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STEVEN CROWDER: On Marijuana Legalization

STEVEN CROWDER: On Marijuana Legalization
November 27
15:39 2012

Since this is all the rage now, and since we’re being told that the kids won’t vote Republican unless we legalize weed, Crowder thought he’d examine the chief premise behind the argument the pro-weed crowd is making.

Namely, that weed is harmless.

He doesn’t quite come to the same conclusion…

From my personal perspective, I can attest to the truth of Crowder’s take. Because I went to school at a place where all the kids had enough spare cash to get weed any time they wanted, and the majority of the kids in my class by freshman or sophomore year in high school were smoking dope.

I had a connection who hooked me up with an ability to go to bars when I was underage, and New Orleans has some of the best bars in the country. That should have made me the coolest guy in my class. But because I thought a rum and coke or a pitcher of Natural Light was the pinnacle of teenage substance abuse achievement, I was a square.

And most of those kids who smoked weed in high school ended up exactly where you’d expect the high school dopeheads to end up. Which is nowhere.

Are there productive people who smoke weed? Yes. Is it more difficult to be a productive person if you’re a habitual dope smoker than if your vice of choice is booze or if you’re boring and sober? That’s beyond argument.

As Crowder says, it might be worth arguing on a constitutional basis that weed ought to be legalized. Frankly, much of that constitutional argument I agree with.

But as a matter of policy, you won’t save any money or resources by decriminalizing marijuana. You’ll just be redirecting those resources – instead of spending them on cops and lawyers and judges, you’ll be spending them on food stamps and free healthcare for people who make a legal choice to burn their lives up in a cloud of smoking hemp.

Now – if we commit as a country to flush the welfare state and send a message to our people that you’re free to do whatever you want so long as you realize the government isn’t giving you a handout if your choices ruin your life, then maybe we might have something. The Left is such a huge fan of Charles Darwin when it comes to how we got here, but they sure don’t think his theories have anything to do with human society, huh?

Otherwise, though, it seems like a pretty lousy idea for Republicans to endorse a policy of wider availability for a substance that creates more Democrats. It’s the same bad political and cultural path as surrender on immigration is; there’s a reason the Democrats want to register every illegal immigrant from Third World bungholes they can find, and it’s not that they come from cultures which revere Calvin Coolidge.

Dopeheads don’t tend to be Reaganites either. They tend to be exactly like the imbecile who tells Crowder he “looks Jewish” on the video.

Do we really need more dunces like that? How smart an idea is it to make more of them through public policy?

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