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A Conservative's View on the Legalization of Marijuana

Posted by Adam on November 16, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Recently, the voters of California struck down Proposition 19 at the polls, a proposition that would legalize recreational marijuana use. For those of us who are Christian Conservatives, this issue, like the issue of alcohol prohibition, may seem to create some conflict within our core values. However, as a Christian Conservative, I believe that any state should have the power to legalize marijuana, in conjunction with the 10th Amendment, and I also believe that it would be most beneficial to the United States, and Mexico, for that matter, if marijuana use and possession were legalized. Here is why:

Although I certainly do not support the use of the drug in and of itself, I do support a citizens freedom to choose. Government should not be in the business of choosing what foods, beverages, or drugs we intake.

Legalization would also bring many other benefits to the country. It would drive down the cost of the drug, which fuels deadly violence and drug trafficking between Mexico and the US. In fact, more people die from the violence of drug cartels in Mexico and the US than marijuana users themselves. Therefore, it seems to me, if our goal is to "save lives", it would only make sense to make the drug legal!

Read this article from the Mises Institute and then comment below!

Proposition 19 Goes Up in Smoke - Mises Institute

Categories: Prohibition/Legalization, Government Regulation, Foreign Policy

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Reply Andy
4:04 PM on November 16, 2010 
well said.
Reply SoonerFanInMO
9:04 AM on November 17, 2010 
I agree with Andy - well said. A clear vision of freedom must be staked out. It is going to be a long two years waiting to feel the recovery of removing any possible vestige of liberalism from the belt way.

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