The Reefer Madness Mentality is that consuming cannabis is wrong for everyone and that everyone who consume cannabis is abusing it. There is no known evidence to support either one of these claims. Fortunately, I believe there is evidence to prove there are responsible adults who use cannabis and not just for medicinal purposes but also for recreational use.
Yet, the government continues to waste billions on intimidation tactics in order to bully the people into believing that consuming cannabis is wrong for all the people. Now, I also believe that consuming cannabis is not the right choice for some people. There is evidence to suggest this to be true.
DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart wrote that she rejected the request because marijuana, like other Schedule I drugs, "has a high potential for abuse," "has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," and "lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision." She wrote that "At this time, the known risks of marijuana use have not been shown to be outweighed by specific benefits in well-controlled clinical trials that scientifically evaluate safety and efficacy."
My problem with the concept of accepted medical use is pretty simple: If a product is not right for you, your body will react to it and it will cause additional health problems. This is not an acceptable source of medicine for you. If you consume a product and your body does absorbs it without the additional health problems then you have found an acceptable source of medicine.
On the other side of the coin is the people who have given me the impression that cannabis is the cure-all for everything wrong in our society. I'm certain that we can solve a lot of issues with cannabis, but by no means will it solve everything.
There are those I believe who are pushing the medical use as a way to legally get high, I can hope I'm wrong on this. I kind of doubt it though, the bad apples in the bushel are making the good ones look rotten. These bad apples are the examples our government uses as the excuse for continuing this failed policy.
So, here we are with people in power who are abusing the power they have. While we have people who like to use cannabis but aren't responsible enough to see what they are doing to the movement for a competent and practical solution to this issue. In order to put an end to the Reefer Madness Mentality we the people have to help those who are irresponsible to be more responsible people. There is a time to consume and a place to consume. The idea of consuming anytime or anyplace has end.
So basically, there are issues on both sides that in my opinion is wrong. The compromise is we have to accept the truth and neither side seems to be willing consider it. Yes, I'm for the legalizing, regulating and taxing of cannabis for all purposes. I also believe in educating the people, accepting responsibility for ones actions and decisions.