I am not in favor, nor have I ever been in favor of the legalization of marijuana, except for medical purposes. Some cancer patients find marijuana useful with pain relief and increasing appetite. Legalization of marijuana runs counter to what I think is in the best interest of the nation. I totally understand I am in the minority when it comes to legalization of this drug.
I suspect it may almost seem alien to admit I have never once tried marijuana. I also have never once tried a cigarette. Hard to believe perhaps, but true.
My dad smoked cigarettes in my youth, and as a result I never wanted any part of them. In my early teen years my dad stopped smoking, and the whole family continually applauded him for the effort at making his health, and our lives better.
I have never felt the need to escape via drugs, or to have some alternative reality to cling to as a means of coping. As a teenager I loved to go biking into the country, and now long walks with James clears the mind and adds perspective.
While I am very aware that a long list of notables on all sides of the political spectrum have weighed in over time on why legalization of marijuana and other drugs is a rational approach our government should be taking, I have never been able to agree.
Old-fashioned perhaps, but that is just how I feel.
Getting to the root causes of why someone has bouts of anger, boredom, depression, anxiety, (reasons many turn to marijuana) would be a far more useful and productive use of time than to light a joint. Life will be much richer in a wide variety of ways if the higher path can be found, as opposed to a haze of smoke.
So, yes, I am just perplexed by the words of Pat Robertson. I have often differed with him on a wide range of issues, but I suspected we would agree on this one dealing with marijuana.
Robertson is a man who promotes spiritual values, and as such I am at a loss to explain how admitting defeat over a proven problem that demonstrates itself in many ways is good for either the individual, or the nation. How does what Robertson says in any way lift our nation to something better? If the ‘war on drugs’ is not working, then it needs to be modified. Handing the sling-shot over to Goliath and bending down is not my view of leadership or morality.
“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.”
Mr. Robertson’s remarks echoed statements he made last week on “The 700 Club,” the signature program of his Christian Broadcasting Network, and other comments he made in 2010. While those earlier remarks were largely dismissed by his followers, Mr. Robertson has now apparently fully embraced the idea of legalizing marijuana, arguing that it is a way to bring down soaring rates of incarceration and reduce the social and financial costs.
“I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up,” he said.
Mr. Robertson’s remarks were hailed by pro-legalization groups, who called them a potentially important endorsement in their efforts to roll back marijuana penalties and prohibitions, which residents of Colorado and Washington will vote on this fall.