With two states being on board for the legalization of marijuana, some dope-smoking icons are hopeful that the rest of America will soon follow suit. Chong is most famously known for his acting role in the Cheech and Chong movies alongside his counterpart Cheech Marin, as well as his stand up routines throughout the 70’s and 80’s. To help with context, the duo cultivated a fan base that identified closely with the hippie movement, as most of their content promoted ideals of “free love” and a mutual appreciation for mind altering drugs. Cannabis was a cultural norm in this community. Tommy Chong recently shared his predictions with the public during an interview with Al Gore.
Chong Speaks From Experience
In the interview, Chong described his visionary thoughts about how the legalization of pot will change America for the better. He believes that Washington and Colorado are merely a “toe in the water,” and the rest of the country will jump in entirely once they see the positive changes that will manifest. Chong explained the legalization of marijuana will empty jail cells, and in turn, lower tax payer dollars. He goes on to say that marijuana, as a legal substance, will dawn a new age of art and music because artist will be able to expand their creative genius with this mind-altering substance. Chong supported his claim by attributing the grandeur and success of legendary artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and The Beatles, to their utilization of marijuana.
Chong also has been battling cancer this past year. He claimed that even though his holistic approach with weed and hemp-oil wasn’t working to cure his cancer, he didn’t care because with pot, he basically had an escape. He was OK with having cancer. Although, one might argue, did all his weed smoking contribute to the cancer to begin with?
Once A Drug Criminal, Always A Drug Criminal
It can be predicted, that if marijuana is legalized, there will be a decline in the crimes surrounding its possession and distribution. However, one argument against its legalization is that decriminalization will only encourage drug dealers to change their product. The reason being, dealers make too much profit off sales, to quit just because they are no longer getting business from pot users. In fact, law enforcement say the country might see an influx in the crimes surrounding more dangerous drugs like meth, heroin, and an array of hallucinogens.
Chong Is Not Alone
Stoner stereotypes might tempt you to brush Chong’s opinions off, and chalk them up to years of marijuana use and hippie antics. But Hollywood is full of trustworthy and credible stars that are voicing parallel opinions. For example, the great novelist Stephen King told High Times Magazine, “I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry.” Actor and Grammy award winner Morgan Freeman shared strong convictions about marijuana being an illegal substance when he told the Daily Beast, “It’s just the stupidest law given in history…you’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity.” Host of HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher, concurred with the logic of the legendary country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, “The worse the economy gets, the more sense it makes to legalize marijuana…There’s just millions and millions of dollars that can be saved by legalizing it.” The wholesome actress Susan Sarandon engaged in 2012 Prop. 19 campaigns, urging Californian voters to support the legalization of marijuana and argued, “Police should focus on more important issues than arrests for marijuana.”
Certainly, we’re nowhere near the end of the controversy surrounding the legalization of marijuana. Now that two states have been approved for it, the other 48 have chance to sit back and observe whether the consequences will be positive or negative. Will jail cells be emptied of people with crimes surrounding marijuana, only to be filled up with dealers that have changed their strategy to distributing more dangerous drugs? Or, since weed will become so readily available, will more users mean that more addiction treatment center beds will be needed in order to meet the demands? Addiction is addiction, it goes far beyond the drug itself. Removing the drug is the first step (detox), after that, its about changing behavior. If alcohol and drugs were the only problem, than remove the drugs and problem solved. Addiction is a disease which centers in the brain. It does not matter what kind of drug or substance one is addicted to, its about the person. Do we really need another legal drug on the market that takes people outside of themselves? Why the need to escape reality? It seems that mental illnesses and health issues should be researched further rather than if we should legalize weed or not.
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