Cannabis Scraps and The New War On Drugs

I see legalization of industrial hemp ( Cannabis Ruderalis ) has worked its way from underneath the thumb of the WOD ( War Of/On Drugs ).

What should be happening with the elimination of laws restricting hemp, is just that. Reverse all restriction to growing it and, most importantly, a Federal Register apology for including Ruderalis ( if not Cannabis as a whole ) in the expensive, destructive, and ineffective WOD.

Not only are they not admitting that for decades they had no reason to stop the American farmers from growing it, but are going to expand on the government control bureaucracy by building a system to protect us from that which we do not need protection. While we do need time spent on protecting us from the various entities that have no problem polluting our air, water, and food.

Poll after poll shows that the public has little problem making even the psychoactive variety of Cannabis legal ( Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica – POT ), the low THC version should be of no concern. Meanwhile they are spending all this time to counter laws around something that should have never been made illegal. Wasting time on addressing hemp like it’s some plant that is a danger to us all.

What I want? Reverse and otherwise nullify the laws on Ruderalis. Admit that you were incredibly wrong. Apologize for the immense harm you have done to the people of this country, especially the farmers, and move on. It is ditch weed, if people want to ingest it, let them. Tax it as you would any other farm commodity. No committees, boards, or agencies beyond what is already in place for any other agricultural commodity. While your actually making progress, raise the allowable THC in industrial hemp to at least 1%. Apologize to the rest of the world while your being honest, the United States played no small part in getting the revenue generator we know as the WOD going internationally.

Move on to eliminating the prohibition on Indica and Sativa, and let people use what they want. Despite the Shafer Commission recommendation in the early 1970’s that these substances pose no substantial threat, this demonized plant has thrown hundreds of thousands of people into our seriously broken legal system. We don’t even have to include the people that have suffered under prohibition for maladies that have been proven to be helped by Cannabis, to reach an incredible number.

Treat it like beer. You can grow it, you just have to get a license if you want to sell it, and you can’t provide it to minors. Simple.

They act as though this is some new narcotic that has been discovered in the last decade or two. That we really need to be cautious and do more research, even though we have decades and decades of excellent science to look at. Of course, they need to tax us so we know it’s a privilege, and because they can, and we will pay it. The research is done. Just because lawmakers have kept their head up .. er uh in the sand about Cannabis for 70 years doesn’t mean everybody else has. Now, they have had to pull their collectives heads out because the smell of BS is getting so strong that even they notice it. Do they apologize for lying to us for all those years ( or just plain intentional ignorance ), and just legalize it. No, they need to keep the rouse going and use our tax dollars to form panels and commissions to regulate and tax, because, well you know, this is dangerous stuff and since your forcing us to actually represent the people, we need to build a bureaucracy to steal your tax dollars and control you. Not to mention the incredible lucrative drug war, that without Cannabis, would cost a fraction of what it does now, and likely be twice as effective with regard to the drugs that actually ruin lives and kill people. Let’s talk about the hundreds of thousands that die from prescription drugs every year. But it is likely to turn into “If you can’t follow the new rules, we will need more tax dollars to track down those lawbreakers.”. Welcome back WOD.

Then there is Cannabis as medicine. A complicated program created under the guise of allowing those very sick people to use what mankind has used for 1000’s of years. We will give you some sort of access. But, in most cases, only after you have exhausted your body and your wallet on conventional drugs. ( aka protection to Big Pharma ). There is nothing compassionate about the Compassionate Use program.

Every lawmaker for the last 70 years should be ashamed that this has gone on so long. The level of pain and suffering for lack of cheap, non-toxic, and gentle medicine is atrocious. Drop your heads in shame and go find another job if you’re not willing to do this one.

If it weren’t for the people that could have their life and health improved by cannabis, I would advise people to refuse to be manipulated as another revenue source and tell our ‘leaders’ that we will take no less than complete legalization. If not, I’m sure the black market will continue to find a solution where our leaders cannot. The social costs and the blood that are results of the black market doing its thing, will be on our leaders hands. Part of nullifying the laws against Cannabis would be let all prisoners out of jail for convictions that are no longer relevant. Remove the crimes from their record and apologize.

This is so much nonsense. But we will begrudgingly accept it because we will do anything to get our scraps. Be controlled and taxed because we are too powerless to stand up and claim enough is enough.

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  1. Ran across this interesting video that makes you realize what propaganda nonsense the ‘powers that shouldn’t be’ have been drilling into us for 50 years regarding cannabis. 90 years if you go back to the start of Prohibition II. That cannabis is dangerous and has no medicinal value. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC-jnw-Nx3A . It is also a positive example of the American spirit of coming together to help people, despite the misguided group we label as leaders.

    Just to add a bit to the posts above. You suspected 🙂 . The idea that this substance belongs in Schedule I is ludicrous. Yet we buy into the nonsense year after year. Our leadership is lying and/or willfully ignorant. They are being paid or coerced into repeating this lie. What other nonsense are they peddling that we are neglecting to address? What else are they putting forward as reality that can so easily be contradicted? It becomes obvious that our leadership is neither trustworthy nor respectable. I know, some surprise. Most of us know that but don’t really want to know because there is little that we think can be done. The result is we keep electing them.

    Cannabis prohibition is the poster child for inept, dishonest, and generally unresponsive leadership in this country.

    It could be the drug money, since our government is the biggest drug dealer in the world. A title we have likely held since Vietnam. It could be that the War Of Drugs ( WOD. Yes War OF Drugs, using drugs as a weapon ) is a jobs program for law enforcement and the private prison industry. Maybe the illegal drug market brings in billions that can be used for black budget causes. Some have said the stock market would crash if we made most drugs legal because the money tenders in this country make billions in unreported/untaxed drug money. I can’t imagine big pharma not being involved considering the proven medical benefits of cannabis. Any of those entities throwing millions at politicians that promise to keep the gravy train flowing, can have a substantial effect. If you look at the cocaine trade many decades ago, our government was right there in it, using it to control groups they didn’t like. Making lots of money in the process, of course.

    I have a sneaking suspicion that international treaties may have a lot to do with why cannabis is still part of the WOD. International treaties trump federal law. So if they take cannabis out of the WOD, they would have to renegotiate treaties. Treaties that they may use to facilitate the hundreds of military bases around the globe under the guise of fighting drugs, or terror. War Of Drugs/War Of Terror, same strategy. I can imagine there are many many countries that would love to dissolve or renegotiate treaties that allowed the US to do all sorts of underhanded things in the name of the WOD.
    Just a suspicion, mind you.

    I would certainly have more pride in the state I live in, if they had the honesty and courage to call out the federal govt on the drug war lies around cannabis. Granted, a bit of the pot calling the kettle black, but it would be refreshing. I realize Texas benefits from Federal money being used to bribe us into supporting the lie, even if it was our own tax dollars. At some point we have to stand up for what is right and keep a little self respect. Yes, we may lose Federal handouts in the form of contracts and other subsidies. It’s not like we haven’t thought about being less dependent on the Federal teat. Legalize cannabis and tell the feds if they want to continue to enforce their lie based war in this state, there will be push-back. Come on Texas grow a backbone, stop propping up the lies.

    This is a continuing critique on the War Of Drugs ( Prohibition II ), started in 1934 and given an octane boost in the early 1970’s, I’m sure Nixon would be proud the charade has endured. The lawless behavior of our executive branch goes unabated by legal or ethical boundaries. Ongoing here http://midlothiantexas.net/?p=233

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