If you have a chance to see any of the Oscar short documentaries, watch Saving Face. I’m still haunted by the horrific violation of women in Pakistan. I can’t even talk about it without getting upset. It’s very powerful.
While every country across the globe still has strides to make in the equality of women i.e. equal pay, equal job opportunities, equal testimony, Pakistani women just want equality of safety, the opportunity to live without fear, and the opportunity to receive justice for the the injustices carried out against them.
Every year an average of 100 Pakistani women are the victims of acid attacks from spouses and family members, and most likely there are more cases that go unreported out of fear. Women who have had their faces burned off from battery acid. Women who have been doused in gasoline and set afire. Women with spouses who are abusive. Women with in-laws who don’t want them anymore. Women who are simply walking down the street.
Earlier this week, me and my friends got into a pretty heated debate over the legalization of marijuana. Not that I support the idea, but when alcohol was brought up in the conversation, I stood to legalize weed. Why?
- Under the influence of marijuana, people tend to be more aware of their impaired psychomotor skills, and drive well below the speed limit. Those under the influence of alcohol are much more likely to be clueless or defiant about their condition, and to speed up and drive recklessly.
- Hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur annually. There has never been a single recorded marijuana OD fatality.
- According to the American Public Health Association, excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of death in this country.
- There have been no documented cases of lung cancer in a marijuana-only smoker, nor has pot been scientifically linked to any type of cancer. Alcohol abuse contributes to a multitude of long-term negative health consequences, notably cirrhosis of the liver and a variety of cancers.
- While a small quantity, taken daily, is being touted for its salutary health effects, alcohol is one of the worst drugs one can take for pain management, marijuana one of the best.
- Alcohol contributes to acts of violence; marijuana reduces aggression. In approximately three million cases of reported violent crimes last year, the offender had been drinking. This is particularly true in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and date rape. Marijuana use itself, is absent from both crime reports and the scientific literature.
- Police officers throughout the U.S. and Canada report they have never had to fight a marijuana user. When’s the last time they had to fight a drunk? They look at their watches.
- I haven’t heard of alcohol ever prescribed as a pain killer. Marijuana? Well, several times.
So, the argument really should be about making alcohol illegal, if marijuana cannot be made legal. As long as alcohol’s freely sold to people of age with a “drink responsibly” label, well why not sell marijuana with a “smoke responsibly” label too?
(Source: The Huffington Post)