tell my kids about it, how it makes you really, really dumb. Oh yes it does!
But despite the wasteful uselessness of the recreational use of the drug for a chemical high, banning it altogether is still worse, and the best scenario as in all things concerning such issues, is to ban the use of force to prevent its use for any reason whatsoever. Introducing a machinery of third parties making a maze of rules about it, means also creating an armed group with the purpose of making people obey those rules under threat.
Better to convince users with facts, rather than using the threat of force.
“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still”.
Anyway, read the Daily Bell article. It’s worth the read.
- Monsanto Marijuana Initiative Grows in Uruguay (thedailybell.com)
- Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade (worldnews.nbcnews.com)
- Uruguay Becomes World’s First Nation to Legalize Marijuana – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Leak: US Using Taxpayer Dollars To Promote Monsanto GMOs Overseas (fiwebelize.com)