Originally Posted by Fromper
On that note, I will say that I don't understand why marijuana is illegal. Is it really more harmful than tobacco or alcohol?
Drugs are made legal or illegal based on whether or not they are part of the culture of the majority or not. Johnathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels
has a dead-on metaphore: members of one ethnic group always fry their eggs yolks up, and where they live, it is illegal to cook eggs sunnyside down. That's the proper way to cook eggs, yolks up. Cooking and eating eggs any other way is not only absolutely wrong
, but they are quite certain about knowing it to be harmful and disease-producing to eat eggs that have been cooked yolks down. The next ethnic group, they fry eggs yolks down. And have the same "facts" about yolks-up eggs, that the yolks-up people have about the yokes-down eggs. Each group thinks the other is an obviously evil, stupid, demented, and abominable group, for getting such obvious facts wrong.
This is the real reason that cannibus is illegal - because the dominant group that was able to control the vote, is convinced that cannibus is really really bad, and that people who use it are evil, stupid, demented, and abominable. Other cultural groups accept cannibus, but have similar views about heroin, to the views the dominant group has about cannibus. Other groups have other substances that they treat this way. The illegality of most illegal drugs has very little to do with actual risk to health, and is really all about the pretend
risk to health, that people believe, in order to feel comraderie. This is the same way a pretend-risk to health and sanity made masturbation illegal, evil, stupid, and "sick," and not only were the laws against it, but masturbation was claimed to be illness-producing in widely used medical texts, as recently as the late 1040's and early 50's, which recommended very strong measures to stop it, such as amputation of prepuce in males and clitoris in females. That how strongly they believed it was a risk to health. Now we have some physicians reversing the "facts," and claiming masturbation "improves" health.
According to the cultural of no marywanna, anyone who doesn't understand why marywanna is illegal, isn't merely someone who doesn't understand something, but, rather, is someone who has something wrong with them.
The short explanation is marrywanna is illegal because it is wrong to use marrywanna and it is wrong to use marrywanna because it is obviously just wrong, it simply is just that "that's not what we do."