...but there is that, too.
Cannabis is a beautifully diverse crop that could improve America in many spheres.
From textiles to medicine; I'll stop short of saying that it could even lessen our dependence on foreign oil.
California is a hair away from legalizing it for adults. When Prop 19 passes (which it will) it will take an officer with the jurisdiction of a federal marshal or above to cite an individual for anything more than a legal INFRACTION. That's something less than a traffic ticket, by the way. Pretty soon, consuming weed, growing weed and transporting it will be considered as socially acceptable as jay walking.
There is still a HUGE battle to fight, though.
And believe me, this isn't just about my right to get high.
Federal law will suffocate any endeavors to industrialize cannabis to it's full potential as a major crop to be rivaled with. Guilt and overt manipulation are one of their many tools for doing so. In an article by the Contra Costa Times, Oct. 16, 2010, U.S Attorney General Erick Holder had this to say. " We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law." He also said that legalizing recreational use in California would be a "significant impediment" to the governments's joint efforts with state and local law enforcement to target drug traffickers who often distribute marijuana alongside cocaine and drugs. "
Fuck you, Mr. Attorney General.
You are obviously a liar, misinformed, or a little over baked, yourself. Since you work for the U.S government, I'm going to assume you're bound to some sort of drug testing, so it's probably not being over-baked. Since you're a goddamned Attorney General, I'll go out on a limb and say that you probably aren't misinformed. I mean after all, you've got some of the top minds in the world working on this. So that means you are a liar. No big surprise, really.
Californians will soon have the legal ability to grown their own weed. Our climate here isn't perfect for it, but even so and despite the fact that it's still illegal, we do a pretty damn good job of producing this crop. I get my own personal stock from a relative (who doesn't speak Spanish and has never even vacationed outside of the U.S) when I don't feel like making the drive to his 'farm' I'll get some from a friend. Actually, I'll get mine from various friends. Plenty of people here have a legal prescription and are always willing to loan some out, or buy some for me over the counter at the co-op. That must mean that the co-ops are supporting drug cartels, right? Nope. These pot-shops get their green from the same place I get mine. They are stocked by LOCAL growers who have actually pushed the drug smugglers out. Seriously. Take a look at the numbers. Marijuana has been growing ever more legal in the last few years, and illegal immigration has actually DROPPED 4% in California alone. Please explain to me why in the fuck I would try to make contact with and then further associate with a criminal gang for my weed when I can just pluck a few buds growing off of my houseplant? Jesus Christ, I wouldn't even know how to go about buying drugs from cartel or trafficker. Legalizing this product utterly undermines anyone who sells it, because once the consumers are flooded with it, people will no longer have to buy it black market. How does this not compute? It seems really obvious, but when there is an important man using key phrases to promote fear and division, the public often reacts. Right now, Mexicans crossing the border are a hot topic. This guy used information from fifty years ago to dig up an incredible link, and I'm calling him out on it.
Yeah. This all links back to 'immigration' reform and the bullshit terror stories we have shoved down our throats about mules sneaking across the border to get our kids hooked on cocaine. We are told that if we toke up, we are supporting anchor-baby-welfare-moms and rancher-killing-homicidal-gangs.
Even though there is no connection.
Even though the numbers disprove it.
We are being lied to and intimidated simply because the government thinks that it knows where we should spend our money. When you take a rather lucrative cash crop and can suddenly produce your own intake at home for very little cost? Well hold up here. We have an already burdened police force to further task, we have an over crowded prison system that milks the government and tax payers for way more than it's worth, and we've got legislators, attorneys and judges that need a paycheck, right? I am not saying that legalizing weed would lower the crime rates, but I am saying it will lower the type of 'crime' that isn't really even a crime at all.
As usual, this issue speaks to me, because I hate hypocrisy. Legalizing this PLANT will correct the humiliating flaw in our justice system that allows alcohol to be served to adults, but illegalizes pot.
"Give me one argument against marijuana that can't also be made against alcohol."-
"Give me one argument against their god that can't also be used against your own."
I'm an atheist because of that question. Maybe the one above it will make you a pot supporter, if not a consumer.
As Americans, we are told that it's unpatriotic or impractical to stop spending our hard earned money on foreign oil. Even when these oil providing countries actually DO train terrorists. Even when these countries actually DO blatantly commit acts of human rights abuse in the global community. Even when these countries actually DO harm our environment, national security and well being we are told to keep on truckin', cus that's what America needs. BP should be forgiven because they are trying really hard to make it right and clean up. Saudi people are a dignified, fair culture that we have an agreement of mutual understanding with.
BP was a mess of safety infractions, and I was told in my commercial diving course that working off the gulf was the best way to never work anywhere else because either 1) I would be dead or 2) I'd pick up so many bad habits and shortcuts, no where else would ever hire me. EVERYONE who works in that industry knew it was a matter of time. Our government did, too. They saw it coming, and yet here we are.
And Saudi Arabia?
They are no more a dignified culture than any other misogynistic sand-Neanderthals that are only a few generations away from cutting each others's heads off in the desert. The fact that they hit black gold might have improved their infrastructure, but it did nothing for their human rights enlightenment. Oh, I bet that we've got a mutual understanding with them. In fact, I bet there are more than a few good old boy, white Christian oil barons that would be perfectly happy to see women stripped of all rights and barefoot in the kitchen.
But Mexicans are bad. Right? They are dirty and they are sneaky and they steal our jobs and bleed our system.
Hell, even if that WERE true, I still don't understand what it has to do with my pot. Fuck, man. I actually have a few Mexican neighbors. They buy their weed from me, so pack that in your bowl and smoke it, Mr. Attorney General. Consider the implications here. The folks that used coyotes to cross our borders buy their pot from me. Not the other way around. Now, I sell these folks my weed when they need it, but I don't particularly like them. They have ten million kids who are noisy at all hours day or night, but you know what? I don't dislike them because they are here illegally (which they are) or because they don't speak very good English (which they don't.) I dislike them because they have ten million kids, and I hate kids.
I also hate their stupid music. Seriously. Why does Mexican band music still utilize a tuba? Who else does that? The last thing I want to hear during a nice, peaceful evening in the hot tub is the 'umpa-Umpa-UMPA' sound of circus music rattling my bones.So I'm a racist, right? Or at least I'm a nationalist or bigot of some type?
I also dislike my downstairs neighbors because of their music too. I hate gangsta rap, and I know those guys sit on their asses all day collecting unemployment. But guess what? They are white. I don't dislike anyone for their skin tone. I dislike them for their actions. That's about as fair as a human can get.
So here I am. I'm a pretty, white, yuppy girl that works hard to support my husband that can't get a job because he doesn't have his green card yet. I buy my fuel wherever it's cheapest because that's all I can afford, and after a three hour commute and nine hour work day, I love a toke in the bubble bath. According to federal law, that makes me a traitor to the flag and the sponsor of criminal gangs.
Ok. Fine. I've been called worse. If all this isn't enough to convince you that our law on the matter is bullshit, then I still have this little problem.
Marijuana prohibition gives the Big Business conspiracy theorists way too much ammunition.
And that's the last thing we need. Quit giving the crazies things to foam at the mouth about, alright?