September 16, 2011
Personally, I believe a better question is: "Why would I NOT support decriminalization/legalization?" I believe whole-heartedly in the benefits of cannabis and have written numerous papers on legalization since high school and throughout college. I firmly believe that cannabis is ILLEGAL for no other reasons than racism, classism, and the corporate greed of William Randolph Hearst, and it remains illegal due to misinformation, apathy, and lingering prejudice.
Absolutely. I am not ashamed of my beliefs, and I do not fault others for their opinions, only their manner in presenting them. I most firmly believe in education, and I believe that if more people were educated in a responsible manner about cannabis, then they would not submit to the social mythologies surrounding it. I have been discussing cannabis prohibition to any and all who will listen for almost half of my life already, and it would give me great pleasure to continue doing so in a more legitimate forum.
In all honesty, I don't believe that cannabis will be legalized for recreational use in my lifetime. I do, however, believe that it may be legalized medically in all 50 states over the next 10 years and that this could lead to (at least) decriminalization in the federal government.
I am a Sociologist-in-training, with a Psychology background and interests in Social Psych, Criminology, Statistics, Social Inequality, and Gender and Sexuality. I am currently completing 17th grade at the University of Cincinnati!