Take heart, Mr. Smith. The counter-productive fraud of marijuana prohibition is now going down in flames. I'm sure it will be much easier to discuss with your mother once that evil, shame-producing machine is smashed.
Whatever you say, or don't say, to your mother - know in yourself that since this country celebrates addictive, FAR more harmful alcohol (Napa Valley, countless beer and wine festivals, etc.), you can be proud you prefer a natural, unprocessed plant that is very near harmless.
>>>"too bad Oregon is soooo cold."
No problem. Oregon, Colorado and Washington all have re-legalization intiatives on the ballot for November. If just ONE passes, it will cause the collapse of the shaky marijuana prohibition - nationwide!
So, call everyone you know who lives in one of those states and ask them to vote YES. Then, pick a state and send money to their movement. - Freedom is on the way!
The only thing illegal about marijuana is the monstrously destructive FRAUD of marijuana prohibition. It was perpetrated in 1937 on false testimony, orchestrated by soon-to-be-out-work alcohol prohibition bureaucrat, Harry Anslinger.
In all its seven miserable decades, it has not garnered a shred of legitimacy and has never accomplished even one positive thing. It has ONLY caused vast amounts of crime, violence, corruption, and the severe diminishment of everyone's freedom.
Thank goodness polls show a growing majority of Americans now want to end marijuana prohibition. - This crucial justice, and wise economic move, is way past due!
It may be comical, but why not? Since it is now common knowledge marijuana is not addictive and FAR less harmful than alcohol, there's no reason its sale should be any more restricted than that toxic brew.
Much of the strength of the of the medical marijuana movement comes from the collection of states that have put medical marijuana in place - as demonstrated by the reference in this article to precedence set by other states.
A big factor in that collective strength comes from the provision for reciprocity - the allowing of medical marijuana patients from other states to function in the subject state. So far, only seven states have some form of reciprocity. They are:
Arizona, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Monstana, Oregon and Rhode Island.
We should encourage ALL the states to include reciprocity, then work for uniformity of regulation within that group. This moves the struggle up from the state to the national level.
United we stand.
Good column. Let's help lay the foundation of truth.
Every major government commission on marijuana has concluded it is non-addictive and FAR less harmful than alcohol. The reports of all these commissions can be read here:
The DEA's own administrative law judge, Francis Young, concluded after an exhaustive review of the evidence: "Marijuana, in its natural state, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man." -- In fact, in all of recorded history, NO ONE has ever died from consuming marijuana. - That makes it not only much safer than alcohol, but also safer than aspirin, safer than coffee, and safer than peanuts.
As such, ALL use is medical use, since every person who switches from Budweiser to buds improves their health and life tremendously, as well as that of their family and community.
This truth is now common knowledge, and recent polls show a growing majority of Americans now want an end to the fraudulent, counter-productive marijuana prohibition. In all its seven decades, it has NEVER accomplished even one positive thing. It has ONLY caused vast amounts of crime, violence, corruption, death, and the severe diminishment of everyone's freedom. In this, it has much in common with the apparently forgotten miserable failure of alcohol prohibition.
So, with all this knowledge, WHY do we still have this barbaric persecution of millions of good Americans?
Because police, prosecutors and politicians build their careers and empires on it. Because industries like alcohol and pharmaceuticals don't want the competition. Because other interests like the drug treatment/testing industry and the prison industries depend on it for their life's blood. Because many shaky corporations couldn't exist without the laundered money. And because government uses marijuana prohibition as a means of controlling minorities and the poor. It's also probable the huge underground black-market funds government black-ops, as well as provide a very useful clandestine conduit for myriad dark operations.
Finally, of course, the TRILLIONS of dollars made by the drug gangs have not been buried in the ground. They have been invested in legitimate business, causing another huge support of this persecution of millions of innocent people. See Catherine Austin Fitts "Narco Dollars For Beginners." - keeping in mind that while Fitts employs cocaine because it best suits her metaphor, FBI statistics show marijuana sales comprise 80 percent of all "illegal" drug transactions.
It's time to dismantle the marijuana-prohibition-industrial-complex!
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