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Legal drug use could slow abuse

In September 2002, Canada’s Senate Special Committee for Illegal Drugs released a two-year study that outlined reasons marijuana should be legalized. Because the substance proved less harmful than alcohol, Senator Pierre Claude Nolin said it shouldn’t be treated as a criminal issue.

The country began administering medical marijuana in July 2003, and stoners in America have been talking about it ever since.

“I think we should legalize marijuana in this country,” comedian Daniel Tosh said in his stand-up segment, Completely Serious, “just so potheads have nothing to talk about ever again.”

Honestly, can that please be the reason we legalize it? Enough is enough.

Let’s follow in Canada’s footsteps when it comes to other drugs like codeine and muscle relaxers.

The book Souvenir of Canada by Douglas Coupland, a Canada resident, discusses how drugs aren’t a big deal to those who can get them over the counter.

“So you’d think that with all these drugs floating around, Canada might be an overmedicated, over-woo-woo’ed kind of place,” wrote Coupland in his book. “But it’s not like everyone wants to go out and have a huge drug binge, and the only thing holding them back is some twisted sense of duty or primness — people just don’t want to do all the drugs they can do. Canada is proof of this. So we can say for sure that Canadians have a distinctly altered sense of medication and the body than their nearest social analogs, Americans.”

You know why, Coupland? It’s because the government makes such a huge deal about it. If they just backed off a couple steps, they might realize people just like being rebellious. “You can’t hold us down!”

We’ve now invented fake marijuana — K2. It’s said to have similar effects and is completely legal.

U.S. government — if you just would stop making a big deal about drugs, the people who created K2 could have invented something better, high school kids and drug addicts might do good things with their lives, and I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this article.

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