Is Marijuana Illegal?

marijuana prohibition

Who runs things when what the people want is prohibited?

In modern US history, this has to be one of the most commonly asked questions. So what’s the answer? Is marijuana illegal? Is marijuana legal? The common answer you’ll find is that it is illegal–but there are all kinds of caveats to this “law,” as it were.

I’d say the majority of people are asking this question because they want to know if they are breaking any laws, and if so, what the implications of breaking those laws might be. But right now, in 2011, there is so much gray area that even the most astute students of law can’t tell you which was is up entirely.

First, of course, you have the federal level, which for all intents and purposes would have any of its representatives tell you that marijuana is illegal and that failing a drug test positive for THC would–because of this federal law–mean you have committed a crime.

But then you have the “state by state” issue–even though technically marijuana has been made illegal by the highest courts in the land, each state has its own laws that govern the growth, distribution, and use of marijuana. So what’s fine in California is not fine in Arizona (neighbors!) and what may be considered permissible medical marijuana use in Hawaii isn’t in Iowa.

And then there’s my favorite issue: “If medical marijuana is legal where I live, and I have a medical marijuana card and a prescription from a doctor, how is it legal for my boss to fire me for smoking marijuana?!” Apparently, because businesses are allowed to have their own regulations that don’t conform to law, you can in fact, be terminated for smoking marijuana–even if you have cancer, even if your state allows it, and even if it’s the only thing that helps with your ongoing medical condition.

Many people liken the marijuana law to Prohibition, and if you’ve been watching Boardwalk Empire, you can see the intricacies of the lovely road that that leads down.¬†Insidious¬†crime, merciless money-grubbing, and finally, EVERYONE rubbing elbows with the right people to get what everyone wants… and the battle rages on.

Tell me what you think. Why should marijuana be illegal? Why should you have to pass a drug test to get a job–or welfare? Why shouldn’t you be able to ease discomforts of illness with medical grade marijuana? I want to hear from you, no matter what side of the fence you’re standing on.



  1. BV October 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    hello I just read your blog and I wanna thank you for the fantastic information in it! Please keep up the good work guys!

  2. Bettyann October 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Good article and especially informative. Thanks for taking the time to write it and post it!

  3. UNLTD November 4, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Some truly interesting info , well written and broadly user pleasant.

  4. webby December 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Great goods from you, man. I understand your stuff and you’re just too fantastic. I actually like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it sensible. This is actually a wonderful website.

  5. denalipartner January 20, 2012 at 6:31 am

    dave are u affiliated with at all? there is a drugtestdave over there and he’s pretty good with the info but not quite as outspoken as here (-;

  6. bummedbutstrummin January 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

    THe big part of the qwuestion is , why is marijuana illegal ? Lots of people say it is because the people who wanna really make the bread do better if it makes money in the under ground , but to me , i say , if our country is in the messlike right now , shit why are we waiting for ? I Mean seriosly this migt be a answer to alot of questions more than the qestions you just have a bout weed no offense !

  7. Richard Carroll January 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    This so perfectly matches our vision of what life should be, and because of this, it has the power to suck many people into its vision.

  8. howto January 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Just Because It Is Illegal Doesn’t Mean It Should Be. I Agree With Your Take On Things Here Dave. Keep On Delivering The Goods Old Buddy (-X

  9. booey January 21, 2012 at 7:08 am

    great work on this post. important opinion. mine is the same as yours bro……


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