Marijuana is still a tricky subject when it comes to certain people and their beliefs. Honestly out of all 50 states in the United States of America, currently there are 26 states and the District of Columbia, that currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some kind of form. Most recently, my home state of California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all passed measures this last November legalizing recreational marijuana.
California’s Prop. 64 measure allows adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes. Other tax and licensing provisions of the law will not take effect until January 2018, depending on the city ordinances and county regulations. The push to keep Marijuana out of San Diego Ca, has been particularly hard for council members and city officials who don’t want it–including Sheriff Bill Gore.
A lot of legislatures in states recently passing legalization measures are debating the regulatory measures on the use, and sale of Marijuana. Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing bills that would lower the amount residents can legally possess and place restrictions on sales in retail stores.
A number of states have also decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Advocates have begun pushing for the legal legislation of Marijuana across all 50 US states, and territories worldwide in order to bring about a more natural reform. The idea that Marijuana is a medicine, not a nuisance to the general public has always been a debate on both sides.
Advocates for legalizing Marijuana have proven with medical studies that cancer patients, those suffering from PTSD, Parkinson’s Disease, and Epilepsy have seen a increase in their functionality and conditions after taking one hit of pure Medical Marijuana. The other side of the debate shows religious representatives, as well as law enforcement stating that Marijuana causes more harm than good. Operating vehicles, machinery, and walking about society under the influence can impair someone’s judgement, reaction time, and motor skills. But then again, Alcohol does the exact same thing; but we have legislature in place for this. Why not marijuana?
The answer is simple: It can’t be Taxed, controlled, generically manufactured, or tracked(contained) by the federal govt. Simply put, if someone plants a seed, grows a marijuana plant, and gifts some of it to a cancer patient free of charge; they’re looked at as a natural healer. The govt. would impose a 20-30% tax or more upon the medicinal benefits, and outlaw its privatized growth just as they’ve done with Tobacco.
As a medicine, Marijuana cannot be controlled because it’s not man made. A simple shift of the wind can carry pollen and seeds to all the corners of the world and create a new strain in a blink of an eye. Bee keepers have found a way to make honey from it, and we also have THC treatments for animals now. Topical treatments for Arthritis, inflamed skin, and joint pain have all been developed for public use. These basic formulas created by everyday holistic healers have been around for years, untouched by the laws of men.
The United States govt. cannot regulate something as free as knowledge and understanding when it comes to marijuana. Drug dealers may be wrong for what they’re doing, but we can already see them going out of style in favor of a free option–gifting it to each other with no monetary necessity. We can see clearly how big brothers hands will never be able to get their hands into the pot, especially when it’s infinite and deep like someone’s reach to get help.
In some people’s eyes the govt. is wrong, and the same is said of the citizens who enjoy marijuana’s natural benefits. Politics on both sides will never quiet their crusade to shut it down, or keep it around. The difference? We are the difference. Sharing your knowledge with everyone who wants to be enlightened is the first step. Just as Luke Skywalker chose his destiny when he decided not to align with the Sith.
He knew the galaxy needed hope and freedom, but he had to do it his way, in his own time. The same way we’ll see the US legalize Marijuana across all 50 states as they did gay marriage. They’ll do what’s right, even if it takes a little longer than normal.
Lastly, as a former non believer who thought marijuana was illicit and immoral, I changed my ways once I realized it’s benefits for my stress, anxiety, and the bond it helped me form with friends. It sparks creativity, imagination, curiosity and above all love, friendship and peace.
If enemies could share a joint and find common ground, why should be let the federal govt. take away a gift that god gave us to share with each other? We shouldn’t, and it’s our right as human beings to be able to enjoy the freedom our ancestors fought so hard for nearly 300 years ago.