Here's my second video log that apologizes for my serious laziness and discusses the pros and cons of the different forms of legalization options that are currently being weighed by our states and country. Let's educate people and make one of these happen!
I'm going to start doing a video log every week or so. They'll be posted to my Youtube channel which is musemm420, so look for them there and on the blog page! Any questions or comments, feel free to leave them! Educate and Enjoy!
I'm going to start this by saying that I highly doubt the government intended to use reverse psychology pertaining to the drug war and marijuana prohibition. But let's be real. Prohibition made alcohol use and trade a million times worse and caused gangs, supported underground markets and activity (black market anyone?) and frankly made drinking and obtaining alcohol a huge challenge that, to many people, seems exciting. And that's exactly what's happened with the marijuana prohibition over the years.
One of my strongest points for this argument is the introduction of 'fweed', or fake weed, into the market. This stuff is marketed and sold as incense in airtight packages weighing a gram or more (sound familiar?). The packages clearly state that this 'incense' is not for internal use and gives instruction on how to properly use its contents as an incense. Ha. With names that sound like some of the street names people give different marijuana strains like Serenity Now, Blaze, Blueberry Haze, Dank, Demon Passion Smoke, Genie, Hawaiian Hybrid, K2, Magma, Ninja, Nitro, Ono Budz, Panama Red Ball, Puff, Sativah Herbal Smoke, Skunk, Spice, Ultra Chronic and Voodoo Spice (and that's only some of them) the makers certainly make it sound like something you're supposed to inhale. The "upside" is that these products, the ones that haven't been banned yet, are in fact legal to sell to those over the age of 18 and don't show up on any drug tests. The downside is that they are not all natural and therefore not safe for the body, but made in labs with chemicals meant to mimic the effects of marijuana mixed with a couple herbs and spices to make them seem harmless. There are no scientific studies that show us the effects these chemicals have on the brain or body. unfortunately. However the truth is that fweed has caused numerous deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations. For instance, a woman's son died as a direct result of smoking fweed and she has been trying since to get the chemicals banned in her home state. (http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-03-23/news/31231982_1_karen-dobner-fake-pot-ban-synthetic-pot) I've found a couple other deaths related as well and a great article that goes into some detail about the effects. (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/real-dangers-of-fake-pot-synthetic-marijuana-use-985608.html) I also startlingly came across an article describing an epidemic-like outbreak of kidney failure in teens in Wyoming that's due to their use of fweed. (http://www.naturalnews.com/035181_spice_recreational_drugs_kidney_failure.html) And keep in mind these are only a few examples. Google it yourself and I'm sure you'll find a number of other articles and cases.
Now with all this said I've got a fun trivia question for you: How many deaths have been reported in the known history of time, not just in America but all over the world, that were directly attributed to marijuana use? Give up? ZERO. That's right, ZERO. Not once in all history has there been a death that was due directly or exclusively to the use of marijuana. HOW IS THIS ILLEGAL WHEN SOMETHING MIMICKING THE PLANT IS AVAILABLE AT GAS STATIONS?
This entire matter just makes me fume. There's an incredibly hardy plant out there that can be grown in almost any climate, all over the world, that has amazing and miracle-like potential to help treat and cure millions of people, give people a method of relaxing and winding down in a way that broadens the mind's eye instead of making them belligerent and dumb and uninhibited (like alcohol does), make our country billions of dollars in sales and taxes along with the goods it could provide if used industrially and the money it could bring in from those goods. It's illegal. But there are also a number of herbs that can be sprayed with chemicals to make you feel slightly high for a while in a way that is barely similar to marijuana and then rot your brain and half of your organs while giving you chills, shakes, fevers, nausea, and a slue of other fun symptoms. It's totally legal and is probably sold at your neighborhood gas station!
Blows my mind that more people aren't invested in the fight to legalize marijuana. Get in touch with your local NORML chapter or other advocacy groups in your area and see what you can do to help. There's hope.
I'll be out of town for Mother's Day and won't be posting, but I would really love to hear some feedback from the people I'm reaching. Am I teaching you anything? Are you pissed at your government for keeping something so awesome from the public yet? Is there anything you'd like me to cover in a post? Let me know. I'll do what I can.
I'm going to encourage you all to watch as many documentaries on this subject as possible. It would be incredibly difficult for me to pack as much history, scientific data, and other information into one post as there is in an hour long documentary. Here's a short list:
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (Great for history, medical info, industry, etc.)
A NORML Life (Describes laws, patient stories, etc.)
Reefer Madness (Not a documentary! I only ask you to watch this so you'll see the ridiculous reputation marijuana has had for decades through even more ridiculous propaganda funded by those who want marijuana to remain illegal for all the wrong reasons.)
Super High Me (A documentary similar to Super Size Me, but with pot, that shows how insignificant the effects of long term marijuana use are.)
There are a number of other documentaries I think everyone ought to watch, but those 4 alone were enough to make me angry and appalled at our government and society for allowing such a heinous thing as the drug war on pot to continue for so long. Marijuana is listed as a Schedule 1 narcotic, making it seemingly more dangerous and its possession more punishable than cocaine. That fact makes me literally want to laugh in the faces of the men and women who have tried to suppress marijuana use for all this time. There are more scientific studies and patient cases than ever before that show marijuana's amazing benefits for the body. There are even a number of politicians speaking in medical marijuana's favor. There are thousands of advocacy groups for the legalization of medical marijuana; this includes moms, cops, retired military men and women, lawyers, doctors, etc. According to a recent study by CBS 77% of Americans think medical marijuana ought to be legalized (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57327004-503544/poll-public-supports-medical-marijuana-but-not-full-pot-legalization/). How is it that something so many people think can help our country's citizens is still so demonized?
A lobbyist in California reportedly made $400,000 fighting against a bill for legalization in CA (http://www.naturalnews.com/035277_John_Lovell_California_marijuana_legalization.html). That's just one man, one time. Imagine the amount of money other lobbyists are making off of this same issue. Imagine how much money is floating around the dark corners of the black market that wouldn't be there if marijuana was legalized. Imagine the number of police forces that get a large portion of their funding from the government for marijuana eradication. Imagine the amount of money and resources the police and government seize from drug lords running marijuana. Millions. Billions. There is so much money to be made in the fight against marijuana that I guess these people haven't stopped to look at how much money could be made from the plant if it were legalized. This plant, as an industrial resource and a medicine and even further in the future as a regulated product similar to alcohol, has the potential to pull this country out of debt. Even if marijuana were solely legalized as a medicine the profits would be in the billions. As an industrial resource, which is more easily renewable than most others, this plant could bring in a few more billion. It's one of the strongest natural ropes known to man, it makes durable and comfortable clothing, it makes paper without the terrible loss of forests, it makes crude oil that all automobiles could be modified to run off of. That ought to be enough information right there for this plant to be growing on every available acre in the country. I won't bother going into the amount of money that could be made if recreational marijuana were legalized, taxed and regulated since that doesn't seem to be in the cards for years. But there are so many uses for this plant. And there's so much money to be made. We could stop fighting other countries for oil. We could stop raising gas prices and actually see almost all the gas prices as profit. We could stop importing the majority of our goods (aside from produce and services) from other countries. There are so many benefits that I just find it baffling that this plant is still illegal. It blows my mind and I hope it blows yours too. Tomorrow I think I'll write about the reverse effect the war on marijuana is having in our society. Please leave me questions or comments about things you'd like to see covered. Thanks! Educate and Enjoy!