I wanted to take some time today to discuss briefly Barack Obama's stance on Medical Cannabis, and the harm it brings to each of us as cannabis patients and businesses.
The official policy of the Obama Administration is that cannabis holds "No known medical value," putting him strikingly in line with a long line of prohibitionist politicians we all know and most of us likely despise for their part in the Drug War.
I, for one, am mortified by this stance. Having voted for Obama, believing that he was serving my best interests at the time, I can tell you now that I have come to feel he is just another politician of the same stripe as the rest--instead of oil companies he gives our money to banks and other special interest groups.
Barack Obama distinctly considers you and your medical condition as qualifications for criminality. I CANNOT AND WILL NOT VOTE FOR THAT KIND OF IGNORANCE. Barack Obama cannot remain in office without Carrying Colorado and California--PERIOD. You should not vote for someone who has no respect for you as a sick or in pain person, a consenting adult who chooses to go with medical options outside of the sphere of the Pharmaceutical Lobby. Medical options that are now well supported with unbiased data.
I know what you're thinking here: "But Obama's policy of not pursuing those acting within accordance of state laws regarding medical cannabis has helped the industry to come above ground." While there is some truth to this, I have several problems with this assertion:
The DEA does still raid and detain medical marijuana businesses in both Colorado and California all the time, and many of these businesses are in fact working within accordance of state laws, putting these raids in direct conflict with the administrations' half-hearted wishes. Were they serious about extending these protections to the States, they would reschedule Cannabis.
The Obama Administration's current stance that cannabis has no medicinal value, combined with their support of keeping it as a schedule ! controlled substance, are very harmful to medicinal cannabis and even more so to patients. As long as cannabis continues to be scheduled as a class 1 substance, research on cannabis here in the United States is SEVERELY restricted and in many cases outright banned.
Less research means less care for sick people, equals the furthering of marijuana prohibition and the suppression of evidence that contradicts the ridiculous stance prohibitionists take.
That's why I implore all of you who aren't interested in voting for a Conservative maniac for president but also don't want to vote for a hypocritical puppet like Obama who thinks you are a criminal for being sick, to explore other options in 2012--specifically Libertarian options. I'm very interested in supporting guys like Ron Paul (and you might take some time to read up on his policies), but the point here isn't to promote one candidate in particular--it's to be sure you understand that voting for the status quo of politicians means voting against yourself again and again and again.
Colorado was the birth place of the Libertarian Party and has a long tradition of preferring self governance / personal accountability to government meddling, and I think you'll find that many Libertarian views are extremely in line with the needs of cannabis patients and users. That's all assuming you're tired of being crapped on by politicians who don't give a damn about you--I certainly am.
NObama in 2012 without severe policy change regarding cannabis--if you'll persecute the sick, you'll persecute anyone!!! I think it's time we just got all incumbents out--period. Washington's corporate whore culture is hard enough to swallow at the national level--when they start to interfere with our state's affairs, I'm not even willing to take a bite.
While I understand the concern, this is another ridiculous example of Cannabis businesses being treated to a double standard. Their argument is that indoor cultivation operations produce a lot of greenhouse gasses. Duh! While this is true, here's the problem with their arguement: Nearly every large warehouse owned by a business anywhere in this state or this country, and that includes Boulder, is likely lit with HID (High Intensity Discharge) lights, the exact same lights used to cultivate cannabis indoors. In many cases these large warehouse are using many times the amount of lights it takes to run an indoor grow--some warehouses, and some walmarts, literally line the ceiling with these things.
And yet this regulation would not apply to those businesses, only to Cannabis businesses. So here's what I have to say to all you Boulder progressives with your bullshit, inconsistent ideals (that always seem to kill your causes): shut your mouth, get a sense of equality (since you spend so much time bitching about it) and stop persecuting cannabis businesses.
Meeting the standard would be fairly easy, costing $50 a month, at most. But that's not the point: it's a $50 not being pushed onto the books of other businesses who are causing the exact same amount of emissions.
