SabrineAbdellaoui – Staff Reporter
In a society where drinking alcohol is not only considered the norm, but heavily encouraged, it is somewhat odd to realize that this same society still shuns a form of drug use that is arguably less harmful to the body than drinking. Throughout time, marijuana use has been extremely criminalized and discouraged in the United States. On top of this, whereas drinking can be considered more sophisticated, socially speaking, smoking weed is usually seen as a lower form of drug use, associated with a certain type of person.
This mentality, however, is extremely hypocritical. The same people who drink regularly will sit and preach about how terrible marijuana is. When looking at the facts, however, this argument is completely unfounded. Unlike alcohol, marijuana cannot cause death; one cannot overdose on weed as on alcohol. According to Ruben Baler, a health scientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “the impact of marijuana use is much subtler.” There is no known medical use for consumed alcohol, however, there is plenty of evidence that beneficial compounds can be found in the marijuana plant.
But even with all of these facts, the stigma remains. Only twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form. Over half the country still holds tight to their age-old arguments. What they don’t realize, however, is that if they’re going to keep marijuana illegal, then they should make alcohol illegal, too. It makes absolutely no sense to ban one drug and glorify another. Generally speaking, people unfortunately fear what they do not understand. And because marijuana and the use of it is so rejected and looked down upon, it is still, to a certain extent, seen as a foreign drug. Though it is becoming more and more common for people in the United States to use it both recreationally and for medical uses, the majority of people, especially the elderly, view marijuana as dangerous. Also, instead of educating themselves, they prefer to live in their ignorance and judge a drug they know absolutely nothing about.
Everyone has a right to their own opinion; the fact that the American society as a whole doesn’t accept marijuana is not a bad thing. It becomes problematic, however, when this same society pushes drinking with such force, throwing alcohol ads at you from every angle. In short, the hypocrisy of the American society’s opinion concerning drug use needs to end.