posted on Jul, 11 2015 @ 01:54 PM
Very simple question, not a simple answer.
Not at all.
It just itches that part of my mind how it's just so "normal" and "accepted" (not to all people, worth mentioning) that we as a society consume
alcohol and cigarettes. How about the monolithic rabbit hole of big pharma?
I just don't understand it. Even here on ATS, we have little beer mugs and I read quite often about other members "having a drink to that," but
before you jump the gun - relax, I don't mind at all, I am not here to tell anyone how or how not they should live their lives.
But there's something that's always struck me in comparison. Look at marijuana. How political correct do we have to be about a plant? As far as I'm
concerned, plants don't have the ability to speak so this plant is not offending anyone.
So, what am I getting it, exactly?
You see, alcohol and tobacco are everywhere. Every gas station has advertisements. I don't watch much television besides Netflix, but when I do I see
a lot of alcohol advertisements with half-naked women, celebrities, sports cars, it's just maddening.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to pull a quick search of some articles about alcholol and its correlation with anger, irrationality - not to
mention drunk driving accidents, and we all know the term "alcoholic" too well, because many of us unfortunately have had people close to us succumb
to such an empty label. But it happens. All. The. Time.
So why is it so accepted? We KNOW that it impairs driving, yet we literally have establishments open that entire purpose is to drive to, just to
drink! (I'm aware that many people are responsible enough to know their limit or a call a cab/ride with someone else if need be).
And cigarettes, really? Does this really even NEED to be explained? The fact they are legal, blows my mind - but again, I am not one to tell you how
to live your life NOR do I think I should dictate what you can/can't do - so smoke up, I did. Quitting was liberating to say the least. The risks are
outright on the packaging, and there are some seriously nasty conditions that can come from long-time smoking, but again, this is "normal."
Maybe even if these things are detrimental to our health, we are collective "responsible" enough to indulge in these actions, so that's why our
overlords have made them legal. Well, why not marijuana? (For sake of discussion, the industrial use of hemp isn't a main point, which anyone who has
done a bit of reading knows that economics plays a massive role in its illegality).
It's not advertised like cigarettes/alcohol.
It's really not as bad as either.
Alcohol and cigarettes, which are responsible for far, far too many deaths every year, are completely legal.
Why are alcohol and cigarettes so socially acceptable?
I was just recently attending fireworks for the fourth. The ratio of people smoking versus non-smoking was about even, but the stench was there, even
out in the open.
Only in America. Children run around drinking Coca-Cola while mom and dad blow clouds of carcinogenic chemicals right into the area that not only
their children, but other children and people are at.
Okay, so the "THIS IS MURKA! defense has gotten old, and to tell to show some respect means I'm PC, I just ask to be represented the same.
By the law.
Just like you are.
You can drive out to bars and drink.
You can drink out in public.
You can drink in your own home.
I've known people to drink while at work.
It's been shown to lead to physical, and mental abuse, and that's just the tip of that iceberg.
But this - this is "normal."
You can smoke cigarettes.
In your car.
Many smoke around their children, friends, and family who smoke.
If you have not read about or know the serious health effects of cigarettes, well you either don't know or don't care.
But again - this is normal.
So I ask you.
Why is marijuana the exact opposite?
Why can't you just leave it alone? Let people live their lives?
"It's for safety!"
Dude, if it were safety alcohol/cigarettes would be gone. Period.
"It's a gateway drug!"
Which one(s) is advertised constantly on television, radio, and billboards?
"It's so the kids don't get hooked on the pot!"
Read some of the 20,000 peer-reviewed journals versus the few hundred or maybe thousand on some prescription narcotics.
"It's about the moral fibre of our country! Drugs are bad!"
Yeah? Yeah they are. So are guns. So are cars. So is LIFE. As Ted Cruz said, Americas "darkest hour" was when gay marriage was nationally
THAT, folks, was the darkest hour of our country.
It's like we live in Naziville 2.0. People don't even want other people to be able to be married and happy because they are too busy preaching their
When is enough, enough?
Police breaking into medicinal marijuana dispensaries, harassing the CUSTOMERS, DESTROYING CAMERAS, and STEALING AND CONSUMING THE VERY THING THEY
WENT THERE FOR.
It is madness!
(This turned into a rant, I apologize).
It just ticks me off.
There is no logical reason as to why alcohol and cigarettes are not only legal, but socially accepted and glamorized, compared to why marijuana is so
publicly demonized and those who may smoke are seen to be some sort of... Family killing mass murderer, as Nancy Grace would say.
It's just so, so stupid, and this horse has detoriated by now.
So ATS. I ask you, why?