With all the protests and grumbling from the every day American I know that we are at a pivotal point in history that we are at a point where they could go either way. I believe we are at that point with Medical Marijuana. It has been state legal in CA since 1996 but only in the past few years has it really exploded. A quick search on weedmaps or any other like website and you will see thousands of dispensaries dotted all over California. While for cannabis consumers its a dream come true for officials its a nightmare.
With their experience only while the black market still exists, law enforcement and like minded people’s point of view on the violence and corruption that seems to follow I can see how they can be fearful of the whole industry. But just like with like with prohibition, not all of us are Al Capone. There will always be criminals but it is wrong to punish us all for a few and in turn create more criminals.
Cannabis patients truly are an oppressed people. The government has sought after marijuana with the same vivaciousness of a murderer manhunt. It has been unrelenting in its pursuit of even simple possession. They wasted billions of hard earned taxpayer’s money at the drop of a hat over a simple plant.
There are hundreds of other top priority issues that are being negleted to go after this plant and its consumers. It makes me angry to see stories where domestic violence is decriminalized because they ran out of money to prosecute but they have plenty of money to go after medical marijuana patients.
Thankfully the Alcohol Prohibition Era lasted a relatively short time but it still gives us a great look into a failed policy that applies to us today. We saw how crime and general chaos ensued after prohibition took place. We also saw crime organized for the first time on a larger scale. Mass murders took place with bodies being dumped in the streets. Even with the it being illegal people still drank.
We are at a time in history with some of the same things taking place. We have dispensaries and patients being robbed. We have gang violence still trying to control whats left of the black market. We have Mexican cartels taking over our forests and killing thousands in their country. We have decapitated heads being found on children’s school playgrounds.
The underground black market for Marijuana is organized. It has its roots deep throughout the country. Here in California especially it has spilled out into almost every county. The gang violence can be seen in the streets as well as the size of the prison population. It has been a very lucrative business for them. The sad thing is that some marijuana patients are forced to fuel this economy.
With regulation and legislation passed we have seen the legal medical marijuana population rise to the top and be on display for the world to see. They have shown how dispensaries can be run responsibly and in the compassionate manner originally intended. We have seen the standards of cannabis rise not only with potency but in growing and quality.
We have heard thousands of success stories from patients living a better life thanks to cannabis. When pulled into the light and operated legally we see a change. I have visited locations that are similar to a doctor’s office with a staff that are professional and knowledgeable. They pay taxes, bring revenue into the county and provide jobs.
In Colorado, where the medical marijuana industry is for-profit, we have seen the amount collected in business licenses and the like in the millions. We see how even in a bad economy that is one industry that is booming. It is exploding right in the face of the federal government and they’re not happy about it.
Today we saw a crack down in California from the federal government. They put it under the guise of criminal activity but in their eyes all of it is illegal. The Attorney General’s office sent out letters to property owners bullying them by saying they would lose their property if they continued to allow a dispensary to operate. By doing this they are strong arming the entire industry.
Not everyone can grow their own medicine but they still need it. Even when the government says they are not going after the sick, by attacking the source of our medicine, they are attacking patients. Once again they are reacting towards everyone instead of the problem. Somehow they still do not seem to get that while a black market exists, while the unsuccessful and costly drug war exists, while prohibition exists we will always have these issues.
If it was not illegal you would not have mass amounts of undocumented marijuana transferred between states but instead a regulated system that would generate billions if not trillions in revenue. The Mexican cartels, US gangs and the black market would not have the funding nor the power it currently does.
Instead license fees, taxes and other revenue would be pumped into the local, state and federal governments. Patients would have access to quality medicine without fear. With a law enforcement that back the marijuana industry and instead targets only true criminal activity I believe we would see an industry much like alcohol or tobacco.
With over 70 years of failed policy and crime stats supporting the evidence its time to repeal the prohibition of marijuana is it not time to act? One can not be heard but many they will take notice. How much longer can we stand by while the government attacks patients?
Even if you can’t actively participate educating and informing people of the benefits of cannabis is one way to be active. There are hundreds of medical studies, thousands of survivor stories and millions of consumers. There is mounting evidence of the powers of cannabis. It is time for us to educate the government and others so that all can be free to medicate.
If you can be active get involved and contact your representitive and the presidential hotline. Supporters are urged to call on the President to respect state marijuana laws – White House Hotline:202 -456-1111 show your support for a bill to let states regulate medical marijuana legally, H.R. 2306, has been introduced by Rep. Barney Frank and has several co-sponsors from California.
And in the great words of Thomas Jefferson:
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?-Thomas Jefferson
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- Obama’s Multi-Agency War on Medical Marijuana (justsaynow.firedoglake.com)
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