“Marijuana finally legalized,” is the headline that should be appearing on the front page of newspapers across the country instead of, “The biggest bust in the county,” or “$100K seized in pot bust.” One of the most diversely useful plants on the planet has been co-opted by governments to make money. That’s the simple explanation. Its one more lesson in control when free beings can be told how to self medicate by a power that is out mostly for its own good and often to the detriment of its citizens. How we have allowed a small group of individuals, police, lawyers, judges, correctional facilities and drug dealers to monopolize the benefits of this extremely valuable plant through prohibition is hard to understand.
No government should be able to regulate what plants the citizens of the planet use. All the plants on the planet were put here by a Creator, I assume, for the good of humanity, not for the good of a small group of small-minded people with power and who can decide to make the use of the plant illegal to benefit themselves, not because it’s harmful, but because they can and there’s money in it.
In the United States, drug arrests have tripled in the last 25 years, however most of these arrests have been for simple possession of low-level drugs. In 2005, nearly 43% of all drug arrests were for marijuana offenses. Marijuana possession arrests accounted for 79% of the growth in drug arrests in the 1990s. Nearly a half million people are in state or federal prisons or a local jail for a drug offense, compared to 41,000 in 1980. Most of these people have no history of violence or high-level drug selling activity. With over 5 million people on probation or parole in the United States, drug use on parole or probation has become the primary basis by which thousands of people are returned to prison. These technical violations of parole or probation account for as many as 40% of new prison admissions in some jurisdictions. Incarceration is profitable.
So follow the money trail once again. The Powers That Be (PTB), as usual, take the low road and go for the money, not realizing they’re stepping over a dollar to pick up a dime as the hemp plant is one of the most useful and profitable plants on the planet and can be far more lucrative from its marketing than its prohibition.
So who’s keeping this wondrous plant illegal? The people who really don’t want to see it legalized is first, that core group we mentioned before; police, lawyers, judges, correctional facility operators and, of course, pot marketers. But after that, the list of opponents gets lengthy and diverse, once again, because of the money. Competition often means “loss of business” and nobody likes that.
Marijuana for medicinal use as a pain manager and a natural pharmaceutical would seriously tap into the profits of the pharmaceutical companies like Merck & Co, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Bayer, Bristol Myers and Squib who dispense opiates and pain killers like candy. It already has tapped into their markets. But don’t get caught with a little ball of black opium in your pocket; that could cost you years of incarceration.
There’s a huge amount of opposition from the liquor and tobacco industries who are hesitant to share the profits from relieving some of the suffering of the masses with their products. Phillip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard, prefer citizens smoke their product like Jim Beam, Gallo, Jack Daniels, Bacardi and Smirnoff, who have had the captivation of the inebriation market for years.
Then there’s big oil. Biomass fuel from hemp could eventually compete with Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, but by then, they would own the fields and manufacturing plants that process it. These companies will always own the energy on the planet no matter what form it takes.
Industrial hemp is absolutely useless as a drug and yet it maintains its status of illegality. The entire fabric industry would be seriously challenged by hemp fiber as it is a durable, natural fabric that has a plethora of uses. It can compete with the synthetic fiber companies like, the Celanese Corporation, Chevron Phillips Chemical, DuPont and Monsanto. Hemp fiber is durable and is a natural breathing fiber that is healthier for the human organism. Besides who wants to wear oil? Better than cotton, hemp has an antifungal quality that requires no herbicides, fungicides or insecticides for a cleaner environment. Of course, no chemicals would tap into the profits of the poisonous chemical makers like Dow Chemical, DuPont and Monsanto.
Hemp makes fantastic clothing, like shirts, pants, socks, jackets, shoes, blankets, furniture upholstering, tents and of course, hemp rope, which was an important part of the early shipping industry that connected the world together. During the Civil War, a hemp shirt cost $1 and a cotton shirt cost $50. Today, those figures are reversed. Hemp would be stiff competition for Ralph Lauren and Oxford but they would soon jump in and add hemp to their clothing lines.
So who else doesn’t want marijuana legalized? The paper industry would take a hit. The first Bible and The Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper. International Paper, Weyerhaeuser and Georgia-Pacific would be affected with hemp entering the market until they began to plant their own hemp fields and build processing plants. The hemp paper making process is much cleaner than the polluting affects of the paper industry. Marijuana can be used for lumber, chipboard, bricks and even plastic, which may be the plants most lucrative value.
Companies that process oils for the skin, shampoos, soap, deodorant and conditioners, dressings and cooking oils would lose some business to the new oil on the block until they began processing it themselves. Most of the companies mentioned probably have the wherewithal to eventually realize new ways to use the plant for their financial benefit, but they’re just uncomfortable with change and may be buying in to the myths about the plant. The opportunities for new businesses would be overwhelming.
And let’s not forget, of course, the drug merchants who risk prison for profits, for the money and the outlaw way of life. Smuggling has been around as long as drugs have been illegal; they kind of go hand-in-hand.
So how does this wondrous plant become illegal? The real push for its banning came from the DuPont Corporation back in the ‘30’s who was afraid that the fiber would compete with its new synthetic fibers. But then, some powerful people realized that there was money to be had in prohibition.
So who keeps voting for prohibition? Uninformed folks still believe that marijuana became illegal because it was harmful to humans but that has yet to be proven in the church of science. Established science has yet to prove a negative health issue related to marijuana. In fact, there is surprisingly little research or long –term studies on the chemical and medicinal properties. Marijuana’s medicinal value has been recognized worldwide for thousands of years. It possesses the optimum ratio of omega fatty acids, high in protein and possesses healing properties.
But more people are asking how and why the PTB has been able to co-opt this useful, multifaceted plant and make it illegal so they can acquire all the benefits from its prohibition. For years now we’ve heard about the “War on Drugs.” The truth of the matter is that war never solves anything and war on anything has never been beneficial or successful. The list of failures includes: the War on Poverty, the War on Cancer, the War on Guns and the War on Terrorism.
So who doesn’t want us to have it? Once again, a small group of individuals that would be the 545, including the, House of Representatives (435), Senate (100), 9 Supreme Court Justices and the president “make” the laws and often think they know what’s best for 350M people. Voters aren’t allowed to vote for a law anyway, only for a person. That can hardly be considered “Democracy.” Yet the laws just keep on coming, like an endless stream of paperwork, because politicians are lawyers and laws mean more business. Political offices used to be occupied by businessmen, educators, investors, developers and professionals from varied fields.
And to complicate the issue further, there is something called “Policing For Profit” or civil asset forfeiture. That practice allows police to take people’s cash or property without charging them with a crime. Is this the old west? Police vigilantes are directed to go out and get money, houses, vehicles, boats, computers, photography equipment, guns, especially guns, or anything else of significant value if there’s even a modicum of pot. (HB 1078 “anti policing for profit” bill) It’s highway robbery. Taking someone’s property, no matter how they acquired it, is stealing. Are police becoming like Vikings, plundering and confiscating the spoils of war? “I seize everything that I am legal to seize, the more we seize the less we have to buy, I have no problem with seizing their property. I let them support us for a little while,” echoed one law enforcement official.
But the plant does not need to prove itself. It’s time for the government to prove that it’s harmful or forget all the propaganda. It’s legalized in 18 states for medicinal purposes, two states for general use and one state has it on the books to vote on its industrial value. In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times they are a changing.”
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