Sunday, January 19, 2014
Personal Opinion of the Editor for 'Obama in the White House blog'
In a breaking news story, President Obama now states that "Marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol". This article will be strictly based on my personal opinion, and not of the Obama administration, his allies or his enemies.I am totally floored to hear that the President of the United States is telling people that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol in a recent CNN White House article. Finally, I am drawing the line regarding his beliefs and mine, at least on this one topic. For the most part, I did not feel a need to outwardly state my opinion in the past, i.e. when gay men and women were allowed to serve in the military, and the repulsion of 'don't ask, don't tell'. I have a few gay friends, and they are good people, and I look past their sexual preference as I believe that this is a personal decision between two people. I do not condone gay relationships or gay marriages, but again, it is not my business to decide for others.
But now in the present story that just broke out on the CNN blog regarding the support that Obama has for marijuana usage, I feel that I must be honest and try to explain why I am emphatically against President Obama regarding this issue. The article states that marijuana "in the same category as heroin, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms by the federal government, is no more dangerous than alcohol." So what is he trying to say here?
He confuses people who can now say that President Obama is telling them that heroin, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms, not said in as many words, should be legalized. There was a time when alcohol was considered dangerous to people who use it extensively, but who is to say that any amount of marijuana that you may consume, including heroin, ecstasy or psychedelic mushrooms would not be harmful to you when compared to alcohol. Is the Presidents idea proven? I can state that there are hundreds of studies that will say that pot smoking, in tandem to the other mentioned drugs are much more dangerous to your health than alcohol. Moderation is the key here, but what if you get 'hooked' on one of these more dangerous drugs? Is it true that you could be more likely to die from overuse of these more exotic drugs compared to alcohol? Bringing up these beliefs of Obama can only instigate the temptation of the U.S. to legalize other drugs that have already been proven to be dangerous to your health. It has already started with two states now legalizing marijuana. Another dozen or so are looking over the idea to also extend legal use of that drug.
Obama states in the article as he explained "As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chuck of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."
The above statement is outrageous. Outwardly stating your beliefs on this issue does not make you a role model for others, especially children. I don't expect others, and I guess the President of the United States Barack Obama to have my values regarding drugs, smoking and alcohol as I believe that he is definitely NOT a role model here.
On a personal note, I only drink alcohol on New Years Eve and very minimally throughout the rest of the year. I don't expect everyone to do the same, but I feel that I can handle control over alcohol much better than the President. Maybe I am the exception, as I have never had a single cigarette in my lifetime. I have NEVER ingested heroin, ecstasy or psychedelic mushrooms. So whose values would you say are better, the President or mine? I guess I now fall into the 'old fashioned' category.
I am very disappointed with my country and the President when it comes to the continued promiscuous use of hard line drugs. It now will only be a matter of time before hardened drugs are legal for consumption. To me, hearing the President of the United States, someone whom I admire, now openly admits his feelings about drugs in public no less then disgusts me.