Oh how surprising. More conservative folks on the right struggling desperately to uphold their fantasies of the past.
So let’s look at some facts, shall we.
First off- this in relation to two states- Colorado and Washington. Two states where the people overwhelmingly voted to legalize marijuana.
Two states who were also among a total of 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have previously legalized medical use of marijuana in defiance of federal prohibition.
In a country where an overwhelming majority of americans believe medicinal marijuana should be legal. And a slim majority believe marijuana should be legal period.
And of course- the very fedral prohibition of cannabis as a Schedule I drug violates the governments own laws and regulations.
First off- when marijuana was made Schedule I under the Nixon administration they started the process of violating their own laws. It was meant to be a temporary, “emergency” scheduling while a scientific panel reviewed things. Yet when they came back with the decision that it should be decriminalized the government refused to respond.
Furthermore, by placing cannabis in Schedule I they violate the very rules in place for scheduling of substances. Schedule I is reserved for the most dangerous drugs- those with a high risk of addiction and no known medicinal use. Both of which are well known not to be relevant to marijuana.
And of course to further aggravate the matter the DEA and NIDA have conspired to not only have a monopoly on the supply of marijuana for research, but to block any research on the beneficial aspects of cannabis, and indeed, to generally prohibit any research not intended to try and show harms.
And further muddying the waters has been the quality of cannabis the federal government supplies to researchers. A mixture of stems, shade leaves, and flowers. Dried to a crisp. Overly harsh and containing the material which is discarded before smoking because of exactly the reason they include it- because it is the most harmful parts of the plant to smoke. Which is in no way representative of the cannabis smoked by those in states where medical marijuana is legal.
And of course- let us not forget that not only does the federal government hold patents on some medicinal aspects of marijuana, they themselves have for decades supplied a small number of patients with medicinal marijuana.
And of course, despite being republicans…conservatives, proud defenders of the constitution, they insist the states don’t have a right in this matter. And yet oddly I can find nothing in our constitution giving the federal government supremacy in such a matter. Indeed- it would seem our hallowed Decleration of Independence insures the rights of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness“. Something this failed drug war takes from millions of americans every year.
So of course, in their minds we must continue spending Billions of state and federal dollars enforcing a failed drug war. Against the wishes of the people. In relation to a substance far safer then alcohol or tobacco.
So according to them we must contine to ruin millions of lives every year. With arrest records that follow the person their entire life- interfering with the prospect of jobs, housing, loans, student loans. Arrests that tear families apart. That criminalizes millions of americans for choosing a substance safer then the approved and condoned alcohol and tobacco.