Seth Rogen’s Weed Decriminalization Views are Extremely Nearsighted
On Twitter the other day, I saw that VICE was sharing an old article they wrote Seth Rogen Is Actually Doing Something About the War on Drugs. Before I get started, I want to make it very clear that I agree with Seth Rogen and am glad he’s using some of his power to speak up on the insane laws around marijuana.
Personally, I’m a recovering drug addict who can’t smoke weed, but I’m all for anyone who can. I voted for the legalization of marijuana here in my home state of Nevada and everything. Marijuana is a much safer drug than many of the ones that Big Pharma is paying doctors to push on us. Aside from the medicinal uses, I’m regularly baffled that marijuana is still seen as something more dangerous than alcohol when alcohol has created more addicts and caused more deaths in the last year than marijuana has in the last 100 years.
The issue I have is that when people like Seth Rogen discuss ending the war on drugs when it comes to marijuana, it’s like they’re putting the women and children on the lifeboat and leaving the rest of the people to die…even though there were more lifeboats.
If we’re going to decriminalize marijuana, we need to work on decriminalizing all drugs and for good reason. I’ll start by playing out a scenario for you that although fictional, it’s something that happens on a daily basis.
The Scenario We Don’t Want to Think About
There’s a young woman, and let’s call her Beth. From a young age, she was being sexually molested by a close family friend. She tried telling her parents, but they didn’t believe her. This went on for years. As she got older, she struggled with relationships with boys, and she was haunted by her trauma. She was constantly depressed and anxious, and just getting through the day was a struggle.
Without the support of her parents and nobody understanding, she started drinking and using drugs. She started out with prescription medications, but at a party, she was introduced to heroin. Heroin made her feel numb, and she forgot all about her trauma, so she was hooked quickly.
Her parents kicked her out because of her drug addiction, so she ended up living on the streets. In order to fund her…