The possible answers to "Who owns me?" are:
1. I own me. I am responsible for the choices I make, and I should be held accountable when I cause harm to others.Sixteen votes were cast. I did not vote. Fourteen votes were for Answer #1. Two votes were cast for Answer #3. I have to assume those two were not cast as serious answers.
2. Someone else or some group owns me. They are responsible for making the best choices for me, and may be held accountable for my actions.
3. No one owns me. No one is responsible for making decisions for me, not even I. No one can be held accountable.
4. God owns me. Everything I do is God's will, which absolves me from responsibility.
Of course I knew that sane people, even Foruminants, could not vote seriously for anything except #1, or something close to it in their own words. Acceptance of accountability for one's action(s) that cause damage to another is a fundamental building block in formation of a society. Anyone who can't live with that is in for a short and brutish life.
I'll bet that, if I am able to get this question and these four choices for answers (and there are no other possible answers, are there?) in front of a cross-section of South Dakotans, the results would be faaaiiirly close to what we had here. Yet a substantial proportion of the supporters of Answer #1 would backpedal when asked to support their simultaneous belief that use of marijuana is sufficient reason to put a person in jail.
They will try to argue that my cannabis possession poses a harm to others. That is the only possible justification for their position. When pressed, they will simply retreat to, "It's illegal," as if that was proof of something. In other words, they retreat to insanity as justification for their position.
It's insane to bar hemp production. It's insane to put people in jail for using an herb with proven medically-beneficial properties. But the moral and constitutional question here has little directly to do with either of those points. The question is: "Even if I AM causing damage to myself when I toke up a bowl, what business is it of the cop who takes me down for it?"