We are witnessing the emergence of an oppressed part of society. A community that had repeatedly been laughed at and pushed aside. But in the last decade we have seen many breakthroughs and milestones reached. We have also seen a very aggressive push back from the government on the fight for legalization.
The United States was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001 and since then laws and law enforcement agencies have changed. Many expected changes but we did not expect our liberties to be eroded so much. We have seen the militarization of local law enforcement increase with urgency. We have seen the actions of these agencies change.
No community recognizes this more, surprisingly, than the cannabis community. In 2011 alone thousands received threat letters from the DOJ. Families, patients and caregivers were violently raided even though they were complying with state law. Much of the legislation that was aimed at terrorists were actually used on Americans in the War on Drugs. This costly war that has been going on for decades is not only a complete failure, it has misinformed millions and destroyed society.
They have squandered trillions of tax-payer dollars on this War on Drugs. They have not only created a black market but allowed it to flourish. Prohibition of alcohol created the rise in organized crime and prominent figures like Al Capone. We saw prices go up, prescriptions for alcohol increase and speakeasies or clubs abound. We have seen the same thing happen for over 75 years with cannabis with more recent increase in doctor recommendations, dispensaries in legal states and the head of a drug cartel listed on Forbes fortune 400 list.
With alcohol prohibition we saw a quicker end but we still saw the devastating effects it had in a short time. We have had a longer period of time to take a look at the societal, emotional, economic, medical, environmental and many other impacts of prohibition and legalization. For over 75 years we have seen families torn apart, parents lose children, people lose their wealth, their battle with their illness or their freedom. We have seen the government tell us how cannabis is just as bad a heroin, worse than tobacco, alcohol and cocaine. They have told us that cannabis holds no medical value.
With today’s access to information from all over the world and from many different sources many people should quickly see through the many lies of reefer madness. There are countless medical studies backing up the medical potential of cannabis. Last year the cannabis plants sativa and indica were genetically mapped enabling science to pinpoint the cannabinoids necessary to start using it as a therapy and cure.
With so much new data discovered, exciting breakthroughs on the horizon and the improved knowledge of society we too will see an end to cannabis prohibition. Prohibition does not make sense as a policy or as a way to control society. People are born with God-given free will and should be allowed to exercise it. 2012 can prove to be a momentous year if we make our voices heard. Contact your representative today in support of legalization, rescheduling and responsible regulation.
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