Decriminalize: (v) to eliminate criminal penalties for or remove legal restrictions against
What is a crime?
What constitutes an action that is so flagrantly opposed to human growth and appreciation that it requires punishment?
Why do we need crimes?
Why do we call some of these crimes misdemeanors because we’ve decided they’re not as serious as others?
And therefore, what would constitute the purpose for decriminalizing an activity?
The example under discussion today, of course, is marijuana.
The thesis is that since marijuana is not any more addictive or dangerous than alcohol, why do we allow alcohol and arrest people for using marijuana?
This issue has brought about a growing intensity for the legalization of pot. Matter of fact, many states already have it in place.
And far be it from me to compare alcohol and marijuana to each other to establish a favorable conclusion for booze.
But it does come back to what constitutes a crime. A crime is any situation which places other human beings in jeopardy.
Does marijuana do that?
If marijuana were decriminalized, how would that work?
Like cigarettes, it couldn’t be smoked in public.
So the whole purpose of legalizing marijuana would be to make sure that nobody had to go to jail just because they used it.
Is it possible to decriminalize it without legalizing it?
Is it plausible to do the same thing with alcohol?
We have accomplished this with cigarettes—they are decriminalized, but not exactly legal—since they are looked down on and pushed out of our society.
I don’t think anybody should have to spend time in jail for smoking marijuana.
But if you don’t mind, please keep them from using heavy machinery and driving cars on our crowded highways.