It is time to end Prohibition again
I want to talk briefly about how cannabis has benefited both my life and the life of a friend. I am a Georgia resident who has been using marijuana medicinally since college about 10 years ago. I found that, unlike alcohol, marijuana helps with both depression and anxiety with acceptable side-effects. I did give SSRIs a try but they only helped with anxiety and left me feeling dull-minded at all times, which pot did not do. I’d compare marijuana to coffee in that it can be beneficial if used regularly and may also have long-term benefits. Of course, like coffee, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Moderation is key when attempting to benefit from the medicinal aspects of marijuana. As much as marijuana has benefited my life, it truly shines when one has a serious illness. A close friend has been battling Lupus and she is confident pot is the best painkiller for her situation. Beyond restoring the appetites of cancer patents, it is an amazing painkiller because overdose is nearly impossible, because of anti-inflammatory qualities, and because it doesn’t care horrible constipation. Legalization of cannabis for medical purposes should be a no-brainer. It’s amazing how long it takes to do something that should be common sense by now. Finally, if you want to talk about recreational use, ask any doctor whether alcohol or marijuana is more dangerous. How may deaths per year are directly attributed to alcohol poisoning? This isn’t a question of “if cannabis will be legalized” in Georgia but “when”. We’re already allowing some extremely limited medical use. Isn’t it time to stop wasting vast resources on anti-Marijuana laws? Isn’t it time for Georgians to benefit from potential tax money resulting from the massive demand for pot rather than drug dealers?