Disclaimer: I’m from Amsterdam but I never smoked/consumed pot. It’s legal there so why should I? It’s (mainly) for tourists and old hippies.
With the upcoming legal sale of hashish in Israel (gasp, how revolutionary!), some warnings should be printed on each package:
1. Smoking weed may get you addicted to cigarettes. Eating is better.
2. Your ability to drive safely will be hindered. Don’t smoke and drive.
3. Your judgment may be impaired. This may lead to real danger like having unprotected sex, or doing other stupid or dangerous things.
4. This product lets you escape. It is not helping you to band together with others to solve things you want to improve in the world.
5. Some people sometimes get in psychological trouble from this. This may be a passing thing (“bad trip”), or an onset of bigger trouble. Cannabis messes with your brain. Isn’t it messed up enough already?
6. Marijuana is not as dangerous to your physical health as nicotine or alcohol but it’s an exaggeration to call it just fun, safe, and innocent. Some people can’t get off of it. That’s costly and incapacitating.
7. Pot might be used as legal pain killer. That doesn’t mean its use by someone healthy is health-promoting. Stop the abuse of medication.
8. Watching TV is also legal but can endanger your mental and physical health. In a free society, not everything lawful is wise and good.
9. It is not true that, in order to belong, one must try this. Just say no. Also, not everything in life should be tried at least once. One can pass. While labeled and pushed as alternative, cool, avant-garde, is it? Or is abstaining cooler? You saying no may help others follow.
10. It may be a shame to waste your good time and money on escapism; it’s a crime to put this into the food or drinks of unsuspected people.
How ridiculous the idea that Jewish Law should just allow it and leave each individual the right and freedom to decide for themselves to use or not. Jewish Law doesn’t prescribe rights and freedoms. It is obligation-based.