Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Yes, it's that's time of year again. April 20th. Marijuana legalization supporters all over the world are toking up today. Some will attend rallies, although there are more planned for the 1st of May. Some will go to a yearly meet up spot and enjoy the group thing. Still others will lay low today due to work or other conflicts. Perhaps your dentist will go home and celebrate, or your CPA or a coworker. Almost half the country supported legalization in recent polling. If you look at those under 35, the numbers go to over half. Californians will have a chance to vote on the issue this November with legislation that would legalize marijuana for those over 21, with the sale regulated and taxed by local governments. Very exciting. :-)

Probably anyone reading this blog knows my spiel by now. Legalize it, legislate it and tax it. There are harmful drugs treated this way right now in our country, surely it can work for a plant with a longstanding positive relationship to humans. Hemp has so many uses I can't even remember them all. Not only is the constitution written on hemp paper, but several of our founding fathers were large growers of hemp.

Medicating patients with herbal essences could be an elegant way to lower health care costs. Over-reliance on pharmaceuticals and their inevitable side effects are certainly part of our rising costs for care.

Re-evaluating our habit of incarceration for non-violent drug offenders would go a long way towards reducing the prison population and those inherent costs to taxpayers.

More tax revenue never hurt any state in the union. :-)

For these reasons and more, I hope to see this prohibition end during my lifetime. Pass to the left my friends and keep on fighting the good fight.

1 comment:

Gina said...

Ooh, and hemp seeds are so god-for-you and yummy! :)