This is the question that has been asked by so many people all across the world. The purpose of legalizing tobacco while strictly stopping one from using cannabis, or what is commonly called hemp or marijuana, is still a mystery for many. On average, four hundred million people die annually owing to the tobacco usage. Mostly, the people who use tobacco in more concentrated forms like Cheyenne Cigars
and others such are likely to die. However, no deaths have been reported yet resulting from cannabis usage. This and many other factors lead people to question the monopoly that has legalized one substance while abandoning the usage of the other, closely similar and seemingly less poisonous than tobacco.
While there is not any scientific reason to do so, this discrimination usually alludes to the baseless social and political norms dating to the previous centuries especially under the colonial rule. Many people still believe that Marijuana is a very racist term as this substance was hated by British rulers and therefore it still has not been able to gain value under the long-lasting colonial hangover. The reasons for legalizing tobacco and not accepting cannabis can be broadly divided into the following two categories:
1. Political and Financial Influence
In the decades where colonization was in full swing, the laws were very much influenced and made by white men who liked tobacco a lot and hated the cannabis which came from the lands of poor colonized men. Their liking for tobacco led to an eventual legalization of all the tobacco-containing products. This tobacco was planted by black Africans on the colonized lands and was exported from there to other regions, eventually ending up as a money-making tactic for the white men. Since then, even when they have left, the laws that these colonizers endowed the colonized people with have not changed much and the poor cannabis still needs to sneak its ways out in order to reach anywhere. The people in the olden times were forced to live under and abide by whatever rules that authority has made for them and since then no one ever tried to get cannabis legalized
2. Social and Health-Related Concerns
This is still a very large group of individuals who believe cannabis to be banned because of some of the very harmful effects of it that can in no way compete for those of products like tobacco and alcohol even in concentrated forms. A cigar is a concentrated form of tobacco and while it has its own harmful impacts on the smokers, it can in no way be as intoxicating as a single intake of cannabis. The addiction of cannabis is very rapid and stronger as compared to the tobacco and it is also a depressant which has altering impacts on the brain of the users. The side effects of marijuana intake are far more dangerous than those of nicotine and tobacco intake in the long run too.
This leads to an overall feeling of dislike for marijuana in the society while people have now come to accept the tobacco addiction as somewhat of a normal thing.