Noam Chomsky – Why Marijuana Is Illegal And Tobacco Is Legal
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[Noam Chomsky – Why Marijuana Is Illegal And Tobacco Is Legal]
[Avram Noam Chomsky (December 7, 1928)] Source LYBIO.net
U.S. drug policies have been designed to try to compel people to drop using soft drugs like Marijuana and to turn to hard drugs like Coke. That’s actually the case, I don’t say they thought of this and decided to do it, but that’s what the policies are. In fact, that’s almost a [con-comment] of the fact that Marijuana is big and bulky and easy to detect and highly industrialized drugs are harder to detect. Further more there’s another, if someone of you want to do a research project, if somebody around here who wants to make sure they never get a job but wants to study something interesting. You might want to look at the history, why tobacco is legal and why Marijuana is illegal? I mean, tobacco is vastly more lethal and destructive than Marijuana; they are not even in the same domain. You know, but tobacco in fact is the most lethal substance around, actually the 2nd most lethal substance known. The most lethal is sugar, I guess. But uh, tobacco is close 2nd. I – uh – the – so – why is tobacco legal but Marijuana illegal?
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Well, I think there is a speculation that comes to mind. The speculation is that Marijuana is kind of like solar energy. Marijuana can grow it anywhere. You can grow it in your backyard, you know, in a – in a, it’s a [book] of weed, grows everywhere. On the other hand, Tobacco is an industrial crop, you can make money on it. A lot of inputs, takes a lot of capital and so on. Now, you know, if you have something legal that everybody can do; you’re not going to make any profit on it, so you better make it illegal. On the other hand, if it’s something that people can make a lot of profit on it, especially, you know, agra-business, pesticide, and fertilizer companies and so on, it better be legal so you can get away with it. That’s just the speculation, I’ve never seen a study on the topic, but you might want to look into it. In any event, the, again, if you don’t, if you don’t want a job, that’s a qualification, but the fact is that Marijuana was made illegal though, its probably not good for you, but as far as anybody knows – there hasn’t been one recorded overdose in about 60 million users as far as I’m aware. But Marijuana was essentially made illegal, a a very high percentage of the people now in jail are there because somebody found a Marijuana joint in their pocket, quite literally. Uh, the, and so Columbia in fact shifted from producing Marijuana which is now mostly produced to producing cocaine an industrial drug.
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