I’m writing this letter for the 230 million Americans, that’s 72% who think marijuana should be legal or at least decriminalized. I think we are getting quite angry with a government that consistently goes against the will of the overwhelming majority of it’s citizens. We are tired of being lied to by many members of congress, Republican and Democrat alike. The sad thing is that it’s not about trying to help a community or even a person. The sad and plain truth is people die so others can profit.
The almighty dollar and not morality is the great driving force behind America’s close to a century long conflict with one of the most versatile plants ever to grow on this planet. So lets just take a look at who is fighting to keep us forking out our hard earned money on taxes that seems never to solve something that was not a problem to begin with. First up the Alcohol and tobacco industries. Competition for money American’s spend on leisure, alcohol and tobacco interests have lobbied to keep marijuana out of stores. Yet even though a high school child can cop a joint of marijuana easier than he can a Budweiser, we go on paying through the nose to fund a war that can’t be won. We are a country where more Americans are killed every year by cigarettes and alcohol than all other drugs combined. Yet people still lobby and spread disinformation and down right lies about marijuana and hemp.
Next up and no surprise here it’s the big pharmaceutical companies. Of course they don’t want a harmless medicinal plant that cures a host of ailments you can grow right in your backyard or spare bedroom. No no no that’s too much competition. “Howard Wooldridge, a retired police officer who now lobbies the government to relax marijuana prohibition laws, told Republic Report that next to police unions, the “second biggest opponent on Capitol Hill is big PhRMA” because marijuana can replace “everything from Advil to Vicodin and other expensive pills.” They were so good at getting the law passed we are not even allowed to research it. It was just decided by the powers to be at the time that cannabis has no medical use whatsoever and even doctors were banned from testing it.
Police Unions? Why on earth would they lobby to keep marijuana illegal, again unfortunately money. To some, money is more important than human life. The lives of the officers forced to fight a drug war against heavily armed drug cartels. The lives of the citizens that get caught in the crossfire and lastly the lives of the addicts, who should be treated like patients not criminals. America we need to find our compassion again or in this writer’s opinion we will collapse and cease to be the great nation our founding fathers hoped we’d be. Police departments across this nation have become dependent on federal drug war grants to finance their huge budgets. Police union lobbyist in California coordinated the effort to defeat Prop 19, a ballot measure in 2010 to legalize marijuana, while helping police department clients collect tens of millions in federal marijuana-eradication grants. Federal lobbying disclosures have shown that other police union lobbyists have pushed for stiffer penalties for marijuana-related crimes nationwide. That’s right, they want to continue locking people up so we taxpayers can pay for that too. Yet they keep blaming the poorest Americans (the entitled) for our nations debt. This ruining people’s lives for a victimless crime has got to stop.
Which brings us to privatized prison corporations. These lovely companies make millions and millions of dollars locking people up for any number of drug crimes, from the smallest to the most serious. I believe these people to be one of the lowest caliber of human being there is. Profiteering from someone’s illness is pretty sad in my opinion. Corrections Corporation of America, one of the largest for-profit prison companies, stated in a regulatory filing that continuing the drug war is part in parcel to their business strategy. Prison companies have spent millions funding pro-drug war politicians and have used secretive front groups, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, to pass tough sentencing requirements for drug crimes. The average annual cost to the taxpayer is about $32,000 dollars a year per inmate. How hard do you think private prisons try to rehabilitate inmates? I’d say they never lift a finger. In fact they rely on recidivism to keep their beds to full capacity. A community shouldn’t exist by locking up the other half of that community, it’s just plain wrong! What we’re seeing in Ferguson is part of this same problem. A police department financing a city off the backs of average Americans.
Prison guard unions have a vested interest in keeping people behind bars just like for-profit prison companies. In 2008, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association spent a $1,000,000 dollars to defeat legislature that would have “reduced sentences and parole times for nonviolent drug offenders while emphasizing drug treatment over prison.” That’s just one state seven years ago. I’m sure the payoffs have gone up since then. All this money flowing into the hands of politicians who are suppose to represent the people. However the people overwhelmingly say stop this silly drug war. While elected leaders take kick backs basically to keep on funding it. To keep locking us up in droves. To keep a black market alive and as dangerous as it’s ever been, even more dangerous than the gangs that sprang out of the prohibition of alcohol.
I feel these lies have gone on long enough. Hemp has been used for thousands of years for a large number of purposes. Hemp was used to make rope until the invention of nylon. Another competitor of hemp. Hemp has the ability to supply the world with paper without ever having to cut down another tree. One acre of hemp can produce four times the amount of paper that an acre of trees can produce. The Paper industry is another enemy of the poor little hemp plant. There is no other plant on the planet able to produce more paper on the same amount of land. Hemp can also be made into very durable fabrics like canvas and even softer fabrics for clothing. Hemp grows about anywhere and needs very little water as where cotton will only grow in warm climates and needs considerably more water. Hemp has a built in insect repellent and doesn’t need to be sprayed constantly with chemicals that are harmful to bees and the environment in general. Hemp also produces twice as much fiber as cotton. It can be made into building materials that are strong durable and most important renewable. Hemp seeds are extremely high in protein and non-toxic whatsoever. Hemp as a biomass could supply the U.S. with nearly all it’s energy needs and it is great for exchanging carbon for oxygen; something the planet could desperately use. Fact: No other tree or plant on the planet has the commercial, economic and environmental potential than hemp. There are over 30,000 known products that can be produced by hemp. This is why it has so many opponents.
So in conclusion I’d like to say that it is very important to keep the pressure up on our elected officials to get this ridiculous law repealed from federal law and let the states deal with policing and taxing the legal sale and use of it. Lets stop locking up addicts and open up more treatment clinics and rehabilitation centers. Sure the law will cost a few jobs, but it will open up twice as many if not more since there is so many uses for marijuana and hemp. Please people write, email, and or call your state and federal officials and demand this craziness be stopped. Our prohibition of it, not our use of it is what finances terrorism. If drugs in this country were legal, American’s would be the people farming, processing, selling and regulating the industry. A Mexican drug lord nor a Taliban warlord would have a way to profit from an illegal drug trade. Hence forth all of the violence that goes along with the black market would cease both here at home and abroad.
As I was finishing up this article this came up and I thought I’d share it with you. It seems the federal government is at it again, contradicting their “war on drugs” mentality through actual research.
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