Marijuana continues on a parallel course with alcohol. Alcohol was once illegal and has now become an accepted and encouraged part of our society and economy. Following alcohol 80 years later, marijuana has entered the fast track for future legalization.
Alcohol brings winners and losers:
Collectively, alcohol collects around $8 billion dollars in taxes in America http://www.ttb.gov/pdf/budget/2013cj.pdf and costs this country about $193 billion dollars yearly in deaths, workplace productivity, health care costs, criminal justice, etc. http://www.cdc.gov/features/alcoholconsumption/ An astonishing percentage of arrests for violent crimes include alcohol (37% of state prisoners and 21% federal prisoners) http://www.bjs.gov/content/acf/29_prisoners_and_alcoholuse.cfm
Highlighting the damage that alcohol brings to many families and communities, it is easier to understand how it was once illegal in our country. Ironically, alcohol has become widely accepted, a part of our culture and the damage and costs are rarely discussed.
In recent years millions of dollars have been spent by organizations and individuals to emphasize the legalization of marijuana. Like the legal narcotic industry preceding them with the introduction of OxyContin, “pain relief” and “medical use” have been the beginning mantra for marijuana legalization. “Relieving pain” has become the catch phrase to bring more drugs to our streets over the last seventeen years. A recently carefully worded poll in Florida indicated over 80% favor “medical marijuana”.
I remain astonished that millions of dollars are spent on promoting medical marijuana and the money is not being spent on encouraging research.
This blog is written for my children and grandchildren. With marijuana soon to be legalized and accepted as part of the American culture, I wonder how much more this country can withstand as we put more drugs onto our streets and into our homes.
I recently read that China had 70 million opium addicts before the People’s Republic of China took control in 1949. Presently, America has an estimated 23 million drug and alcohol addicts in this country, millions of children being given a daily dose of amphetamines and millions of adults are on psychotropic drugs, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills. The drug distribution continues to grow with little government control or education.
When will we reach the tipping point in which America cannot afford more drugs?
Before America went to Afghanistan, the Taliban had destroyed the opium fields. In China, it was a communist regime that curtailed opium addiction. Strict government policies keep drugs out of Singapore.
Who is going to stop the drug distribution in America?