December 7, 2012
Everyone has different views of marijuana and whether it should be legalized or not. Some use the substance for medicinal purposes but the majority of usage is for the pleasure of the user. The reasons for using include: medicine, curiosity, relaxation, peer pressure, family or role model influence, the low perception of its harm to an individual, and to relieve the stress, anxiety, fear, pain or anger related to personal, psychological or family issues. The consumers of marijuana purchase and smoke it with no hesitation. Is it because they do not care where it comes from and how it is brought into the United States? The number of casualties? Sure, marijuana is a plant from the earth, but do they care or do they even know the added chemicals that are incorporated into marijuana like THC, which can cause increased heart rate and reduced blood pressure? Maybe they do or maybe they do not. According to the United Nations, Blood Diamonds are diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council. Although Blood Diamonds may not have the same direct effect on an individual who own them like marijuana does, the origin of the way they are exported is almost the same. Greg Campbell, an author for the American magazine “The New Republic,” compares and contrasts marijuana and Blood Diamonds in his article “Blunt Trauma: Marijuana, the New Blood Diamonds.” He says, “Unlike the consumers of blood diamonds, who were once kept in the dark about the brutal origins of their luxury goods, pot smokers can’t feign the same ignorance about the vicious gangs who grow and sell their weed.” Campbell is saying that even though the origins of the blood diamonds and marijuana have many similarities,...