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.