The Scheduling of Marijuana [infographic]

April 19, 2013 |  by  |  Government, Health

April 20th, the world wide celebration of a drug, that according to our government, is as bad as heroin and cocaine. Today’s infographic sheds light on the absurdity of marijuana being a schedule one drug. With dozens of states using pot as a medicine and two states in the union completely legalizing its use shows how behind our federal government is. According to the feds, weed, a schedule 1 drug, is more dangerous than meth, a schedule two. Then how come Colorado and Washington state haven’t completely shut down since January? Why aren’t there marijuana addicts strewn across public streets and parks, committing crimes and selling themselves for a fix of pot?

A recent study shows 52% of the American population believe in legalizing the drug. As a democratic nation, the legalization is now inevitable. Regulations on the marijuana industry will be a blessing. Kids will have to be a certain age to purchase the drug, tax revenue is estimated to be in the billions and the medical community will have access to a drug that thousands of suffering citizens already owe their life to.

If you couldn’t tell, my post today is incredibly biased. My message to you is get over it. Stop ignoring science and fact and let’s help common sense legislature take a new place in our government. [Via]

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  • Jillian Galloway

    According to the drug czar, marijuana can’t be legalized because “legalizing marijuana won’t solve the nation’s drug problem”.

    Well, legalizing alcohol didn’t “solve the nation’s alcohol problem” either – and that wasn’t the point of it. Alcohol was legalized to reduce the amount of harm in society and to make alcohol significantly harder for children to access. And as long as alcohol is legalized we’re going to continue to reap these benefits.

    We need to REJECT this notion of the ONDCP that marijuana should only be legalized if it “solves the nation’s drug problem” – this is not even a factor that they should consider!

    The ONLY thing that’s relevant here is that legalizing marijuana like wine will make marijuana much more difficult for children to access and will give adults a FAR safer alternative to alcohol. Legalization of these substances is a rational policy that effectively minimizes the amount of harm and addiction in society.

  • eliot

    There are some misconceptions even in this article, too. For example: There is no “fatal level” of marijuana — 1,500 pounds is an arbitrary number picked by the US government. Also, the statistic saying that Marijuana is as addictive as Caffeine is incredibly false: Marijuana is not addictive like caffeine in the sense that there are no physical withdrawals, or physical addiction properties to it. It is addictive in the same way any habit forming behavior is addictive, and should not in any way be associated with Cocaine, Heroin, or Caffeine (a powerful stimulant, and neurotoxin.) Millions of people today are suffering — they are forced by our governments to be addicted to painkillers for chronic pain, or other chronic illness. These painkillers are related to heroin — they are morphine, Codeine, or synthetic opioids MUCH more powerful than heroin, morphine, or codeine. Many of these people could benefit from Medical Marijuana as a healthy alternative — yes healthy — have you seen how miserable heroin addicts are? They’re just socially rejected versions of the people who are prescribed the stuff 100x more powerful than heroin. I liked the article, but, as I said above, there are some mistakes to be corrected.

  • abi

    I dont know about the medical benefits, but I sure wish it wasn’t so available in highschool, marijuana was definately accessible even before cigarettes and alcohol were, thus many of my friends continued use into adulthood and neglected their studies in middle and high school. Im all for legalization to keep it away from kids, its something I could have lived without doing.
    I have a theory about marijuana I cant make up my mind which way it goes, but either it is an escape for people in low wage exploitative jobs, or it allows these people to be exploited and not stand up for themselves. One or the other, but I think if it werent for high school potheads retail and fast food industries would need more undocumented immigrants to meet their labor needs.