If cannabis / marijuana is not as bad as they say, then why and how was it made illegal in the first place?
To understand all of this, we must first take into account one very important aspect – just because lawmakers and politicians have been elected to ‘work in the interest of the people’ DOES NOT automatically mean that they will do so. Without making this crucial acknowledgement, one cannot understand the ridiculous, disproven context in which marijuana was originally made illegal (first in the United States, then in the rest of the world).
As such evidence has shown, the actual context in which marijuana was made illegal is, in reality, one that had a biased agenda and was protecting the interests of both the federal departments responsible for narcotics as well as of several industries (e.g.: paper, timber, pharmaceutical industries). The rest of the world’s governments simply followed the lead of the United States, one which was obtained through the leverage created by the sheer economic and military power of the US.
It was also used to unjustly incriminate people of Latin- or African-American heritage; if we look at the United States as an example, one can see just how much the rate of incarceration has inflated over the years since drugs were declared illegal and dangerous (there is now a total of over 2,300,000 people serving a jail sentence in the US, 111,000 of which are drug-related offences).
Do we want our children to grow up in a world where access to a plant whose versatility (its medicinal potential is being investigated and further research has been recommended/) can potentially change the world as we know it is not only denied but punished with a jail sentence? Or do we want them to grow in a world where we explain how things work, where we tell them that moderation and balance are key to interacting with substances such as cannabis?
If education sounds like a better choice, then keep on reading…