Then we might as well refer to salt as harmless. Or coffee. Everything in moderation, including marijuana.
Originally Posted by HonestJoe
And you claim that marijuana harms people other than those ingesting it? Tell me, when a person lights up a joint, who is the victim?
Most prescription drugs will harm nobody other than the person taking it. That isn't the reason we have the process of qualified medical professions providing them on prescription only.
On the contrary, it is an issue of morality because it has entirely to do with self-ownership and, by extension, the right to use one's body in whatever manner one see fit.
That's a complex question but regardless, the issue of morality are entirely irrelevant here.
Those who aren't obedient to authority because obedience is demanded like to tweak the nose of authority with overt references to that which authority has insisted is verboten.
The knee-jerk objection because of it's use as an illegal drug is a problem but just as disruptive is the knee-jerk promotion
because it is an illegal drug.
Well, I'm not one to hide behind the medical marijuana debate. Government has always been dishonest about drugs and the war on human behaviors. I have no problem with doing whatever is necessary, so long as it is peaceful, in order to, step by step, re-legalize drugs starting with marijuana.
There are plenty of people out there arguing for "medicinal marijuana" just because they want to use it recreationally with fewer or no legal controls. If that dishonesty didn't exist, it would be one big stumbling block removed from the possibility of marijuana being used professionally to help people with real medical need.
If it's ok for sick people, why isn't it ok for healthy people?
The principle that the end justifies the means is, in individualist ethics, regarded as the denial of all morals. In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily the supreme rule -F.A. Hayek.
Statists see shortcomings in the marketplace as a reason for government to get bigger, but they rarely see any shortcoming in government as reason for it to get smaller.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.-Albert Camus