I’ve asked you in the past about if you smoke weed/hash or not, and the results were surprising, with 40% regular smokers, 19% occasional, and only 27% vehemently opposed.
Recently, the FBI-style mass-arrests of kids and university students in Lebanon, and the controversy it has created, brings many things to light.
- Should we really be spending all that money and effort to bust kids smoking a joint and ruin their lives in Lebanon’s catastrophically managed “justice” system?
- Is it that important for MTV’s “Bil Jirm El Mashooud”? Do we ruin people’s reputations and give them the scare of their life and do virtually nothing to hide their identities? So that we get good TV and give the Lebanese an illusion that the police actually do something?
- Is it acceptable that mass murderers, rapists, child molesters and virtually every kind of scum on earth can roam freely in Lebanon, unabated, but an 18-year-old gets strip-searched and urine-tested for weed?
- Can we keep letting the drug cartels in the Bekaa become more and more powerful? With outlaws proudly going on TV and calling themselves “Robin Hoods” and challenging the government to try and catch them if they can?
- Shouldn’t we legalize and tax it, allowing for increased revenue that would hopefully lessen the back-breaking tax on gas and telecom?
- Shouldn’t we recognize how important a historical and cultural component Cannabis plants in the Bekaa were and still are for Lebanon since ancient times?
- Don’t you think we need to catch up with the rest of the developed world, and legalize personal use for all the positive effects it has on an individual?
- Don’t you think people with chronic illnesses and those undergoing chemotherapy deserve to have their pain and nausea alleviated?
- Would you really prefer violent drunk people and drivers instead of docile, peaceful stoners? Then how can you be OK with alcohol being legal and not marijuana?
Let’s settle this, and see how many of you folks are actually with legalization, or at least decriminalization. We’ll go from there, and next week, I’ll post the scientific evidence pro-legalization and some historical background about cannabis and Lebanon.