Saturday, April 2, 2011

Reefer Madness

Both my enjoyment of life, and creativity, have been enhanced by smoking cannabis since 1971. Up until 1937 it was legal  and widely cultivated in the "Land of the Free", was in the U.S. Pharmacopeia, plus was grown and enjoyed by Founding Fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin (and we all know they were lazy, dangerous drug crazies, right?).  MANY MILLIONS of Americans have had their lives ravaged NOT by cannabis, but by the senseless draconian laws against it, with an American arrested for it every 37 seconds. It has been a part of human culture for many thousands of years as a mind enhancer and source of fiber, paper, oil, and medicine. Yet any American who enjoys its simple pleasures faces prison and fines and confiscation of their home and property. Let's contrast that to the following:

Despite their siezing power via two tampered-with elections, George Bush and Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and the rest of their cabal, and subsequently launching TWO illegal immoral wars, violating the U.S. Constitution, the UN Charter, The Geneva Conventions plus standards of common human decency, who also took record U.S. budget surpluses and via tax cuts for their already-wealthy constituents (Bush called them "the haves and have mores" the night he joked about no WMDS as thousands died in Iraq) and turned them into record breaking deficits, savaging our Constitution repeatedly with illegal wiretaps and the sickenly named "Patriot Act", and more......despite all these crimes whose scope boggles the mind, they get taxpayer-funded pensions that dwarf most Americans' annual pay, health care and no prospect of time in court, much less the jail cells  and water boardings they so richly deserve.

But an American can be thrown in jail for growing or smoking a medicinal plant cultivated by The Founding Fathers. As George Carlin would have said....."This is fucked up". And as The Beatles said in 'Revolution'...."Don't you know you can count me out".

Time to RE-legalize cannabis...NOW. And massive civil disobedience on the matter in the manner of the people of Egypt could be a powerful catalyst to that end. It's a plant that can be very good for the body and mind. How dare genuine criminals of the highest order who have the raw audacity to call us their "fellow Americans" get away with mass murder and war crimes, deny us the simple safe pleasures of cannabis?

THAT is the only madness regarding reefer!    John

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