Cannabis businesses will go green when everyone else does (many have already chosen to do so on their own anyway)--adding another cost to their list of bills is unacceptable, naive, totalitarian, and wrong. The idea that ANY business should be held to different standards from the next is completely Un-American.
Stop trying to single out cannabis-related businesses simply because you know that the status-quo still allows this inequality to permeate unchecked. It's as wrong as forcing African Americans to sit in the back of a bus was--it promotes divisiveness and inequality, in direct opposition to the Constitution of the United States of America, as well as the Colorado State Constitution, as well as every single citizen's sense of freedom.
Shame on the Boulder City Council--more ridiculous Liberal Government interference from Socialist pricks........ That's why I am voting Libertarian in the next election-because Democrats are as big of scum as Republicans.
Have you ever noticed that there is one segment of society that habitually tries to manipulate and control the others? Our money-first culture has taught people that control equates to dollars, and so control they must.
Whether it be churches, politicians, or buerocrats, there is never a shortage of people looking to use whatever power they have to create wealth. These people always use morals as a pulpit to spread misunderstanding, hate, and divisiveness--they are concerned with one thing, and whether it comes in a collection plate or a campaign contribution, they will do just about anything to get it.
Drug prohibition is officially a $1 trillion dollar industry in the United States. Think about that: one trillion dollars spent on the drug war, with little to no effect on the market at large (in fact by most counts drug use is on the rise to this day, sizures are up, but so is availability).
Many of our prisons are now privatized, and they trade their stock based on the amount of people they incarcerate--if that's not incentive to arrest marijuana users and keep marijuana illegal, I don't know what is. We've built an entire infra-structure based on targeting marijuana smokers in particular, incarcerating them, destroying their lives, stripping society of that individual's value, and splitting their family. Many of these people are among the most productive citizens we have--99% of the art and music you enjoy was most likely created by people who smoke marijuana or at least did at some point in their life--if pot is so bad, stop enjoying all the things it has inspired in this world.
Humans have been using marijuana for over 8,000 years now--it's only been prohibited for about 90-- I think that is an astoundingly clear demonstration that marijuana does not disrupt or destroy societies.
And that's really the problem: People who serve money don't like to be reminded that there are others out there with separate priorities from that--priorities like fun, fellowship, stewardship, art. And so they set out in any way they can to destroy this other segment of society. Marijuana is the biggest casualty of this concept in the 20th and now 21st century.
The very reason it was outlawed to begin with here in America was highly based on racism and misinformation--turns out white people weren't interested in having Latino immigrants in their communities in the early 20th century--Latinos brought with them their culture, and also marijuana smoking, when they arrived in America. In order to stop this "cultural invasion" marijuana prohibition was created and used as a tool to arrest these men. It was demonized and criminalized-- then the self serving elements of our society literally had to find a way to subvert the constitution of the United States to outlaw it, which has permanently altered the rights of all free people in this world.
In the 1960's prohibition of marijuana was again used as a tool to combat a perceived cultural invasion. When government discovered that there was a link between people against the Vietnam war and marijuana smoking, prohibition became the strongest tool they could find to incarcerate, separate, and conquer those who had priorities other than warfare and money.
And today we see it again here in Colorado. Law Enforcement who are protecting their prohibition funding are dead set on treating medical marijuana patients like criminals. Paranoid freaks like Chris Romer were happy to oblige them in getting their piece of this pie (no telling how much his pockets were lined and by whom, I suspect it was big name California Dispenaries and hateful conservative greed heads here in Colorado greasing his palm). What we ended up with was a bill that is another in a long line of attempts to subvert a region's Constitution (and thus the wishes of the people) by greedy shit heads who intend to make money off probhibition and control.
I am appalled by some of the statements these people make: Chris Romer openly touts that his bill is designed to kill legitimate businesses--if a politician made statements like that about banks (who are robbed at 10 times the rate of dispensaries here in Colorado) I can guarantee you the greed heads would have a barbecue using his vital organs as the main dish. This double standard for medical marijuana businesses, who are sanctioned by the state constitution, is ridiculous. Tobacco plants are grown across this country by the millions, and in plain view, despite the millions of lives they take from our society each year. How's that for consistent values and Freedom?
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