Regurgitating the most banal and elementary points about marijuana legalization is repetitive as well as boring. However a new scientific study has found marijuana can -- if used on a regular basis over long periods of time during ones teen years -- cause permanent damage to ones IQ. This seems to have represented a cue for some in favour of marijuana prohibition to think their cause has been vindicated.
Yes reader, this was a newsflash. Any reasonable person who believes in freedom of choice and all that good stuff will conclude upon hearing a conclusive study like that clear warnings should be placed on packets of marijuana. Warnings detailing the risk that people who use this drug run. So when they choose to smoke or intake marijuana in whatever way they chose they are aware of the effects it can potentially cause.
However, as well you know you cannot legally go out and buy marijuana legally, unlike the manner in which you can buy packets of cigarettes, as you can with cigarettes, a much more dangerous substance, packets of which are finally being clearly labelled in order to warn consumers about the dire dangers of inhaling such a substance. So, to address an age-old simple point once again, why not the same with marijuana, it is a far less dangerous substance which does far less damage, even if consumed on a regular basis.
Again, elementary truths, the statement of which doesn't have any effect in the mainstream debate. The debate shouldn't be centered around the affect of the drug, but simply the manner in which broader society can be properly educated about the substances which they choose to take. The drug shouldn't be banned, especially over something as trivial as having an effect on ones IQ after regular usage.
The Irish Times has a piece on the topic of teens and marijuana. In it Dr. Bobby Smyth of Trinity College in Dublin made – among other good, and again elementary ones – a simple, yet good point. He stated that smoking pot is “a roll of the dice. But the idea that you could pour any chemical into your brain week after week and year after year and that your isn't going to be changed by that is delusional.”
Delusional indeed. Selectively looking for excuses for the prohibition of a drug that has relatively mild long-lasting effects on its user is frivolous. In a society that is supposedly run by adults we're being treated like irresponsible and naive children, relatively well educated people don't have the choice to choose for themselves, instead of educating the broader public many have resorted to advocating prohibition, which in of itself is petty and authoritarian in nature.
A truly free and democratic society is one that is educated to the point that when one is of the legal age to consume alcohol and tobacco – be it 18 or 21 – one should be well enough educated to be able to make their own choices in life and live with the consequences of their own predictable actions.
Drugs shouldn't be such a sensitive issue in free societies made up predominately of relatively educated and sober minded peoples. More open and honest discussion is needed, not rumour generating and fear mongering, which, in turn act to undermine healthy and educated debate for the benefit of society.
The hollow rhetoric emanating from people who devise half-baked excuses for the negation of peoples freedom haven't in any real sense scored any victory or vindication from this latest study. Yet, whilst these very simple facts are in the public's conscious this writer feels they are nevertheless still not in the mainstream media's conscious, and that represents a problem that those concerned with freedom of choice should be concerned about, and should be accordingly pondering ways in which to fix this discourse so that this issue can be properly addressed and judged on its merits and demerits.
The reasonable thing to do surely isn't prohibition, marijuana should be legalized, if it is not only can it be taxed like all other 'legal' drugs, it can be properly supplied which will in turn eliminate a large number of criminal gangs who sell the drug to fund their own illicit activities. On top of all this health standards can be put in place ensuring the marijuana is cultivated properly and not filled with harmful additives -- which the cannabis sold illegally on the street is often. And on the packet can be a health warning, informing the consumer the potential health hazards intake of this substance can pose.
That would make sense, which is why, I'm sorry to say, we won't see such an initiative anytime soon.