Whether you believe in cannabis reform or not, the idea of making 'cannabis consumption' a criminal activity defies logic. In fact, one could argue that to make any form of drug consumption a criminal activity is wrong and highly counter productive.
To make consumption against the law is to say that 'you don't have a right over your own body or mind'. It's to say that the government is the ultimate authority over your own consciousness and does nothing to make the public safer.
A crime requires a victim and personal consumption affects no one else accept for the person consuming the substance. Apart from draining police resources and costing the tax payer an arm and leg to sustain this policy, it has absolutely no effect on the drug trade and consumption rates whatsoever.
Even more disturbing is that someone might get busted for pot, sentenced to prison and come out with a stronger addiction as prohibition cannot even keep drugs out of maximum security prisons.
How can anyone believe that this policy is actually doing any good? The only ones who benefit from prohibition are companies/organizations that depend on this system to make money. These are pharmaceutical companies, prisons, drug enforcement agencies, politicians, banks and of course criminal cartels who love to make money without contributing to society.
It's time we face the facts, prohibition has failed in every 'goal' it intended to complete. Drugs are more available today than it was 40 years ago, millions have been jailed and thousands have died where medical marijuana could have saved their lives.
It's time we have a serious talk about global drug policies and make effective changes to usher in a greater sense of social coexistence. #CannaTalkAboutIt