cannabis legalization and mature societies
cannabis legalization and mature societies

Why Cannabis Legalization is a Sign of a Maturing Society

From teens to Baby Boomers, cannabis is creating adult discussions and thought

Posted by:
Reginald Reefer on Tuesday Jun 4, 2019

Is Cannabis Legalization a sign of a “maturing society”?

cannabis maturing society

It is naïve to think that making something illegal would stop people from doing it. If that was the case, we would never see murder, theft or rape. However, while the aforementioned crimes should by all means remain illegal, there are certain laws that simply make no sense.

In fact, it’s counter-intuitive and only makes society more dangerous. With the trend of cannabis legalization sprouting all over the world; it makes me think, “Is society maturing?”

To answer this question, we have to take a closer look at our current policies and see how mature they truly are.


Society Right Now: The Teens

It’s safe to say that as a society, we are no longer kids, although we still bicker like children. If I were to put a relative age to society; to me it looks like us as a collective, are probably about 13 years old.

Our bodies are changing, our hormones are going wild and we harbor an explosive nature. We think we know what’s best, and it’s very difficult to tell us otherwise. We know, because we are trying to assert our independence, yet, we’re still living under “House Rules”.

We’re still getting punished for things that are frowned upon, but not necessarily ‘dangerous’. Or even dangerous, but not necessarily harmful to the rest of society.

We have restricted liberties because according to our age, we’re still a bunch of fuckwits that require guidance.

We don’t debate, we argue. We don’t even argue, we merely shout. We have a very short attention span. We have no regard for our environment. We don’t understand the value of things.

If that’s not a snot-nosed 13-15-year-old…I don’t know what is.


Growing Pains

This isn’t to say that we aren’t going through changes. While the left (and by this I mean ideologues) have gone rogue by claiming that breathing with the wrong rhythm has become a sign of offence, the intention behind their ludicrous actions isn’t ‘bad’ necessarily.

They simply want people to be treated fairly. However, they segment people into groups and fall into the same traps of the people they accuse of being the “oppressors”, and in perfect irony, become the oppressors themselves.

The right on the other hand, are crossing their arms and sticking to their guns screaming at the top of their lungs, “This is who I am, DEAL WITH IT!” without ever considering what their actions could mean to other people.

However, throughout this bickering and quarrels, more centrists are waking up. People that can take a look at both sides of the coins, make rational and objective conclusions and take informative decisions. It’s happening, slowly, but it’s happening.


Cannabis is a Sign of a Maturing Society

For nearly 80 years we have lived under a system that prohibits the individual from consuming certain substances deemed “not legal” by other adults. In other words, a few adults are dictating the consumption habits of millions of other adults.

Does it make sense? Of course not. However, considering that nearly 70% of all Americans (left and right) are in favor of legalizing cannabis.

Despite their differences, they could see that the idea of keeping cannabis illegal is just silly. Prohibition doesn’t benefit us in any shape or manner. Legalization is the only sensible option on the table. Allowing consenting adults to consume a plant is a big step forward for society.

That’s like aging 3 years in our hypothetical time-line.

Accepting things that you don’t like, but that doesn’t directly impact your life is a sign of maturity. It’s understanding that “other people exist” and “your point of view” isn’t the only one out there.


The Next Steps in Societal Adulting

Once cannabis is legalized, we will see some other substances get decriminalized like psilocybin, MDMA, LSD and the likes. This will take some time, but you’ll start seeing more of this kind of news post-cannabis legalization.

However, other than substances, there are also a few other “institutions” that need to be brought out of obscurity and into the light.

For starters, Prostitution should definitely be legal. We are already permitting that people have sex for free. If someone can use their own body to turn profit, and enjoy their line of work, then why should it be prohibited.

If someone can’t get laid, but has the option to pay someone else who is a willing participant…why should that be illegal? Shouldn’t we rather tax it like any other service, provide some regulations, protections, healthcare, and rights for sex workers? It’s the adult thing to do. To allow people to do whoever they want to…as long as its consensual.

Other signs of a maturing society would be, “legalized assisted suicide”, “non-intervention foreign policies” and “self-governance”.

As we get older, we begin to understand that we aren’t the center of the universe. We learn to accept things we might not like and to respect the ways of others.

Currently, society is still a bitching teen, however, we’re growing up…we’re getting better. These are just growing pains.







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