Justin Bieber Smoking Weed: Supporting Legal Marijuana Should Not Sway Opinion
COMMENTARY | The responses to Justin Bieber smoking weed can broadly be categorized into several opinions. There’s the people who are teetotalers that proclaim that today’s youth do not have any morals. There’s those who say that “kids will be kids” and say we should look overlook such infractions in the short term. There’s the die hard Justin Bieber fans who are excusing of any of the pop star’s actions and seek to blame any other person but Justin Bieber. In order to get Justin Bieber to stop smoking marijuana, some of those fans have even taken to cutting themselves and posting the pictures on Twitter with the hash tags #cutforbieber and #cuttingforbieber.
Then there’s those who seem to support legal marijuana and thus proclaim that Justin Bieber smoking weed is not a problem. But why does supporting legal marijuana automatically entail disregard for the current United States laws?
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a blatant example is Tommy Chong who says smoking a blunt would improve the Bieb’s art:
“I knew [Bieber] was smoking before he knew it. Because of his music. Because of his dancing. The guy is a phenom … It’s not just his looks. It’s his talent. And you don’t get talent like that by drinking alcohol. The herb, man! The herb!”
I’ve lived in Europe for years. I personally think that the United States should tune its fleet of automobiles for faster speed and implement a high way system similar to the German autobahn. Of course, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, such high speeds would require a transportation system overhaul and thus likely higher taxes. Texas has even implemented a section of highways that provide a top speed of 85 mph. But just because I support an autobahn-like transportation system does that give me the right to break the law by speeding?
In the same manner, if the law of the land currently has marijuana usage and/or possession being illegal, how does that give you the right to use pot anyway and excuse Justin Bieber smoking weed? Consuming marijuana is not immoral in of itself, but breaking the law certainly is. The best plan of action would be to petition the government for change instead of just grumbling and breaking the law in protest. There of course is the legally gray areas where state and Federal laws conflict on marijuana. People will argue over how the Tenth Amendment in the Bill of Rights should be interpreted, and in this case I say let your convictions guide you.
According to Perez Hilton, a rapper called The Game has a similar message and says that Justin Bieber should look into getting a marijuana card that legally allows him to smoke marijuana in California:
“Let’s keep it real. There’s a lot of people in high positions … who smoke a little weed sometimes. I’m not saying it’s okay … but [Bieber] made a mistake. Forgive him. Let him go through the growing pains of his life.”
After all, the current California marijuana laws would have Justin Bieber serving six months in jail, or at least require participation in a diversion program, if he was in the possession of more than an ounce of weed. For the Bieb the monetary fee is pocket change. But I also have to wonder what possible medical reason Justin Bieber could have for smoking weed; depression from being chased by paparazzi?
What do you think about legal marijuana and the reactions to Justin Bieber smoking weed?