Monday, August 28, 2006

Marijuanadon

That's my new favorite dinosaur. Actually, it's the end of question I asked one of my coworkers, "What's your view on the legalization of marijuana, Don?" He gave me the response that just about every marijuana advocate gives. "We should legalize it and tax it."

I don't think this is a valid argument. Anything that can be measured can be taxed. We could legalize murder and put a tax on it. ("Let's see, you gunned down three people, that's a $300,000 tax bill. Too bad one of them was accidental.") The ability to tax marijuana is entirely irrelevant to whether we should legalize it.

I personally am opposed to it, for I do not believe that society functions well when there are people who are not entirely in control of their minds.

3 Comments:

Blogger Noumenon said...

I do not believe that society functions well when there are people who are not entirely in control of their minds.

I think the example of alcohol shows a society can take the consequences without collapsing. Let freedom reign! On the other hand there are those Third World societies where no one does anything but chew qat. But they're happier that way.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

I think the example of alcohol shows a society can take the consequences without collapsing.

However, alcohol can very easily be used for purposes other than drunkeness, even when used as a beverage. I remember reading in "The Endless Steppe" how people would get drunk drinking cheap cologne, because other forms of alcohol was unavailable.

According to the FBI, in 2002 alcohol was involved in 1 million violent crimes. It may not cause societal collapse, but it sure doesn't make it more stable.

On the other hand there are those Third World societies where no one does anything but chew qat. But they're happier that way.

Pre-islamist Somalia is the usual example. The drug was first used in large quantities by their warlords, because you can shoot a person who's on khat and they don't care. Perhaps it has made the young men of Somalia happier, but it has made life much more difficult for the non-chewing population.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Noumenon said...

Perhaps it has made the young men of Somalia happier, but it has made life much more difficult for the non-chewing population.

A lot like the Playstation.

4:14 AM  

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