This plant, a type of hemp, is STILL illegal according to the federal government. People's lives have been destroyed for growing this plant. People have died for growing hemp. People are serving life sentences for possessing a few scraps of the leaf of this weedy hemp. The Drug War is still killing people.
The EVALI epidemic was a clear consequence of the Drug War. With neighboring states selling recreational marijuana under a regulatory regime, it made sense that some crops might not pass muster and end up on the black market. A black market that would not exist but for the federal prohibition on marijuana.
As long as the federal prohibition endures no dope smoker is safe. Consider that fact on this April 20th. The Feds can come in and do as they please just as they have in the past. I really wonder about the mushroom and other psychedelic experimentation going on in Silicon Valley. This experimentation is going on openly much as it did in the sixties. Things can change in the blink of an eye or the turn of an election.
When California first decriminalized marijuana in the 1970s, a reporter was on the evening news smoking a joint and a police officer came out on camera and wrote him a ticket. It seemed we were on our way to legalization. Fast forward just a few years and the War on Drugs is ramped up under Reagan.
This Drug War continues unabated under Bush and Clinton. I learned that the federal government could come in and do as they pleased no matter what the state law was. Beyond the federal actions, California state law evolved to allow for the confiscation of people’s property even if they were found with just a seed. It effectively repealed any decriminalization that had previously passed.
Our jails became full of marijuana smokers. All across the country corporate prisons made huge profits and continue to do so by keeping WEED illegal. However, more than half the nation and a huge majority in states that have recreational cannabis understand the plant is relatively benign. Nonetheless, there are people rotting in prison cells for no other reason than the possession of a small amount of pot. There are people whose lives were utterly destroyed by overzealous police enforcement of “Reefer Madness”.
Not only that, imagine the mindsets of the people that have pushed this Drug War and the incredible human cost of their misguided morality. People were beaten and even killed enforcing the unjust laws. Who are these people that pushed so hard to punish pot users for having a plant? Will there be no consequences for people that have been enforcing so ENTHUSIASTICALLY these unjust laws?
These people apparently have no conscience and only the citizenry can force a conscience upon them. These people have demonstrated incredibly flawed judgment and an incredible lack of compassion. There MUST be consequences for these “Reefer Maniacs”. They were and ARE obviously sociopaths. These are the true threats to the social order. They need to be locked up to protect the rest of society.
However, first and foremost, on this 4/20, please take a moment and consider how you can help the people that have suffered SO MUCH for your freedom to indulge in cannabis. Don’t forget the victims of these unjust laws. Don’t forget that all across the country there are people languishing in prison for doing just what you are doing joyfully.
Don’t forget the mindset of those that have enforced these draconian drug laws. They are not fit to lead or make judgments on the human condition as they lack compassion. Many are nothing more than moral monsters or robots that do whatever they are told, no matter the cost to the humans “underfoot”.
There should be consequences for those ruined so many lives. Take a moment and remember the victims of the Drug Wars. There is a move afoot to attack opioid abuse in the same way, with a ferocious drug war. Please Just Say No to the new Drug War and help free the victims of the current one.
Finally, please consider how the Drug War was able to change voting demographics. Many many red states continue to have laws on the books making possession of hemp leaves a felony. A felon cannot vote on top of having problems getting their lives back on track after incarceration. The Drug War drove America’s electorate to the right by force. Many who might have voted for a more permissive society ended up being victims of the punitive society.
The Drug War is clearly a political war. There can be no doubt any longer. On April 20th while considering whether the meat puppet Biden is worth voting for please consider how the police state has changed outcomes at the ballot box. As long as the federal government refuses to recognize the fact that hemp leaves are not a dangerous addictive Schedule 1 controlled substance. Jeez, this is still the central government’s enforcement position!