When Colorado legalized the sale of pot to the general population, I was disappointed, but not surprised. I wondered what would prompt them to legalize another potentially dangerous addictive drug to the American people. Don’t we already have enough legal destructive addictions to deal with: alcohol, nicotine, and prescription drugs? I thought about their motives, and the only reason I could come up with was to generate more revenue to pad already fat pockets, and to waste more money on self-interest projects.
Where do they expect this money to come from? It is going to come from the pockets of already financially struggling American families. Will the money brought in justify the damage it will do to struggling families? Thus adding to the epidemic of broken families and the corruption of our youth? Young people have a tendency to accept as proper social behavior what their parents do. Young minds cannot afford to be corrupted by a legalized mind altering drug such as THC.
Being a former addict myself; my mindset was that before anything got paid on payday I would make sure the first dollars spend were to feed my addictions: the purchase of alcohol, cigarettes, and, yes, pot. If there was anything left over I might purchase some food, pay the rent, phone bill. That leaves little resources to spend on the family and family time together. The last thing young people need is to see their parents lying around the house unmotivated and giggling like foolish school children–while munching on potato chips. That is not the role model young people need to pattern their lives after.
We as Americans need to ask ourselves where we are headed. Trying to escape the realities of life through a drug, legal or not, is no answer to a successful life. Life must be faced with a sense of commitment to succeed, with God’s help, by setting a positive example for others to follow.
A chemically induced high will never bring that sought after inner peace we all seek. Once the high wears off the quest begins to find a better and longer lasting high which leads to experimentation with other drug combinations–which only brings more disappointment, beginning the futile search for that perfect high all over again.
I am a former drug and alcohol addict and after years of searching for that inner peace I have found that a relationship with our creator, Jesus Christ, is the only one that can accomplish such a feat; only Jesus can heal the pain of past hurts and give us hope for the future. Nothing positive can come from unleashing another additive substance on the American people. The legalization of cannabis will confirm to the youth of America that it is ok to do drugs. A nation that needs alcohol and pot (they will, in many cases, be consumed together) to deal with the issues of life is a nation destined to self-destruct.
Let’s pray that America’s law makers will revaluate their decisions before they unleash an unstoppable menace on society.