Why It Is a Natural Human Right To Smoke Weed
The debate whether cannabis consumption is a right or a privilege is something that many people have debated over the past few decades. We all know the government position, “Weed is a Drug and Drugs are bad, mmmkay!” For years millions of people stood behind this policy, claiming that drug prohibition is about “safety” and about “saving those kids” from the ills of the world.
However, drug prohibition is far from “mmmkay” because it goes against basic human rights and is an instrument of tyranny. I’ll carefully lay out my arguments for you and at the end you should have the knowledge bombs to obliterate any opposition to the legality of weed (and all other drugs for that matter)
The Right of Ownership
The first and fundamental question each and every free person should ask is, “Do I own my body (mind)”. Under current drug laws, you don’t! You do not have a right to alter your consciousness through external substances.
Drug Laws implement rules and regulations on your own perception of reality and cognition. If you’re caught with cannabis in a state that has regressive weed laws, you’ll be thrown in jail. If you have an amount that is deemed “too much” you’d be tried as a trafficker and even harsher penalties will be sanctioned. This despite the fact that many weed users like to buy in bulk since it is usually cheaper and reduces the need for you to go out and risk your liberty to purchase reefer.
What this entails is a subtle claim from the government that, you do not own your body or mind. You are essentially “state property”. If this is true, then cannabis laws are justified due to the fact that any harm done to “state property” is illegal.
However, under the constitution, you are ‘not state property’. You are a free person with inalienable rights to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. Drug prohibition goes against these inalienable rights by placing sanctions on your life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The government utilizes drug laws as a mechanism of slavery. By violating these laws and getting thrown into jail, you turn from the hypothetical “government owned” to the literal “government owned” as convicts wave their citizenry and effectively becomes ‘the property of the state’. Back in the day, when someone was ‘owned’ by someone else, they were known as slaves.
Prohibition is a legal mechanism to turn non-violent offenders into legal slaves, that will spend the rest of their sentence working on producing goods for the military industrial complex and the federal government. In fact, 80% of all the goods produced in prison goes directly to the military and the government.
Abe Lincoln said, “Prohibition… goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes… A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”
Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Consciousness
Another great quote by Milton Friedman goes as follows, “The Government has as much right to tell me what I can put into my mouth, than it does in telling me what can come out of my mouth.”
In other words, the government has no right to tell me what and what I cannot do with my own body/mind. It is my right as a free person to decide whether a substance is good for me or bad, irrespectively if the substance is bad for me…I still have a right to choose.
Now I know some of you might be like, “Well…what about heroin…heroin is bad for you!” This might be true, but so is eating a shit-load of cheese burgers, but we didn’t create an agency that is dedicated to tracking down cheese burger-holics and throwing them in jail.
In fact, if we’re talking about danger profiles, fast food has a higher social cost than heroin. SAY WHAT?!?
The number one killers in the US
Yes, the number one killer in the US is heart disease and there is a strong coloration between eating junk food and heart disease. The social costs, the medical costs associated with poor eating habits are in the high billions of dollars each year. Yet, as a society we don’t feel the need to regulate people’s eating habits. We say, “They have a right to decide how healthy or unhealthy they want to live”. Yet for some reason, we draw the line at drug use?
Oh, and only certain drugs of course. Tobacco, which kills roughly 400,000 people each year which has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, and alcohol which kills about 80,000 people each year is fine. You can drink and smoke yourself to death without repercussions, yet spark up a joint and you’re a legal deviant out to destroy the very fabric of liberty. This my friends is pure hypocrisy.
Just like the government can’t tell you how many cheese burgers you can snarf down in one setting, similarly they do not have the right to tell you what drugs you put into your body. You have a right to make bad decisions that only affect you. Your liberty ends where another’s begins.
Drug Laws are about Safety
If someone tells you that drug laws are about safety, simply remind them that cigarettes are legal. It’s the drug that kills more people each year than all other drugs combined. Prohibition shifts the drug industry into the black market.
The black market could give two shits about your health and safety. In fact, the black market only cares about profit margins. Meaning they will cut corners in terms of safety and would easily sell to children because you know, there are no legal regulations they need to follow.
During heavy prohibition eras like in the 80s, it was easier for kids to get weed than alcohol. This is still true in heavy prohibition states.
So if someone was truly worried about the “kiddies” they would advocate legalizing all drugs, because under a legal system, retailers would be forced to card. Manufacturers would have to abide to safety levels.
It’s a safer approach to drug use to have it in a legal system. Sure, some people will abuse drugs, some will still die from consumption, however I can guarantee that it won’t be ‘more’ than what is currently occurring under a legal system.
The only difference is that under a black market system, you funnel revenue back into the pockets of cartels, as opposed to the state. This means that under prohibition you get all the negatives of drugs, and none of the positives.
The Government has as much right to tell me what I can put into my mouth, than it does in telling me what can come out of my mouth.
Prohibition the Mechanism of Tyranny
In conclusion, we see that not only is drug prohibition an absolute failure, it is actually a tool in the arsenal of tyrants. It goes against the very principles of a free nation and attempts to control people’s appetites through laws. Turns non-violent people into legal slaves. And it is the antonym of freedom and if we were a world of free people, we would fight this tooth and nail. We’d hang everyone who was in favor of suppressing our inalienable rights to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.
Smoking weed and doing any drug for that matter is your right…not a privilege