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15 benefits of marijuana legalization by a Texas Libertarian

lp-texasMark Davis recently wrote a piece for The Dallas Morning News saying that while he agrees with libertarians on many things, they lose him on weed.

Davis essentially says that the notion of legalizing marijuana is a bad thing, challenging its advocates to name one societal benefit from its legalization, claiming that they can’t.

Ken Ashby of Dallas, who is running for U.S. representative, District 5 as a Libertarian, stepped up to the plate and answered Davis’ challenge.

Here are your marijuana legalization benefits, Mr. Davis

Name one benefit of legalizing marijuana? Here are 15.

It improves control. Regulate marijuana like alcohol. Hard drugs would require prescriptions.

It reduces corruption. Let legitimate industry profit instead of organized crime.

It defunds gangs. Legal sales put street dealers out of business.

It cuts property crime. Black-market prices motivate most break-ins.

It helps secure borders. Make smuggling as obsolete as bootlegging.

It frees police, courts and prisons. Make room for violent offenders.

It relieves taxpayers. The drug war has cost trillions, but legalization generates revenue.

It ends the police state. Wiretaps, searches, raids and forfeitures are a drug war legacy.

It saves lives. The black market is notorious for poisonous impurities and unknown dosages.

It removes the gateway. Who pushes hard drugs — an illegal dealer, or a licensed cannabis shop?

It protects children. Illegal dealers sell to kids. Legal retailers check IDs.

It treats addicts. Those seeking help will no longer get criminal records.

Provide medicinal use. Marijuana relieves glaucoma and chemotherapy side effects.

It promotes lawfulness. Prohibition breeds disrespect for police among otherwise good citizens.

It restores personal responsibility. Government will not protect you from your own stupidity.

Drug prohibition, like the Middle East war, is a big-government failure. It is time conservatives woke up to that fact.

Davis makes the claim that the only thing holding people back from experimenting with marijuana is the law, and while that may be true for some, some 20 million people consume cannabis on a regular basis in the US, a conservative estimate, all without major detriment to society.

“In an age when the very value of work is under attack from various factions, the last thing we need is waves of experimentation with a drug that tells users to sit down and turn on the TV for six hours” Davis states.

Comparing alcohol to cannabis, Davis sidesteps the issue while showing his hypocrisy, stating:

The first reply from the pot legalizers is that alcohol use has a downside as well. This is true, but irrelevant. As human history unfolds, there are various substances we will permit and various things we will ban, all based on case-by-case evaluation of benefits and detriments.

If they tell you pot is “safer than alcohol,” offer a choice of whom to hop in a car with: someone who’s had one beer or someone who’s smoked one joint.

Most people consuming alcohol are not looking to get drunk; everyone smoking pot is looking to get high. I know my friends and I surely were when we shamefully did our part to keep Colombian cartels in business 30-plus years ago.

Anyone may favor legalization, but don’t swallow any false tales of its harmlessness.

Perhaps it would surprise Mr. Davis to know that vehicular fatalities have decreased in states where some form of marijuana legalization exists.

Apparently, Davis believes that if a certain freedom isn’t granted by the U.S. Constitution, that society should certainly look to ban it.

By: Stephen Carter
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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. February 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Cannabislawgirl and commented:
    What an excellent rebuttal to Mr. Davis’ article. Its important to see the issue from all sides, all parts.