Hello Everyone! I agree this is the time to all pull together for the common cause and not to exclude anyone by partisan or religious exclusion rhetoric. I for one would of voted for Bernie just on his stand for legalization alone and I do not care much for his party or other politics! I am pretty much Independent and can be quite conservative on moral issues and I am a Christian believer, and make no apologies. I also have been using Pot for almost 50 years! I do not much care for the republican party or the democrats, I don't let the major media outlets drive my opinions and I also support the blue collar working class with socialist ideas, within the framework of the constitution! I am not alone! Several millions at the least, share at least some of these ideas in common and legalization needs us all! I personally know of many associates, friends and neighbors who support legalization , especially for MMJ, and total legalization that are republicans (at least tend to vote that way), devoted church goers and morally conservative. I also know many democrats who think pot is dangerous and should be controlled closely, at the least! Just like we should not exclude any race, national origin, or sex in our struggle, we need people of all backgrounds, religions, and yes, even party affiliations! We should strive to be inclusive with our rhetoric and not let our personal prejudices or partisan politics turn away supporters from our goal. When I was young I had strong opinions and fierce support for them, but later I became aware of how that made me more like my enemies, and learned to temper my ideas with reason and openness to others ideas. I wish that now we can vote for change of repressive and punitive prohibitions of the past, exchanging them for those that are more reflective of the ideas of our early forefathers and not that of the later/current control freaks! Let me remind everyone that the progressives of the early part of the twentieth century led the way and were joined by the conservatives in instituting prohibitions on drugs and alcohol and that trend has continued with Cannabis until today, with now only that the lead has become the conservatives, for keeping it in place! No major support for change has come from any political party, in regards to Cannabis, on the national level until very recently and that has been feeble , very much the minority and halfhearted for the most part! Politicians have seemed to be in their profession for the money, power, and prestige before any noble loyalty or zeal for a controversial repeal of drug laws! No president living has done a thing to promote legalization or even to reducing the classification of Cannabis within the DEA. We need to stand united as freedom fighters for our cause ,Legalization of Cannabis and leave the partisan politics, religious remarks and bigotry out of our platform! It is perfectly acceptable, to reasonable people , to state facts about an individual politicians stand on the issue , just don't make it stridently partisan, realizing that many of his own party see's it differently. Same for the religious aspect. Let us join together for our common cause and speak out about our support for ending prohibition, together! Be a team , not a mob! Peace and Love!eace2:Brother, I think at this point the genie is no where near out of the bottle enough. 4 states and 1 district legalizing like tobacco and alcohol is no where near enough when there are 46 other states left to go. Plus, Cannabis hasn't been rescheduled below class 1 either, which may be the most important step we need here, it is this very large piece of the puzzle that we need to put in place before it's to the point of no turning back. It's a very delicate situation we have in front of us and we need all hands on deck to get it to all come together.
this is precisely why you always see me stressing so much and with such passion that people have got to start getting active in this fight, we can loose everything in just a matter of a few votes and laws written and then we'll be right back to square one again. I am convinced that we are certainly not out of the woods yet and I implore people to quit counting their chickens before they hatch!