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Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana is usually used for pain control. While marijuana isn’t strong enough for severe pain (e.g. after surgery), it is quite effective for the chronic pain that plagues millions of Americans, especially as they get older.

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Marijuana Mexican Style
On June 19th, 2017, Mexico legalized medical marijuana. Legalization in the U.S. has had a huge impact on the public perception of cannabis in Mexico.

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Legalize Pot Federally
Legalizing medical marijuana at the federal level would end the question of state vs. federal law. It would end raids on the dispensaries. It would allow people on Social Security Disability to have a card without fear of losing benefits. It could create jobs and generate revenue.

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Institute of Medicine concluded that cannabis is a safe and effective medicine

A Brief History of Marijuana in the U.S.

The history of marijuana use and laws in the United States are fairly-well documented and available in different versions on countless websites. A very brief recounting follows below for convenience.

El Factor Mexicano
Following the Mexican Revolution that began in 1910, and again following the Cristero War that began in 1926 (a protest against a series of laws restricting the public role of the Catholic Church), new waves of immigrants entered the U.S. from Mexico to escape the violence and economic upheaval. Some of these immigrants brought marijuana with them and introduced its recreational use to American culture. Misinformation was hot on its trail.

la verdad acerca de marijuana As the depths of the Great Depression sank lower and lower, massive unemployment and widespread uncertainty served to increase public resentment, and a fear of Mexican immigrants evolved and then escalated. As a means of hiding the racism and redirecting the communal angst, both public and governmental concern about marijuana and its Spanish speaking users escalated. A gust of 'research' was hastily and pointedly carried out that argued that marijuana use was linked to deviant behaviors including violence and crime which were primarily committed by 'racially inferior', under or lower-class communities. Anti-drug campaigners warned against the encroaching 'Marijuana Menace', and horrific crimes were attributed to marijuana and its users.

Congress, et al
  • The 1914 Harrison Narcotic Act refers to and applied to opium, morphine and cocaine, but not to amphetamines, barbiturates or marijuana. The Act is important here because it became the model for future attempts to restrict and control drug use. The act did not criminalize possession of a drug, but instead taxed it. If a person was caught with an ounce of cocaine, they would not be arrested for possessing the substance, but instead for tax evasion.

  • The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was very similar to the Harrison Act, but specifically targeted marihuana.

  • The 1952 Boggs Act classified marijuana as a narcotic, and set minimum jail terms for offenders. A person arrested for the first time for possession of marijuana was looking at two to five years in jail and a two thousand dollar fine (about the cost of a new mid-level Ford).

  • In 1956 the Narcotics Control Act upped the ante to five years in jail for a first offense.

  • In 1972 Tricky Dick declared war on drugs and drug abuse, and 'inadvertently' arrested hundreds of thousands of peaceful hippies making love - not war.

  • In 1982 President Reagan doubled down on Nixon's scheme and renewed what he now called the War on Drugs, labeling it part of his effort to "make America great again" (sound recently familiar?). He enlisted his wife Nancy to oversee orchestrating a Just Say No program.
congress acts irresponsibly and bull-headedly Very consistent between all these Acts and laws as they relate to marijuana, is that they are based on air. No facts, no studies, no data. They are all built on emotion, supposition and assertation of statements represented as factual, but without benefit of truth. in short, as they relate to marijuana, they are entirely reliant upon bullshit, or more politely, misinformation. For over a hundred years now (at least), misinformation has followed marijuana around like a little brother that wants to play catch.

Also very consistent between all these Acts and laws is that none of them really benefited anyone. You might try to convince someone that they benefited society as a whole, but have they? Has American culture really grown or advanced itself as a result of any of this? It doesn't appear so. Along the way marijuana has repeatedly served as a hapless pawn in various politicians' schemes, deals and attempts to win the next election; that's clearly all it was for Nixon, and we've been suffering from his idiocy and paranoia in more ways than we can possibly count or yet know about, ever since.

Unlike with marijuana, withdrawal from habit-forming narcotics and other drugs and pharmaceutical products can cause an addicted person to have to endure great physical discomfort, sometimes for many hours or even days. If President Nixon sincerely wanted to either fight drug abuse or help the boys that were coming home from Viet Nam hooked on heroin that he claimed to care so much about, he needed to find hospital beds for those soldiers that wanted aid. These proud and brave young men needed someplace where they could get caring help and support while battling the sickness that Nixon repeatedly claimed was the enemy - not jails, which are known for rampant drug use.

a large criminal enterprise has made a fortune while the good ol' dunderheads in D.C. are still trying to get abolish something they should be taxing the shit out of. Above everything else, it is all just so patently stupid. After the disaster that was Prohibition, what indication has there ever been that could cause any rational person to think they might possibly be more successful in getting rid of marijuana – or for that matter, heroin or cocaine – than they were with booze? The lame attempts to rid America of marijuana have resulted in the exact same thing that happened during prohibition - a large criminal enterprise has made a fortune while the good ol' dunderheads in D.C. hang on to an already-failed idea about trying to get rid of something when they should be taxing the shit out of it.

It is asinine. These are our elected officials - then, and very sadly, still today.

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