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Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana.
The passage of HB105 in Utah is a step in the right direction when it comes to individual rights and free agency. All legislation should be derived from Natural law. Law and absolute free agency do indeed coexist.
Even if we KNOW that a new piece of legislation prohibiting certain victimless acts would be of benefit to all individuals and help them progress it is still not the place of natural law to force compliance. Progression cannot be forced. Force is ONLY justifiable in the defense and preservation of one’s individual rights and freedom.
Free agency is so important that even God won’t violate man’s free agency. Knowing this, why would we think it is okay to violate free agency either by our individual actions or through the coercive forceful power of the Government?
But don’t be sucked in to the argument that absolute free agency means that an individual can do whatever they want and to whomever they wish. This is a perversion of liberty. Rather, individuals are free to engage in activity, be it beneficial or harmful, if they do so in the private sphere of action and on a contractual basis. It is private property that creates and maintains the delineation between legitimate free agency and action and the violation of the individual rights of others. And that it is the violation of individual rights that exposes the aggressor to the consequences of law. The further we eliminate the institution of private property the more social confusion there will be.
Social confusion leads to believing that we need more legislative laws to protect individual rights and free agency. The reality is that it only leads to the destruction of free agency and the rights of the individual.
As a final thoughts I would like to quote a passage found in Later Day Saints President Ezra Taft Benson’s book titled This Nation shall Endure. He quotes Henry Grady Weaver saying,
“Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well meaning people who ignored the principle of individual freedom except as applied to themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of mankind-in-mass through some pet formula of their own… The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and thieves is negligible in the comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings by the professional ‘do-gooders,’ who attempt to set themselves up as gods on earth and who would ruthlessly force their views on all others – with the abiding assurance that the end justifies the means.”
It is important that we not become stagnate in our education and understanding of Natural law and free agency so that we can recognize these misguided well meaning attacks against these principles. Professor Mises stated that the only way to overcome error is by “Never relaxing in the search for truth.”
 Ezra Taft Benson, This Nation Shall Endure, pg 99