So Michael Phelps was caught on camera filling his super lungs with illegal smoke. And panties all over the two hemispheres bunched in unison. I actually feel sorry for whoever's stash he is hitting. With those lungs, I am sure he could suck down a dime bag in one or two pulls.
Another sports icon shows his humanity. Another "kid" proves his willingness to live in the moment without regard to anything other than that moment. Many of the mostly useless sportswriters out there now have some grist for their gristmill. Sponsors all over the place who cave to the one nasty email they might get are shuffling around nervous over the potential heat that one emailing customer might bring to bear. Holier than thou types are shocked. Politicians eye the situation as a great self promoting scheme and will possibly demand action in amateur sports to keep this type of loser from setting all the wrong examples. They will form committees, issue subpoenas and gladly get on their high horses. Pot smokers will sit back and chuckle. Many I am sure are glad it was not their stash he was hitting.
Who do we think we are fooling? Just what planet are we on when we think that drugs in general and certainly pot use is going to go away by deeming it's use and possession a criminal act. We have established a set of rules that by their very nature make any law against any substance hypocrisy of the highest order. And I mean that literally, figuratively, and metaphorically.
As long as alcohol and tobacco remain legal, then any law restricting the use of any other drug fails to have any idealistic, moral, or ethical beef. Some are okay, but some are not? More people die from alcohol and tobacco use than all the other drugs combined. The difference between the numbers affected is astounding. According to this site at least 100,000 deaths a year in this country are alcohol related. According to this other site, the rate in 2000 is lower at 85,000. But that site also notes that tobacco killed 435,000 people that year. Drugs other than pot killed 17,000. And Pot was blamed for ......wait a minute.......drum roll please............No deaths whatsoever. None, Zilch. Nada.
Of course we do not know the true long term effects of long term pot smoking. The Baby Boomers who have never quit and are still alive tend to not advertise their guilty pleasure to anyone but a select few. I read one piece that doctors would love to do definitive studies, but they are not coming up with many pot smokers who will admit to more than, "Oh I smoked years ago and now I don't" or "I'll hit a joint at a party now and then, but I don't smoke anymore as a rule." Of course anyone who pays any attention knows this is bullshit. Pot is one of the World's largest cash crops. Someone, no, a lot of someones have to be smoking it. Either that or there are a lot of collectors out there.
The simple reason in my opinion that illegal drugs are kept illegal is money. Too many people and organizations depend on that illegality to make the money they make or to justify their existence in the first place. The drug cartels would hate to see legalized drugs. The banks would hate to see legalized drugs. And at least one federal agency would cease to have a reason to be if drugs were de-criminalized. It's a racket first. Concerns over the the public's well being running a distant second or third.
This obvious hypocrisy in our laws also helps to nurture and feed the tendency of Americans to be scofflaws. We are not stupid. Many Americans have decided that for the most part, most laws are only there to be broken. With this kind of attitude it is no wonder we find it has saturated every part of our culture. Nobody respects laws if they sense selective punishment. "It's the Law" does not have the impact it should. In order for a law to work, the population needs to agree to it or the state needs to build lots of prisons or start offing people who disobey that law. The cost of enforcing the law becomes an issue then. In terms of money and in terms of lives ruined. Is the law there for our protection or is it there as a form of population control?
The Drug War is a farce. If the authorities were really serious about trying to legislate our behaviour for our own good, then all substances deemed unhealthy would be banned. That a select group has been chosen to pillory indicates that our well being is the furthest thing from their minds.
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