As I hinted at in episode #15 of Drunk Ex-Pastors, the issue of marijuana legalization, while interesting in itself, brings up a more provocative question: “What is the point of laws in general?” In other words, are laws intended to make people better citizens, or more negatively, are laws only required to keep us from harming others?
Those who advocate for the decriminalization of pot argue that there is no point in something being illegal if that thing creates no victims (and even if the “victim” is the user himself, are we then to criminalize all practices that are potentially harmful to one’s self, such as drinking Pepsi?).
Some questions I would love to explore here and on a future podcast include: (1) Should marijuana remain illegal like it is in most states? (2) Should all drugs be decriminalized and regulated like the sale and use of alcohol? (3) Should all practices be legalized if they are engaged in by individuals or consenting adults without harming others?