Well, it’s high time indeed that the U.S. stop wasting money and destroying lives because people want to smoke pot, whether as medicine or for recreation. As a child of the 70s, when weed was everpresent and viewed as benign, I was stunned, to say the least, that the governmental trend did not continue towards decriminalization but actually became increasingly tyrannical, throwing hundreds of thousands into prison for merely possessing small amounts of this “god-given” herb. Pot busts eventually made up something like 50% of criminal arrests, if I recall that obscene number correctly – quite a profitable industry. Often during this draconian anti-drug era youngsters’ lives were destroyed simply because they smoked a joint. “For their own good,” they were thrown into prison, where they could face rape, beating and all manner of trauma, over the consumption of a plant!
Now, after decades of activism by countless people who not only wanted the freedom of not being busted for a medicine that has been used in numerous places globally for millennia, it seems the tide has turned at last – and the dam has burst. Let us hope it stays that way, and we never go back to such fascism again.
In a similar vein, American hemp production is up as well, with various states finally legalizing it, despite the federal prohibition. According to some, hemp production could save the U.S. economy almost singlehandedly. Hemp production should never have been outlawed in the first place – in fact, many of our troubles with pollution and national security can be traced to hemp prohibition.
…the American Medical Association reversed a longtime position and urged the federal government to remove marijuana from Schedule One of the Controlled Substances Act, which equates it with heroin.
A few days later, advocates for easing marijuana laws left their biannual strategy conference with plans to press ahead on all fronts — state law, ballot measures, and court — in a movement that for the first time in decades appeared to be gaining ground.