The election is nearly to a close and various political, economic and social issues have been debated, mocked and criticized. With all this controversy, Americans and people around the globe are stressed in this environment where worry passively floats floats through the mind. Many individuals fear their ability to handle school, work, disease, family and other personal issues, thus turning to methods that many believe are unreasonable for relieving stress or anxiety. Others for instance, understand these methods to be beneficial in their lives. Though these methods are greatly contended, it has always been questioned as to the rights of individuals in their choice of healthcare and simply in their rights to pursuing a recreational hobby.
To stop beating around the bush, the treatment I’m talking about is the cannabis plant, aka marijuana, weed or pot. Although I’m not hear to advocate the use of drugs or “herbal remedies” for whatever purpose, the idea of legalizing pot or at least decriminalizing small time users, would do great things for America and maybe the world. I sometimes wonder if other nations would follow America if they were to legalize weed? Even though some American politicians and states have made progress in lessening the government’s Federal Marijuana Law, there is still a significant DEA force cracking down on marijuana operations (some legal) and business.
The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substances Act, which does not recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana. These laws are generally applied only against persons who possess, cultivate, or distribute large quantities of marijuana.It is characterized along the same lines as heroin and cocaine. Furthermore, the government views marijuana as highly addictive and having no medical value although government studies have demonstrated that cannabis doesn’t cause permanent harm. (.
Over the past few years, dozens of people have been targets of federal enforcement actions. Many of them have either been arrested or had property seized. More than a hundred are currently in prison or are facing charges or ongoing criminal or civil investigations for their cultivation or distribution of medical marijuana.
While no President will take a stance on the marijuana issue, most likely due to a dramatic hit in reputation (no thanks to the media),it should be something to be considered. Decriminalizing pot would recreate our long lost hemp industry, create jobs and business and most importantly decongest our jails so our tax money can be spent on more important things than locking up small time marijuana users. In 2009, up to 203 million people worldwide and 26 million Americans in 2009 have used marijuana in the past year. Out of that 26 million American users, about 872,000 people were arrested and 600,000 incarcerated for marijuana related offenses. It is astonishing how our government can conceive spending 42 billion dollars on a drug war when we have trillions in debt. It makes no sense. Could it be that our jail system is privatized and corporate institutions want people to be in jail so they can supply the food, clothes and materials that prisoners need and use to work? It is an outlandish claim yet why not speculate?
Although for now America’s drug laws are fixed, we can examine Israel, a country full of history and individuals who respect and follow the bible, whichever it may be. Marijuana and Hashish are illegal and so is any related action (buying, selling, growing, smoking) in Israel.
The Israeli law doesn’t distinguish between different kinds of drugs in terms of severity. However, there is an amount defined by the law as for personal use. In terms of enforcement, the police usually ignore marijuana smokers, but will probably arrest you if you got into any other kind of trouble and was carrying pot. Even though the Israli government recognizes pot as illegal and similar to other illicit substances, the police don’t see it as a major threat and don’t overreact to the lack of danger that’s occurring.
Lebanon on the other hand, used to be one of the world’s leading producers of hashish and Bekaa Valley as one in the cannabis industry, though government eradication has been the tactic since 1992. This destruction of crops hurt the income of many living in these areas and slowed their development as well. Colonel Adel Mashmoushi, head of the Lebanese anti-drug agency promotes the complete decimation of cannabis so it is not looking positive for the citizens in Bekaa valley. Why are most states NOT in favor of decriminalizing or medically legalizing cannabis? Do you believe it will benefit the American or any economy if regulated? Do you think there will be significant marijuana reform in the next 5 years? As Arnold Schwarzenegger puts it,”That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.”