Marijuana has treated multitudes of diseases and illnesses for the last 10,000 years. In the last year, 55 million Americans used marijuana. It’s so safe that it is impossible to overdose on (and it lead to death).
In fact, research proves that pot is safer than Aspirin. So, why are some people afraid to legalize weed?
Why would this wonder drug be illegal?
Social conformity, racism and ignorance.
- No one has ever overdosed and died because of marijuana in 10,000 years.
- A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading.
- Weed slows glaucoma’s progression and can prevent blindness.
- It helps to control epileptic seizures, other epilepsy medications are horrible for you.
- It decreases anxiety in some people.
- THC slows Alzheimer’s disease progression
The History of Weed
It is shocking that the US outlawed marijuana in 1937 because of racism, yet we are still keeping it illegal? As one legislator said, “All Mexicans are crazy and this stuff [marijuana] is what makes them crazy.” they must not have heard of white crazies, like Bonnie and Clyde or Ed Gein?
On March 22, 1972, the Schafer Commission was smart enough to realize that marijuana shouldn’t be on the Schedule I list and even doubted its designation as an illicit substance.
Nixon denied their recommendations, and after all these decades, marijuana remains on the Schedule I substance list… along with HEROIN.
Has it taken this long to reassess the issue? Didn’t we realize Nixon shouldn’t be our role model for being a good, wholesome person?
The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937
The Marihuana (yes, they spelled it that way, back then)Tax Act of 1937 outlawed marijuana on a national level.
During marijuana hearings, racist officials said that weed caused “men of color” to become crazy, violent and worse yet, weed made them try to have sex with white women! I’m sure the (white, male) legislatures must have exclaimed “No! We aren’t getting laid as it is!” Sounds more like some insecurity issues, than a marijuana problem.
The government told this ridiculous tale, “A boy who had become addicted to smoking marihuana cigarettes, in a fit of frenzy because, as he stated while still under the marihuana influence, a number of people were trying to cut off his arms and legs, seized an axe and killed his father, mother, two brothers, and a sister, wiping out the entire family except himself.”
Of course, no evidence that any of the government’s statements were true.
Weed doesn’t make you go on murderous rampages. People choose to do crazy things regardless of what drug they are on.
Side-effects of Marijuana vs Legal Drugs
Weed has side-effects like laughing too much, profound thoughts and enhanced creativity.
The weed connoisseurs I’ve known have been calm, intelligent, polite and good-natured. People who smoke weed are not evil and crazy like the government wants you to believe.
Weed smokers aren’t lazy, idiots they portray on TV either.
Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft Windows) used marijuana as well and now he would lose money spending the time to pick up a $100 bill. Those 2 weed smokers are probably responsible for the device you’re reading this article on.
Abe Lincoln, (former US President) enjoyed smoking marijuana and has stated that “Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.”
Other highly successful pot smokers include :
- Michael Phelps – Champion Olympic swimmer
- Barack Obama
- The Beatles
- Maya Angelou
- Jimi Hendrix
- Bob Dylan
- George Clooney
- Sarah Silverman
- Carl Sagan
- Wiz Khalifa
- Woody Harrelson
- Hunter S. Thompson
- Dave Chappelle
and many, many others…
Marijuana – a Schedule I Drug?
The DEA included pot in the list of schedule I drugs. They say that “Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence.” They stated that these drugs have no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
Clearly, weed is not dangerous, it can’t kill anyone and it treats so many diseases. Greta Carter an entrepreneur, and founder of a chain of clinics expressed that:
“What we know is that the VA has clearly identified the benefits of marijuana on post-traumatic stress syndrome. We also know that parents who have struggled daily with children suffering from seizures and movement disorders go to extremes to relocate their families to states that will allow them access to the medicine.
We’ve heard from patients with AIDS and Cancer who find benefits from cannabis. There are studies outside of the US that actually show tumors being reduced with cannabis treatment.
I find it unconscionable that we as a country that have over 500 deaths a year to aspirin, and none to cannabis in its entire history would ever try to stand in the way of this plant being readily available to whomever might seek it.”
Don’t you think cancer sufferers, epileptics, glaucoma patients, innocent people stuck in prisons for weed is wrong?
Legalization Benefits For The Non-Smokers
You could make massive amounts of cash from this crop and help people who are suffering at the same time.
$46 billion, the illegal market constituted 87% of marijuana sales last year. Money that you (and generations after you) could easily benefit from. Unlike other products, the cannabis industry doesn’t need to create demand. It just needs to move demand for an already popular product into legal channels.
If you know anything about business you’ll know about supply and demand. Currently, we have an incredible demand for marijuana but no one is allowed to supply it. This forces people to buy weed from drug dealers on the streets. The profit gets stuffed into the drug cartel’s wallets. Furthermore, this means that our economy won’t benefit from this continuous profit. We lose big time.
Here are 5 qualities any product needs to be successful according to Entrepreneur.com:
1. It is easy to demonstrate.
2. It offers a solution to a problem many people have experienced. Pain and depression are both common issues.
DEPRESSION – Marijuana has been used to treat depression throughout history. In 1621, English clergyman Robert Burton recommended its use in his book The Anatomy of Melancholy. Doctors in India were actively using it to treat their patients’ depression.
PAIN – Zach Walsh, a professor at the University of British Columbia has stated:
“If people use cannabis as a replacement for opioid medications, or to get off of opioids or cut back, we could see some pretty dramatic public health benefits. The level of opioid overdoses is so high right now.”
3. It is easy to manufacture.
Get marijuana seeds
Throw the seeds outside (they call it “weed” for a reason, it will grow)
Wait till the plants mature
4. It’s a reasonable size.
A small bag can fit in your pocket or purse. You can slip a joint behind your ear.
5. You have a clear business plan.
- Get the weed (preferably where it’s legal)
- Tell people you have the weed
- They buy every last bud you have
Booker’s Bill to the Rescue!
August 1, 2017, Bill Booker, the former mayor of Newark, introduced a bill to reverse decades of failed drug policy that has impacted communities.
Bill has stated that “You see these marijuana arrests happening so much in our country, targeting certain communities — poor communities, minority communities — targeting people with an illness”.
“This is the single most far-reaching marijuana bill that’s ever been filed in either chamber of Congress,” Tom Angell, chairman of the group Marijuana Majority, stated “More than just getting the federal government out of the way so that states can legalize without [DEA] harassment, this new proposal goes even further by actually punishing states that have bad marijuana laws.”
“Polls increasingly show growing majority voter support for legalization,” he said. “So this is something that more senators should be signing onto right away.”
Booker’s Bill Seeks to:
- Remove weed from the list of Schedule I drugs.
- Cut federal funding for state law enforcement and prison construction if a state has too many arrests on low-income individuals and/or people of color for marijuana offenses.
- Provide for a process of expungement and re-sentencing for marijuana offenses at the federal level
- Create a “Community Reinvestment Fund” of $500 million to invest in communities most impacted by the war on drugs. This is for programs such as job training, reentry, and community centers. Part of the funding will come from the cuts to state law enforcement and prison construction.
“These marijuana arrests are targeting poor and minority communities, [and] targeting our veterans. We see the injustice of it all.”
Finally, if you ever have a chance to vote for legalizing marijuana. Go ahead and vote to legalize it (no one has to know) then enjoy the boost to the economy and maybe get yourself some cash-flow too.
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