Is saying that marijuana is only a plant really a good argument for legalization?
Scour the social media feeds of cannabis proponents and there is bound to be someone arguing in favor of legalization simply because it’s only a plant. The idea is that when the Gods of the Universe unleashed the voodoo lightning that gave us this world and its valuable resources that they included cannabis sativa to make sure humans had the only medicine they would ever need. After all, if some supreme being, alien civilization or religious weirdo is indeed responsible for the creation of the cannabis plant, well, how could it be all bad? While many would argue that marijuana is a healing herb capable of curing the incurable and helping people live longer, happier lives, the truth is we still don’t have a solid grip on all of its therapeutic benefits.
And we certainly cannot be 100 percent sure that weed was put here on Earth to do good. It could have just as easily been sent by evil spawns of Satan himself, hellbent on leading society into ruins one burned-out brain at a time. I mean, if you believe one, the other is possible, am I right?
The thing is, not every plant is here for our immediate benefit. There are many poisonous flowers, herbs and other vegetation out there capable of making our lives a living hell if we dare come in contact with or ingest them. It is for this reason that the cannabis advocacy community needs to come up with a new sales pitch when pushing to have weed uprooted from the pits of prohibition. Because the current argument of “it’s only a harmless plant,” just doesn’t resonate strong enough to make sense, not even in the halls of a God-fearing Congress.
All any lawmaker has to do is point to one of the following plants on this list (or any number of those not mentioned) and this particular argument for why pot should be legal goes down in flames.
Lily of the Valley is an herb just like cannabis, and it is deadly.
Lily Of The Valley: Convallaria majalis, otherwise known as Lily of the Valley, is an herb with white, bell-shaped flowers and small orange berries. The plant was popularized in Season 4 of the critically acclaimed AMC television show Breaking Bad. It’s incredibly poisonous and said to