Real quick: Do you think marijuana should be legalized for sale in the USA, taxed and sold (and controlled) like alcohol? Or what about medical ‘needs’? How about for recreational use? Just for having some fun?
Unknown to most, the pharmaceutical industry has been working hard to end the medical marijuana trade – after all, it cuts into their profits! They have already developed a drug, now into clinical testing, which provides the beneficial effects of marijuana without providing the high. Thus far results have been good: patients receiving these have reported less pain than those receiving placebos.
The fact is, if they succeed the Big Pharma industries will have basically shut down the reason for trade in the medical marijuana field (excusing the pun!). This pill will give the Federal government (as well as a few states) reasons to go back to enforcing the law – bringing down the hammer on medical marijuana users, promoters and the like.
Another example of big industry taking a potentially good business and shutting it down.
Then there’s this: the drug cartels. Do you think they want to see it legalized? That would adversely impact their trade. Most of the money made by the drug cartels goes into financing criminal business – and yet we give them the means to keep expanding their nightmare – turning you and I into even greater drug users – weaning us off of (or in conjunction to) marijuana and trying to get us on other drugs: cocaine, methamphetamines and the like. “They” have powers and money in Washington, too – opposing legalization of the marijuana trade. And if you don’t think some of their money isn’t filtering and trickling into the pockets of ‘big business’ – as well as our politicians funds – you must be higher than they are.
The thing is: cartels and big government have nothing to lose by this thing. Government grows bigger (more cops, survelliance systems, et cetra ad infinitum and ad nauseum and goodbye to your privacy, rights, and things). “They” have more reason to keep control of you, building more jails. The USA has the highest per-capita incarceration rate all around – and this is a country founded on the principles of “freedom” and an individual’s rights to choose for themselves. Never mind ‘they’ (the government, not the cartels) are spending us to death with this thing: they’ll keep on enforcing unpopular laws (as well as any other ones they think they can get by with) until the end of time – until YOU speak up. The “squeaky wheel” gets the grease in this kind of system of ours. If you don’t believe it, look what the minorities have done – from the women getting the right to vote to the right to ‘be someone’ (the abortion issue and minorities rights fall under that one).
Think of it: trimming the tax dollars from the budget in terms of being able to reduce the number of policemen, the number of prisoners in the jails (plus the medical care, feeding and housing them – plus the people to oversee all of THAT process) – the costs associated with investigating then busting someone for marijuana possession – all that kind of mess – and then reserving those investigative officers for the REAL work to be done: catching murderers, preventing rapes, protecting our children – maybe finding some that have gone missing instead of looking for a bit of weed underneath someone’s couch where it’ll do no harm . . .
And think of THIS one, too: a new crop, and a BIG one that our American farmers can farm; goods to be distributed, packing and shipping to be done. There’s a whole new bud of industry (if you don’t mind, I’ll use that term. I’m often fond of double meanings; triple ones sometimes, too – but it’s up to YOU to be able to catch them and maybe ‘see’ the kind of ‘person’ I am . . . not one but two, three . . . even more.)
And that’s another thing: “Marijuana causes mental disturbances of the mind” – such as schizophrenia – but I dont’ think that’s true. No more so than with any other kind of drug. You should see kids on some caffeine (comes in almost every beverage in the world – we as a society are addicted to caffeine). “I” was broken long ago by the abuse that happened at the time; the social shifting effect – not by ‘this thing’ (marijuana, I mean). Not saying it’s ‘good’ – but not saying it’s as bad as some of those with an issue (meaning they want to control everyone ELSES behavior) are saying. “Reefer Madness” is a bad flick too many people are still buying. (After all, the cops say: they’d much rather raid a party where the drug users are all ‘stoned’ than one where they’re all hopped up on crack, PCP, or some new ‘rave’ drug that’s come out . . .)
Personally? I can see more good than harm coming from legalizing marijuana. I think it’s time the American public did something about it. Plant a plant in your window sill to show solidarity (I’ll see ya in the jail!) – but isn’t that the whole thing: how ridiculous it is to keep on keeping this sort of thing illegal? No one has ever “O.D.’d” on the thing (I know: I’ve tried) – but keeping alcohol legal while illegalizing weed? Come on . . .
Another example of society’s insanities – a lack of common sense going on. And in today’s America? With the recession and all still going on? We need a new industry – a bright and shining one in which there already is a LOT of demand – and there’s no need to develop a new technology (like with electric cars). Just legalize it and be done.
Write your congressman and representatives. Mark it down on the calendar and send them a new email every week or two or three. Maybe with enough voices (see that ‘squeaky wheel’ kind of thing) – and people with enough balls (so may whimps and sheeples think the government will come sniffing with their noses if you write such a thing) – maybe we could ‘get ‘er done’.
American style with American weed . . . and even the Mexicans might benefit as their growers find a legal market and no longer how to bow under their cartel’s thumbs. However, it’s not going to happen if you don’t write . . . complain to Washington.
It’s time to legalize ‘weed’ in my opinion – long after time, to tell the truth. But it would get our economy growing, give a break to our long suffering farmers – give the tobacco industries something to do, and Washington something else to regulate while increasing their tax revenue . . . long past time. And bear in your mind: what I’ve listed as benefits are just a few.
Legalize weed; help the ‘movement’ grow. And remember: Buy American if they do!
I also encourage folks to join “NORML“, which has been around a long time. With your support and theirs, maybe we can get this done in my lifetime . . .