Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Ethics Of Medical Marijuana

Given this post at Undetached Rabbit Parts, I have been wondering why it is that governments persist in outlawing a number of recreational drugs. From an ethical point of view it seems better to decriminalise these drugs, though regulate their production and access to them, than to persist in trying to enforce laws that probably do more damage than they prevent. Is there a vaguly coherent argument for the regulation of narcotics?

3 comments:

Pete said...

In the case of pot, the best history of its prohibition (at least the best nutshell version) can be found on Jello Biafra's recording called "I Blow Minds for a Living".

Is there a coherent argument for prohibition? Listen to Jello before making up your mind...

nyrhtak said...

I am gung hoe about the medical use of marijuana, after watching a friends mother waste away with Leukaemia. Knowing that a joint or hash cookie would make her eat a bit more and mask the side effects of some of the terrible drugs she was on, but as she was not in the research group she was denied this opportunity to live a life with a better quality then she was experiencing.
In the same breath I get extremely frustrated at friends who are normally intelligent and sensible, with genetic histories of addictions taking up and continuing use of marijuana. I don’t know anyone whose intellectual capabilities and personality have remained the same after extended use of pot.
Your body is the only one you have, look after it.
I’m well aware that other contributors to this blog may disagree….bring it on!

Pete said...

Sorry to disappoint you nyrhtak, but I'm inclined to agree with you on those points.

Considering the overwhelming uses of the plant (aside from the medical uses it can also be used to produce rope, textiles, paper and fuel, just to name a few) it is a damn shame that it is stigmatized and hence off limits to us. But I can't say that I'm a fan of chronic pot-smoking either...