Thursday, October 01, 2015
Vote No on Ohio Issue 3, 2015
There are advantages and disadvantages to legalizing marijuana.
If marijuana were legalized, the police could spend more time and resources on rapists, thieves and murderers. If people smoke marijuana and they experience its negative health effects, this should be enough of a deterrent, so there is no need to put them jail. With fewer people in jail, more room could be made to give violent criminals longer sentences. Criminalizing marijuana give authorities a pretext to use their powers against innocent people. It gives them more power which tends to corrupt them. Marijuana may have some legitimate health benefits for people with certain medical conditions.
One the other hand, marijuana may be a gateway drug that could lead someone to do harder drugs and commit more crimes. Smoking marijuana causes lung diseases, brain damage and may be psychologically addictive. Even though many people use marijuana illegally and for recreational purposes, legalizing it might increase usage.
You may or may not believe that the benefits of legalizing marijuana outweigh the disadvantages. But that’s not the point. Issue 3 is not only about legalizing marijuana. If issue 3 passes then only certain people who own certain property would be able to grow, process and sell the marijuana. It is really about one group of investors wanting corner the market on marijuana so they can sell without any legal competition. This is like the gambling issue all over again. If you don't believe me read it for yourself:
If issue 3 passes, then the illegal marijuana producers and sellers will continue, the police will still have to arrest them and the people to whom they sell. The people who sell it legally will charge exorbitant prices so that anyone with a medical need will have to pay more than they should if they can afford it at all. For the most part, issue 3 has all of the disadvantages of legalizing marijuana, with very little of the advantages. There are all these numbers and junk describing the exact boundaries of the land on which the marijuana can be grown and sold. The Constitution of the state of Ohio is supposed to be about protecting the basic rights of EVERY citizen of Ohio. Even though I don’t think that total criminalization of marijuana is good thing, marijuana shouldn’t be considered a fundamental right like freedom of speech, religion, arms and such. On top of that it is an inherently unjust amendment which shows favoritism to a small group of marijuana investors which is one of the main things that is wrong with America today. Its crony capitalism.
If you live in Ohio, please vote NO on issue 3.