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Legal Marijuana or Bust

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
The simple truth about America's marijuana prohibition: any law that allows the easy incarceration of any citizen any time those in power want to do it is the ultimate enemy of democracy. With 800,000 annual arrests over an herb used by tens of millions of Americans, it is the cornerstone of a police state.

The newly energized movement to end prohibition in California--home to more than 10% of the nation--is one of the few healthy developments in this otherwise horrific election.

To help pass Proposition 19, go to and sign up to make phone calls in these last crucial hours.

Part of the battle has already been won. By all accounts the California campaign has thrust the issue to a new level. The terms of repeal are not perfect. But the acceptance of marijuana use has taken a giant leap forward. When joints are openly lit and smoked on national television, it's clear that sooner rather than later, this travesty will fall.

The California campaign has drawn the sides clearly. Demanding continued prohibition first and foremost are the drug dealers who profit directly. As Dan Okrent has shown in LAST CALL: THE RISE & FALL OF PROHIBITION, organized crime booms around such bans.

With them are the prison builders and operators, plus the lawyers, judges, guards and street cops who make their livings off the human agony of this endless stream of meaningless arrests. To their credit, some of these--especially cops who actually care about controlling actual crime--have come out for legalization.

Then come the alcohol and tobacco pushers who don't want the competition from a recreational substance that--like renewable energy--can be raised and controlled locally. Ditto Big Pharma, which fears marijuana as a superior anti-depressant with healing capabilities far beyond a whole multi-billlion-dollar arsenal of prescription drugs with deadly side effects. They fear an herbal medicine whose warning labels will be limited to statements like: "Caution--use of this healing herb may lead to excessive desire for chocolate cup cakes."

Ultimately it's the politicians who cling to a prohibition that enhances their power. One after the other they endorse more arrests and fiscal insanity.

Never mind that virtually every farmer in Revolutionary America--including Washington, Jefferson and Madison--raised marijuana's kissing cousin, hemp, and profited handsomely from it. Never mind that Ben Franklin made his best paper from hemp. Forget that the last three presidents of the United States and the current governor of California (among so many others) have smoked marijuana, and may still do so.

Never mind that hemp looms behind marijuana as a far greater cash crop, with huge profits to be made from ecologically superior paper, clothing, shoes, textiles, rope, sails, food, fuel and more. A core agricultural mainstay throughout human history, hemp requires no chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. A nitrogen-fixing weed, it replenishes the soil in which it grows. As the stock for cellulosic ethanol, fuel pellets and seed-based diesel oil, it is the key to a green revolution in sustainable bio-fuels. As such, hemp is legal in virtually every country on Earth except the United States.

Many believe the decentralizing economic power of hemp is the real reason its corporate industrial competitors want marijuana to stay illegal. The literature on both is deep and wide.

This ghastly 2010 mid-term election is like a horrendous death spasm for a dying empire. The cancerous flood of corporate money pouring through the process has taken the corruption of what's left of our democratic process to new post-imperial depths.

But nature always provides an healing herb that grows near a poisonous one. We work and hope for repeal in California. But we know the issue has already gone to a new level.

The accelerated corporate rape and pillage of what's left of our nation is all too evident. Sending this tool of official repression up in smoke will help mitigate the disaster.

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Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
I think its gonna be close. Its gonna depend on how many 'users' turn out to vote, assuming that the majority of 'users' vote yes.
 

G-Dog

New Member
You talk about openly lighting a joint on TV.

Many of us have jobs that would fire you for that. When that ends I will be happy.

Since Ronald Reagan declared the war on drugs we have been having our off-time monitored and up for questioning. Just arguing about the concept of urine test is reason to get one.

I applied for a job in San Francisco recently. They asked me if I would object to a background and drug screening. This is an office job, not operating dangerous machinery.
 

Monty Floyd

New Member
User, I have read several of your posts and you obviously are intelligent and articulate. I have only one criticism of this post that I would like point out; we do not live under a democratic form of government.
A minor point I know, but when talking about the law and the role of government we need to be accurate and crystal clear.
I wouldn't want the widespread misconception to spread any further.
Thank you and I'll crawl back in my hole now.
 

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
User, I have read several of your posts and you obviously are intelligent and articulate. I have only one criticism of this post that I would like point out; we do not live under a democratic form of government.
A minor point I know, but when talking about the law and the role of government we need to be accurate and crystal clear.
I wouldn't want the widespread misconception to spread any further.
Thank you and I'll crawl back in my hole now.

Thanks for the kind words, but, I don't write the articles I just post them. I don't want any credit for someone else's work.

Agreed about our form of government. We are a Republic. Big difference.

I hope your hole is warm and cozy.
 

Monty Floyd

New Member
LOL, sorry about that, chief... after posting this I found yet another article saying we are a democracy. Misconceptions like this are like "nails on a chalkboard" to me.
g'day
 

G-Dog

New Member
Well my understanding of a Republic (Rome was a republic) is that Only Certain people could run for office. In Rome, the first republic, you had to be part of what they called the Patricians, an elite class. Pompie Magnus and Mark Antony were Plebs, but because of their military conquest they were given waivers. Julius Caesar was a Patrician. It meant that he was of an elite class that founded the Republic (500 years before he was Proconsul or president). Plebs could not run for office in Rome. Plebs were the newcomers to Rome that had limited rights, yet they were Roman Citizens. St Paul from the new testament, the founder of the Catholic Religion was a Roman Citizen, yet a Pleb. Bill Clinton was the product of a single parent and Obama... Some question whether he was even born in this country.. but the point I am making is that we are a democracy and Everyone that meets minimal requirements Can run for any office in the country. Arnold Schwarzenegger does not meet those requirements because he was born in another country. He could never be president.

My two cents

By the way, I am not a big fan of American Politics, I am just well read.
 
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