August 18, 2011
These days there is a lot of talk about the legalization of Marijuana; it seems everyone wants to jump on board with letting it go. I’ve heard all sorts of reasoning from, “it’s all natural,” to, ”it’s not harmful,” or the good old, ”it’s just pot.” The list goes on and on, just as the excuses do for why pot smokers aren’t addicts or don’t have a problem! Don’t get me wrong, I am actually a supporter of legalization of drugs, but done in a proper way under proper conditions!
To me, the drug itself isn’t the problem, the problem lies within. However, then you start to get people in recovery saying: “Oh well, I’m just using a prescription, and I am using it as prescribed.” To people who believe that, I just want to ask a question: Is that a real doctor from whoom you’re getting that prescription? Is that a real doctor’s office that you go to to get this prescription? Do you really feel OK with this?
Here in California, medical marijuana “pot dispensaries” are the hottest business around. They’re popping up everywhere! Let’s just go back in time a little and look at the history of drugs in America. In the early 1900s, you could order pre-loaded syringes with heroin from Sears and Roebuck. (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Did_sears_and_roebuck_sell_heroin_in_the_early_1900s; Retrieved 08/18/2011 2:27 PM) You could walk into any pharmacy and buy cocaine or heroin for every ailment under the sun. They were the magic medicine!
If you really look into the history, the reason why these drugs were made illegal in the first place had nothing to do with the abuse of it. It was always racially motivated! That’s right, there was propaganda put out for the criminalization of cocaine literally stating that any black man who ingested even the smallest amount of cocaine would rape and kill white women. Heroin was known as the Asian drug and was giving the Chinese migrant workers too much power and influence. And good old marijuana was pushed in the south as turning all Mexicans into raging killer criminals.
The history of alcohol and it’s criminalization and legalization is again well known in our history books. Legalize it all and tax the hell out of it and use the extra money to fix this national debt crisis; there would still be money left over to promote recovery homes and addiction treatment. I’m sure costs a lot less then housing all these inmates overcrowding our prisons and forcing harder criminals back out on the streets because there is no more room.
All of this aside, the real issue is people using the excuse to abuse drugs under the label of a prescription! But really it’s no different than alcohol. You can walk into any convenience store and buy all the liquid drugs you need! Oh, but then you wouldn’t be practicing recovery! Well these pot dispensaries are no different then the drug dealer’s houses I used to cop from. In recovery we practice abstinence. Yes we have compassion and recognize the need for medication at times, with a real doctor’s prescription and evaluation. And the help of our sponsor and recovery support circle.
For me they can legalize all drugs right down the line, but that would not give me the excuse to just go use them. Even if my doctor tried to prescribe them I still have to talk to my sponsor and decide if I really need it, and not permanently. It still comes down to choice and responsibility, and I am responsible for my recovery and my choices today. I choose to live my life clean!
If I chose to go to one of those pot dispensaries and get a “prescription” for pot and used it, to me that would be no different then walking into 7-11 and buying a case of beer. It just wouldn’t feel right, and that is what recovery is about to me: feeling right with my life today. My clean life, and it never felt clean using any sort of drug to me!