Y B NORML?
As I prepare for the six hour drive to Sierra Vista to give a speech to the quarterly state wide convention of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), I know so many of you wish I wasn’t including cannabis reform in my platform. Educational travesties, immigration outrages, reproductive rights, foreign policy inhumanities, there are SO many other issues to choose from, so many crises needing triage.
I know that is true, but we must bloom where we are planted, act on the issues at hand & I am a medical marijuana patient, so I have learned a bit about the issue on a very personal level. The issue of cannabis reform encompasses so many other issues solving Cannabis Legalization is solving one of the greatest tragedies of our times. The issue hides well in the shadows but the true number of Americans targeted in the War on Drugs who battle over cannabis is measured in the tens of millions, with eight hundred thousand falling each year, lives destroyed by an arrest for cannabis possession, reputations ruined, property seized, careers destroyed, suffering patients denied comfort & cure. Cannabis prohibition does not make our country safer or happier. It empowers criminals and prison keepers, both of whom makes money off of enslaving the common man. It turns the common citizen into an outlaw fearful and distrust of their government. For medical justice, social justice, and economic justice, America is ready to move into the 21st century and face cannabis reform, admit our government has a “War on Drugs” problem and begin to heal these 76 years of injustice since cannabis, a medicine used internationally for thousands of years, was made illegal. Every step we take towards ending the madness, establishing structures for taxation and regulation, and encouraging the business development and scientific innovation cannabis offers.
This is why I have been working with LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) for nearly a year to connect citizens to activists and activists to legislators to get revisions in state Medical Marijuana laws. This is why I have independently taken the issue directly to the statehouse for talks with state representatives to help the public’s voice be heard. This is why I am heading to Sierra Vista and why I hope we will all be a little more NORML in the future. Please help me further this fight.
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