11. Wars make money for a few and kill the rest…
The War on Drugs makes money for Cartels, Police, The Government, Prisons, politicians, crooks, and all those other people we can’t see like the Glad Bag people and the Grow-light industry. This hundred-year revenue stream could dry up if Americans couldn’t be arrested for a drug that has been proven to be less destructive than whole milk.
10. Doesn’t Matter What We Do?
Barney Frank and Ron Paul cross the aisle for bi-huggable confabulous (I know, but let me have it) bill supporting the legalization of Marijuana. Lamar Smith (R-Tx, surprise!) drinking buddy of the alcoholic lobbyists everywhere, will single-handily try to stop the demon weed so that beer, wine and booze will never have to suffer like it did for those thirteen long years almost a hundred years ago. Lamar, according to Opensecrets.com, makes around 20 grand a year to ensure that the only bud that the American kids puts to their lips, has an Anheuser-Busch label on it.
9. Drinking went up during prohibition.
I know who cares, but apparently when you can’t get something, you want it more. Per-capita consumption of alcohol had been declining in the U.S. right before Prohibition started. After alcohol consumption in the U.S. hit an all-time low during the depression of 1921, it actually began to increase starting in 1922. Especially alarming is economist Mark Thorton’s research finding that the “homicide rate increased from 6 per 100,000 population in the pre-Prohibition period to nearly 10 per 100,000 in 1933.”
8. In 1937, the guy who started this whole fiasco said…
“No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a philosopher, a joyous reveler in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer.” (Harry Anslinger)
And people still believe this…Let me help you out America. You get mellow when you smoke. Whatever was troubling you hurts less now. Harry was right about it making music and stories better, but murderers and insensate? I haven’t insensate since high school. Someone should tell me what insensate means.
7. Where are the doctors? The AMA?
When all the false information was produced to scare America into prohibition against Marijuana in 1937, not one doctor testified before the congressional hearings. All evidence was contrived by a small clique of an American Cartel that wanted to do away with industrial hemp. Where are the doctors now? They’re trying to find a way to market Marijuana so it profits just the Pharmaceutical companies and the doctors who play ball with a health-care industry that is for profit, not for compassion.
6. We do not want to tarnish the memory of Richard Nixon.
The president that had to step down because he lied to America, created a vast network of white, short-sleeved worker bees who hated Marijuana called the Drug Enforcement Administration. As of 2009, the DEA has a budget around 2.6 BILLION with 83 offices, world-wide. For forty years this agency has destroyed lives and families, making criminals out of other-wise law-abiding citizens. Does it work? No! Can we stop it? Not unless we want to rethink our whole, I-Love-Dick-Nixon-and-all-he-stands-for attitude. After Regan, secretively, Nixon is the Right’s favorite son.
5. Prisons, Prisons, Prisons!
In a September 2008 report, the Marijuana Policy Project found that between 1995 and 2008 nearly 9.5 million individuals had been arrested due to connections with marijuana (whether it is cultivation, possession, or distribution). 872,720 marijuana-related arrests occurred in 2007, an all-time record totaling more arrests than those for all violent crimes combined. This means, on average, that one person is arrested on marijuana charges every 36 seconds. Cultivating as little as one marijuana plant is a federal felony. Several states have interjected and slightly decriminalized certain aspects of marijuana policy, but the majority of U.S. states continue to enforce federal marijuana laws.
It doesn’t matter that Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce was working with the FOR-PROFIT prison industry, Corrections Corporation of America, when composing the Anti-immigration bill that Arizona put into law. The bill was about putting butts in the beds and all Russell and his friends were doing was to make sure that before they build those big new prisons, Sheriff Joe and others would make sure they came. But please, only your browns and blacks.
Every year as pro-medical marijuana legislation and other progressive measures are trying to be reached throughout the country, along with the liquor lobby, the Correctional Officers unions are the major contributors to squashing any pro-pot laws.
Why? Cause it ain’t any good for business.
Sorry but the silent sister of Weed is always at the dance but hardly ever asked to dance. There is so much money to be SAVED with Hemp, meaning, there are so many fearful industries that could lose money if there was a cheap alternative available: they’re scared shitless.
A fascinating exploration into the possibilities of hemp can be seen in two issues of Popular Mechanics in 1938 and 1941. An interesting side note is that these issues, which contain extensive praise for the possibilities of hemp production, were written after cannabis was already criminalized in 1937 with The Marihuana Tax Act. It’s hard to believe that even after a year of cannabis being outlawed in America; Popular Mechanics was still praising the value of hemp. Popular Mechanics confidently proclaims “hemp will produce every grade of paper and government figures estimate that 10,000 acres devoted to hemp will produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of average pulp land.
Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody “hurds” remaining after the fiber has been removed contain more than 77 percent cellulose, which can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane.
3. Too many Americans still have access to Marijuana.
Even though I am an activists fighting for the right for patients to get the medication they need, with that being said, I still know about 40, 000 people growing it. It is America’s number one cash crop. Someone’s got to be growing it. This pisses off the Powers That Be. Until they can figure out how to stop unregulated growers (in their eyes) from trying to do their thing, Big Money, Big Pharma won’t rest. It’s never been about the Weed, it’s about Freedom.
2. Big Pharma wants to own Marijuana.
A study over five years old from Mohamed Ben Amar in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology researched the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids,(CBD’s) in marijuana. The study monitored the contact cannabinoids had on patients in several countries with diseases and health problems such as spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy, and more. In this study, Amar concluded:
[I]t [is] possible to affirm that cannabinoids exhibit an interesting therapeutic potential as stopping vomiting and nausea, an appetite stimulant in debilitating diseases (cancer and AIDS), analgesics, as well as in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, Tourette’s syndrome, epilepsy and glaucoma.
It works and they know it!
1. The chief reason Marijuana is still illegal in this country?
Because Big Pharma, even with all their money, scientists and resources, still can’t figure out how to grow the Diggity-Dank like those stoners do!