Prohibition is an utter failure.
Compared to the European Union and the U.S., Portugal’s drug use numbers are impressive. Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U.: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%. Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.
(From time.com, emphasis added)
- We’ve spent billions on enforcement, and more on prison and court costs, and marijuana usage hasn’t changed significantly in adults.
- 2001 data tables
- 2009 data tables
- It’s not working.
- Just like in the 20s, prohibition of a substance makes it more, not less, dangerous. We’ve artificially inflated the price of cheap-to-produce commodity due to the risk involved in selling it. Cartels make a killing growing a plant.
- We arrest users who have at worst risked their own health. Criminal punishment should be reserved for people who directly infringe others’ rights, or put others at significant risk, not using a substance in the privacy of their homes.
- Keeping pot illegal means that we can’t get proper dosage information, can’t properly research it, and we have to deal with obvious lies from the government about it.
- Assuming you believe everything they say, marijuana’s addiction rate is 9%, far lower than what most people would call a dangerously addictive drug (and about the same as caffeine). And if you do get addicted, you’re looking at some of the mildest withdrawal symptoms any drug has to offer.
- The only “gateway” marijuana has is to the illegal dealers who offer more dangerous drugs. Legalize it and that connection is broken.
- Areas where it’s decriminalized or legal don’t have significantly higher usage rates than the U.S., and in many cases have much lower usage rates (see quote above).
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hi.I feel a need to write to you. i dont know anything about autism . when Alex is hurting himself for a reason..perhaps feels something awefull that is why he is hurting himself to stop these aweful feelings..GOd Bless Alex. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBehfBcEYsg
Whatever medicine, legal or not, natural or artificial that could help him to live better with his daily struggle should be allowed to him. God bless you Alex!
Hello! I’m truly inspired by your sons story. My son also has bad self injury behaviors. I’m at my last end and am willing to travel to try out the cannabis oil. Where are you from and how did you come into contact with a doctor who was willing to listen to you