At 5/23/11 05:37 PM, stafffighter wrote:
To: Pot smokers.
We are prepared to admit that pot should be legal on the condition that you stop pretending to have a higher purpose than your personal convenience in getting and having pot. We look forward to your response.
To: Hypothetical legislator
We admit convenience pays a role in our desire to see marijuana decriminalized, but we feel the punishments are in violation of the Eighth Amendment which prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments.
this clause also applies to the states.
Marijuana is regarded as a Schedule I, which indicates that:
(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
(B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
(C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision."
The negative consequences pertaining to marijuana use are seemingly equivalent to the negative consequences of alcohol, which was prohibited with the Eighteenth and repealed in the Twenty-first, so it becomes hypocritical to schedule one drug with the likes of heroin when another, with more detriment to our society's health, is massed produced for consumption.
One can easily invalidate these claims with existing legislation, but by enacting harsh and unnecessary punishments on the people, in comparison to the crime that is being punished, we are accepting that the punishment fits the crime. In understanding the parallels between alcohol and marijuana use, one can easily see a prohibition that only creates more problems than solutions. It is only logical to regard them in the same legality.
If there are any arguments as to why these claims are invalid, then by all means, feel free to elaborate the scheduling of one drug to another. It is through understanding that we will begin to see as to why they are regarded the way they are, and come to terms with the legal measures that have incarcerated hundreds of people.
[hypothetical marijuana advocator]