Marijuana should absolutely be legalized, but I feel these posters are largely missing the point (and why is Arnold here omg, like his douchebaggery may not have anything to do with pot but why is he here).
There’s a huge racist component to the reason that marijuana is criminalized, and posters of wealthy white men do not at all get at the core of this issue.
Hey kids, you know why I don’t smoke? Because I’m a Latina from the Texas-Mexican border and I just can’t relax enough to forget that 35,000+ people and counting have died in violence fueled by American money. I do in fact believe pot needs to be legalized, but I also believe that every motherfucker who has dropped money on cartel-funded weed is responsible in small part for that suffering. Bullets don’t cost very much; it only takes one to kill. Shit is blood diamonds, but all you can think about is how much you feel obligated to have it.
Even if we manage to ignore that unfathomably enormous atrocity (Americans do have an amazing talent for it), there’s still the fact that I am fundamentally repelled by that that drug legalization movement is largely represented by middle-class white kids, a population that faces far fewer sanctions for their use of drugs than Black and Latin@ populations do. They might throw a few bones to this when making their arguments, but they never acknowledge their own privilege, and if drugs suddenly became legal tomorrow, I have no doubt many of them would stop caring completely about the disproportionate prosecution of minorities.
In short, I have no fucking patience for this blathering when the facts that must be addressed have absolutely nothing to do with the nature of weed itself.
Reblogged for amazing fucking commentary.
You know why I don’t give a flying fuck about drug legalization? Because fuck you that’s why. Okay, actually it’s because all the stupid arguments about how drug use isn’t as harmful as the illegality of drug use, or how drug use is a choice, or how we shouldn’t call it a way we should call it a medical problem always sound like a bunch of la la la don’t tell me about the bad stuff.
Nothing falls flatter to me as an argument that the idea that it’s wrong to call it a “drug war” or critiques of using military metaphors. Yeah, I know the logic, but fuck you that’s why. How many people have been murdered by dealers and cartels? How many children ended up in foster care because of their parents’ addiction? How many street prostitutes are raped? How many neighborhoods and families destroyed?
War feels like an apt metaphor for the disaster that drugs made of my life.
Yeah, I like to smoke pot too, and someday, I’d like to smoke regulated, legal pot. And yeah, I think that legalization of pot will, if anything, help raise awareness about the reality of addiction to pot, and will, I hope, decrease the power of dealers and cartels. Like how the end of prohibition helped decrease the power of gangs and increased awareness of alcohohlism.
But it’s not a hill I want to die on, and I feel pretty contemptuous of people for whom it is.