Marijuana Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that were not crimes before. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. Criminal laws should be limited to violation of the rights of others through force or fraud or deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm. Individuals should retain the right to voluntarily assume risk of harm to themselves.
It is Libertarian principle that you own your own body; you should be free to use any medication you choose – whether smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or using marijuana. The government should not bend your will by force. Your choice is personal and you should be at liberty to choose. Only actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed crimes. Vices, unlike crimes, have no malice intent. Vices are ways in which a man searches for his own happiness.
Legitimate powers of the government only extend to acts that are injurious to others. It does me no injury if my neighbor chooses to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or use marijuana. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Marijuana should be legalized, not because marijuana is good or beneficial, but because marijuana does less harm to our lives, our property, and our humanity than marijuana laws.
I think the government should take a different approach to drug use and treat it as a health problem not a criminal justice one. Over 70 million Americans now use illegal drugs occasionally – particularly marijuana. The vast majority are not addicts, but moderate social users. The small percentages who really are addicts deserve our compassion and help, not persecution and imprisonment. T In our current economic state, we simply cannot afford to keep arresting more than three people every minute in the failed “war on drugs.” Our tax money can be spent more wisely.
As your senator, I will work hard to repeal all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes. I don’t believe anyone in a free country should live in fear of persecution and imprisonment by the government for their choice of recreational activity. We need to stop treating a whole culture of Americans as criminals. I will work to free up law enforcement resources to be able to better focus on violent crimes and be tough on real criminals.