On November 2nd California will vote on Proposition 19, which could legalize marijuana in that state. Not just for medical use, but recreational, same as tobacco and alcohol. It’s about damn time! The real question is: Why isn’t it legal already?
I’ll tell you why. The answers may surprise you.
There are several organizations that do not want to see it legal and have fought tooth and nail to keep it that way. Who are these organizations?
1. Tobacco industry. They flat out do not want the competition. The Death Merchants hate the idea of a less lethal product cutting in on their profit margin. And make no mistake; tobacco is far more dangerous than pot.
2. Alcohol industry. Same as tobacco they don’t want the competition. Why do you think it is illegal to have a still? And booze does more damage to the body than pot. I am not saying marijuana doesn’t have its own pitfalls, but booze manufacturers are in no position to throw stones.
3. Police. Believe it. Confiscations from drug busts are a billion dollar industry. Not the drugs which have to be destroyed (or so they tell us), but the homes, cars and other property grabbed up as assets to the crime. Not to mention the cash. Lots and lots of cash.
4. Organized crime. Now this should not be surprising. Like bootleggers back in the 20’s during Prohibition, they make BILLIONS every year…as long as it is illegal. Better believe they want to keep it that way.
5. Cotton industry. Surprised? Don’t be. The same laws that keep the evil weed illegal also prohibit the growing and sales of hemp on American soil, even though George Washington, our first President, grew it. Hemp makes stronger, more durable fabric than cotton.
6. Pesticide industry. Yup! Why? Because cotton needs pesticides to keep the boll weevils from destroying the crops, hemp doesn’t. If cotton goes down, so does a lot of the pesticide industry.
Now, I want you to take notice that none of the above six give a rat’s ass about the effects of marijuana or its impact on your health. It is strictly about their bottom line. They fought to keep it from being legalized medicinally as that is a stepping stone to what California is trying to do. That brings us to:
7. Pharmaceutical industry. They are actually concerned about your health, and they want to be the only caretakers of it…for a price. They want to sell you their medications and unguents and bill you or your HMO. What they do NOT want to see is you growing your own medicinal aids in your backyard. Pot helps with appetite, pain management and other things normally addressed by costly pharmaceuticals. And with fewer side effects if the warning labels on prescription drugs are true. It was a huge victory just to get pot classed as medicinal! Don’t be surprised if you see it packaged like cigarettes and sold in a pharmacy before long.
There you have it, the evil seven that want to put their own interests above your health and personal freedoms. Personally, I don’t like smoking weed, or anything else, for that matter. I don’t have the lungs for it. Nor do I advocate the recreational use of marijuana. But, like alcohol or tobacco, the choice should be up to the individual what they put into their bodies, not the government. Legalize it, tax it, and apply the same regulations to pot that we have on booze and cigarettes. Adults should be trusted to behave like adults until they prove otherwise.