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There are No Valid Arguments Against Marijuana Decriminalization

Understanding that the concept of ‘valid’ is subjective, I will disclose that the following, while citing certain facts, is based on the author’s opinion.

There are many arguments against marijuana decriminalization, but are any of them valid?

As a lover of philosophy, intelligent debate, political discussion etc. I pride myself on having the integrity to admit when, even if I disagree, my opponent offers fair points and valid argumentation.

For example, I am ultimately opposed to communism, however, I am willing to concede that Karl Marx did offer some fair observation and critique of the capitalist class during the 19th century.

Marx’s theory and philosophy inspired rebuttals that spawned new generations of political and economic thought. While many philosophers and economists sharply criticized Marx, they at least saw his ideas as worthy to contend and could appreciate him as a fellow intellectual.

In the debate between anti-marijuana advocates and pro-cannabis activists, there is something that is lacking; a valid argument from the anti-marijuana campaign.

Every argument proposed by anti-marijuana advocates has either been quickly debunked as not being based in scientific/medical fact, is based in stringent morality, or relies on antiquated voodoo-pharmacology and misconception.

There’s a rich history of how marijuana became unlawful in the first place.  An updated, objective analysis of marijuana, however, reveals that there really isn’t any good argument to keep it illegal.

The myths of marijuana have led to lingering societal misunderstanding. Myths that, once brought under the microscope, can be seen as no more than yesteryear’s reefer madness, dragnet paranoia and mass misinformation.

If you disagree and believe that there are valid arguments against marijuana decriminalization and legalization (for medicinal AND recreational use) then I humbly invite you to please present those arguments. I would honestly be interested in hearing what those arguments are.

I’ve searched for years to find a valid argument against marijuana decriminalization. All I have found is misinformed individuals clinging to arbitrary legislation because they were taught marijuana was bad. Belief that is rooted in a mystified detestation that dates back to an early 20th century rejection of Mexican culture and carried on with the new hatred of “hippies” and “stoners.”

Weed Smoking Nuns Denounce Religion

The Sisters of the Valley are “self-ordained” nuns that grow marijuana/hemp in California and sell cannabis based products.

Last year, Christine Meeusen and 6 other members of the order claimed $750,000 in sales last year. Their best year since they started in 2015. The Sister’s mission is to empower women and provide what they call medical and healing products.

What I think is perhaps more interesting than the fact that these nuns grow marijuana/hemp and sell cannabis based products, is that they are anti-religion.

“We’re against religion, so we’re not a religion. We consider ourselves Beguine revivalists, and we reach back to pre-Christian practices.” Meeusen’s sister Kate told NBC.

These nuns make it clear, despite their monikers, that they are not an order of the Catholic church.

I’ve always held the position, as an agnostic, that I respect people’s belief in a higher power. In fact, I think people are better off believing in a higher power. My objection to religion has never been based merely on someone’s spiritual beliefs, but rather the oppressiveness of the religion that is attached to those beliefs.

So these nuns are both confusing and intriguing to me. I’m not sure how you can be a nun and profess that you not only do not belong to a religion but also are anti-religion.

It’s quite fascinating and it makes you think. (Well, it makes me think.)

I think if more people renounced their religions and concentrated more on their relationship with whatever they perceive God to be, then the grip of religious-based oppression would weaken across the world.

According to Lifeteen.org, a christian blog that aims to perpetuate the anti-progressive teachings of an ancient religion to children, claims that Marijuana is evil and you shouldn’t do it. Big surprise there.

I never understood why the church was so against marijuana.  Anti-marijuana rhetoric propagated by the church helped in creating a voodoo pharmacology based propaganda effort to subdue society into thinking it was evil.

This fortifies a moral foundation that ultimately leads to the suppression of individual liberty.

Did anyone in the church stop and think that maybe God wanted you to use this plant?

The Sisters of the Valley did, and these nuns are pretty cool in my book.

Photo Credit: NBC

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