History in the Making
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This week is an important time in United States, we are witnessing history in the making with the inauguration of our next President of the United States. Yesterday, we celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. His legacy will continue to shape our lives for generations to come. As an individual and an activist for cannabis, I aspire to learn from his life and teachings. Still, we live in a time where equality is not seen by everyone and the government has not stopped its cannabis persecutions.
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman said. The war on drugs was created and was heavily instituted in order to disrupt the actions of those that demanded change from the government. Since freedom of speech is a protected right, government interaction was not warranted. Since the hippie and black communities were associated with drugs, the war on drugs was created to silence those citizens standing up for change. “You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said.
The war on drugs has ruined so many lives ever since the Nixon era. While I understand the public health and safety concerns of drug use, I don’t agree with the assessment that cannabis should be included. Instead of locking up people, who need help, into the prison systems, we should educate and help individuals medically. Current policy is continuously harming our society.
Cannabis under President Trump
President-elect Trump is days away from being officially sworn in and we honestly do not know what the future holds. We need to be heard, cannabis is not a danger to society. It is a medicine and so much more. I look forward to seeing this inauguration. I hope that our next president learns from the Obama administration and continues the path toward legalization. If not to correct previous political errors or for public health, than fine, do it for the economy. We need an impactful change to stimulate the country. Hopefully a cannabis/hemp industry can assist in generating new taxes, jobs, and alternative medicine. While taking a few pulls off a joint is fun, everyone laughs and no one ever dies, there are other people like myself that have found medical aid in cannabis.
I, for one, will not stop spreading the word that cannabis has given me the life I want and desire. Pills were not the answer and neither was alcohol, both of which are legal. I too, at one point in my life was a naysayer, I felt cannabis was not for me. Being in the military, I did not see the benefits of cannabis. My closed-minded behavior caused me to take health risks that I still live with today. We should all strive to continue to learn from past mistakes, the war on cannabis is one for me!
At Least, it’s going to fun to see all the cannabis smoke billowing up 4 minutes and 20 second into President Trump’s inauguration. I plan to roll a nice fat joint, kick up my feet and smoke with everyone in Washington DC! 2017 is going to be an interesting year for the United States and the world. Let’s keep the legalization movement going until all 50 states are allowed to live in the clouds.
Lots of love,