Hundreds of Central Michigan University students smoke marijuana every day. Our government would think that’s ridiculous and they should be in jail. What’s ridiculous though is that these students are breaking federal law.
I know what you’re thinking: why should we care?
What I’m talking about is the fact that marijuana is nowhere near legalization on the federal level.
Everyone should know marijuana is federally classified as a Schedule One drug, the same as heroin. A Schedule One classification means three things to the government: One, the drug has a high potential for abuse. Two, it has no currently accepted medical use in treatment. And three, there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug.
All three of these make zero sense, especially because the government doesn’t mark them for alcohol, tobacco and prescription opiates.
Let’s talk about alcohol first: according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 15 million people are alcoholics. The Center for Disease Control states about 100,000 people die from alcohol related causes each year.
How about tobacco?
Almost 500,000 people die each year due to smoking related causes, per the CDC. I think anyone who has a been a smoker in their lives will tell you that nicotine is addicting.
Even prescription opiate overdoses cause thousands of deaths every year. They are, without a doubt, abused by many.
You must be wondering, are regulations on marijuana the way they are? It’s safer than those three. It’s not a killer like alcohol or tobacco. It can be used medicinally. So why, you must be asking, is it not legalized?
Simply put, because it’s not in our lawmakers’ best interests to do so and money talks.
We deserve to have our lawmakers, who are supposed to be the voice of citizens,