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    Posted January 3, 2014 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Changed your mind about marijuana?

    Please de-criminalize me


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     st4rbuck says marijuana helps him relax. 'After a long day, my mind is going 90 miles per hour. Each puff I take feels like one less thing I am stressing about until I am not really worried about much except what I am doing at the time (writing, games, watching TV).'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    The first time I smoked pot, it made me happy. The millionth time I smoked pot, it made me happy. I love it. I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t. Most people know that it is not a gateway drug, nor is it indicative of the kind of person you are. Like beer, wine, and tobacco, pot is a vice that people widely enjoy.
    Society is waging a war on vices. We are encouraged to be healthy and eat all the right things. We are told that average people are “overweight” and smokers are bad people. We define people by their faults. Smokers are killing themselves and everyone around them, drinkers are wasting their lives, and stoners are couch sitting morons.
    Can people be good and still be flawed? We strive for perfection, and this is the root of the health movement. However if we were all perfect, what else is there? If perfection could ever be achieved, what do we do after? Perfection is nothing, literal nothing. We would stagnate in our own perfection. The goal should not be how do we achieve perfection, but how do we achieve humanity.
    What does smoking pot have to do with being human? According to the Declaration of Independence we are guaranteed the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Life is not perfect, liberty is freedom, and happiness is subjective. This creed as it stands supports a person’s right to be happy, flawed, and free to seek out those ideals however they choose as long as it does not interfere with another’s right to do the same. We need to stop defining what a ‘good life’ is for others and define what is good for ourselves. Each person has the right to define themselves however they choose, and should do so regardless of the ideals of others.
    Marijuana should be legal, because as it stands it is only criminal because we define it as an illegal drug. I would love to smoke a bong in my house and have the freedom to do so without worrying about who might object. By law I am a criminal, a bad person with no regard for my own health. I see myself differently, as a person who found an activity they love with almost no discernable impact on my life. The only thing I dislike about smoking is dealing with shady drug dealers who might sell me a bad product or try to rob me. It would be very nice if the stigma on the way I live is removed, so I can enjoy my favorite vice with less negative impact on my life.
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