The Right to Change Your Mind

October 2, 2014

I have always said that most of our day-to-day decisions are not a matter of life and death and that if you make a bad decision today, you can make a better decision tomorrow. That said, I’m going to use the get out of jail card and say that I’m contemplating changing my mind about the legalization of marijuana that I wrote about a couple of months ago.

I used the fact that if Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Al Gore, and John Kerry, all of whom have admitted to smoking marijuana, had gotten caught and convicted, none of them would have been allowed to run for president, let alone occupy the White House, because they would have been ex-convicts.

And that much remains to be true. I still say that our prisons are overrun with nonviolent recreational users and inveterate substance abusers and that needs to be changed. However, I need to make a slight correction in my thinking.

While I still think there are just as many accidents and homicides due to the drinking of alcoholic beverages as there are the smoking of marijuana, something about the decriminalization of marijuana is sending warning signals to my brain.

We keep hearing phrases about people being stoned, e.g., you can’t talk to him when he’s stoned out of his mind; when he’s stoned, his moods change and you can’t talk to him, etc., and then I think about all our elected officials and, suddenly, I’m rethinking my opinion about decriminalizing marijuana.

I might not have agreed with all the decisions handed down from the Supreme Court of the United States, but I never questioned their sanity or their code of ethics, and, more importantly, I never questioned whether they were stoned when handing down their decisions. After all, they were supposed to abide by the rule of law and the smoking of marijuana is a criminal offense.

And now I am questioning whether the highest court in the land, and the worst Supreme Court in the history of the United States, is handing down decisions that affect the lives of all of us, while stoned. They may not be smoking a joint while listening to attorneys arguing their cases, but I’m not so sure that they aren’t doing that before leaving home in the morning and on their bathroom breaks during the day.

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