Unit Three Assignment
Purdue Global University
Natural Law Theory
How these two intertwine
This theory states that the validity of a law is based on the morals on which it stands and any laws deemed immoral will not be valid.
Civil disobedience is the main avenue in which change is enacted on these kinds of laws.
Without individuals who sacrifice for their beliefs, based on morals, change would not happen.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said that one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. (Green, 2014)
Prohibition of Cannabis
The unofficial holiday for cannabis users is April 20th of every year.
Even though this is legal is many states, none of those states allow usage of cannabis publicly.
In an act of civil disobedience, thousands of people gather in public areas and partake in the “sesh.” (Hughes, 2017)
This group of like minded individuals are exorcising natural law and choosing their “right” over the government’s “wrong.”
Burnett, M. & Reiman, A. (2014) How Did Marijuana Become Illegal in the First Place? Retrieved from http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/how-did-marijuana-become-illegal-first-place
Civil Disobedience (2019) Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/civil%20disobedience
Green, E. (2014) “One Has a Moral Responsibility to Disobey Unjust Laws” Retrieved from https://slate.com/human-interest/2014/10/mlk-s-letter-from-a-birmingham-jail-and-other-great-open-letters.html
Hughes, T. (2017) Marijuana users rally in mass disobedience over cannabis legalization. Retrieved from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/20/marijuana-users-rally-mass-disobedience-over-cannabis-legalization/100722568/
Natural Law (2016) Retrieved from https://legaldictionary.net/natural-law/