Are Laws Prohibiting Marijuana Ethical?

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 05 Oct 2009 13:22:35 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Hemp News - a short essay on the harmfulness of cannabis hemp.

I commented:

I don't care if the drug causes death to 100% of its users. If it doesn't directly harm another person, then it is my right to use it, just as it's my right to engage in other dangerous activities, like skydiving, race-car driving, boxing, etc. Adults get to decide what dangers they are willing to take, and to balance risks.

Addiction is a myth. Yes, there are substances that are difficult to stop using. But it takes nothing but sufficient motivation to quit. Sometimes, getting help from others makes quitting easier. Sufficiently motivated adults get the help they need, unless admitting they have a problem will land them in a cage with a bunch of violent criminals. But that's due to prohibition, not drugs.

Marijuana should be available in bulk in the health food store for a few bucks an ounce. Morphine should be available over the counter in the drug store for a few bucks a jar.

If government has any proper place in the regulation of drugs, it should be as a source of information, so that adults can make informed decisions, and as insurance against fraud.

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