Legalization of marijuana is immoral
Published: Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 09:12
Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use?
My opposition to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use is not about politics, proven facts, or calculated data. It is about morals.
My elementary school, like many others, participated in the D.A.R.E. program, which, you remember, stands for Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education.
This program continues to be taught to today's children as well.
In this program, we are taught that narcotics, tobacco, and alcohol are addictive and harmful substances and I do not believe that one can argue logically against that.
Marijuana harms the brain and impairs judgment, memory, and coherency.
Teaching young children that marijuana is harmful and that they should stay away from it, and then turning around and legalizing it is the worst example that we can set for the future citizens and leaders of our nation and the world.
Those that say there is nothing wrong with non-medical marijuana, let alone legalizing it for recreational use, in my mind have low morals.
Morals play a critical role in the strength of our nation. Morals prevent us from allowing fanatical and harmful practices to becoming acceptable or non-punishable under law; practices such as molestation, abortion, slavery, underage drinking, child abuse, communism, and torture.
While legalizing marijuana may not be on the same level as murder or sexual crimes, that does not lessen the wrongfulness or the immorality of the issue.
Proponents of legalizing marijuana for recreational use argue that it could generate enormous amounts of revenue — but at what cost? When did selling morals for money become an acceptable practice, especially for Americans?
Morals are what set the United States of America apart from governments of countries such as China, South Korea, Cuba, Iran, Sudan and many others. Allowing such a disregard for morals will be the downfall of our nation.
I assure you that unfathomed repercussions would occur as a result of legalizing marijuana. It will take us one step closer to becoming like the countries that we are working so hard to prevent from causing harm to the world.
Let us draw the line at irresponsibility and not go down this path.