Why do the feds refuse to let us have our marijuana?
Whether or not you partake, especially if you do not, it’s an important question to ask.
Here’s a better question: Why is our federal government afraid to let us have legal marijuana?
Answer that and the American War on Weed starts to make a little more sense.
Now before you dismiss that question or this article as the conspiratorial rantings of a burned-out pothead fighting to legalize his fix, please hear me out. Any American who believes that the pursuit of happiness is a constitutional right needs to pay attention to the marijuana battle that’s going on in this country right now. Even if you’ve never smoked up in your whole life (who ARE you?), the fact that your government tells you that you are not allowed to plant or burn or inhale a naturally growing weed should raise a million red flags for you.
This is so much more devious than alcohol prohibition.
‘Marihuana’ was originally demonized and made illegal in the early 1900’s as a way to battle the influx of Mexicans coming to America after their revolution. Get this – it gave cops an excuse to search, detain, and deport these so-called ‘disruptive’ immigrants.
Then Nixon made it a schedule one drug for basically the same reason – to make it possible for cops to search, detain, and incarcerate the 70’s hippies who dared to protest his precious Vietnam War.
Are you seeing the pattern here?
By making marijuana legal, we’re taking away one of the primary search and detain tools that the cops have been using to target certain citizens for almost a century. No wonder they’re still fighting legalization tooth and nail – if pot’s legal, they can’t use it to get further into our business.
It’s the stank.
Decent marijuana really stinks, like a skunk they say, before and after you burn it, so it’s far easier to detect on a person than an expired registration or an outstanding warrant. If a police officer wants to get in your business, smelling (or claiming to smell) marijuana on you or in your vehicle is the perfectly legal way to go about it. Then it’s a lot easier to determine if you’re up to anything even more devious.
Now states want to make it legal to possess pot and thereby eliminate this important busting tool of theirs?
The Feds just say NO.
Some of you still aren’t convinced – screw those druggies, serves them right for needing a substance.
Okay, how about this.
You know what else smells distinctly strong and is easily detectable.
Plus, technically caffeine is a drug, so picture if the Feds decided to make a war on coffee. The media starts painting a picture of the shaky, desperate Java-Heads who will do anything to get their fix. You walk into a meeting smelling like ‘the beans’ and everyone gives you the ‘poor thing needs drugs to cope with life’ look.
No more Starbucks.
Now you gotta get your caffeine fix for quadruple the price off the black market. Boil it in your bathroom so the neighbors can’t smell your heavy brew. You’d have to keep your travel mug hidden, but that won’t prevent the cops from spotting you.
“I pulled you over because you appear to be extra alert. You mind if we search your vehicle?”
Now the cops are in your business.
Why is that scenario any sillier or less acceptable than making a backyard weed illegal?
Forget that using marijuana has never caused an overdose or a death. Forget that cannabis has proven medicinal benefits. Forget that hemp could eliminate the need for paper AND plastic. Forget that, unlike with drinking alcohol, smoking pot expands your consciousness. Forget that twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia already have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form.
These arguments fall on deaf ears when you begin to realize the REAL reason marijuana is still against Federal law: it’s a fantastic excuse to search and detain anyone they don’t like, and they do not want to lose that.
Talk about the stank.
If you’re an American who believes in the right of our citizens to pursue life, liberty, and happiness free of unwarranted interference, then this Federal war on weed should make you furious, or at the very least arouse your suspicions, because it’s an unacceptable war on your freedom.
So (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Mass, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota) it’s time you vote in November to end this war, so the rest of us may follow.
- Mike Lukas
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