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Many of us on the left have felt vindicated this election. Many of our long held truths were upheld in the court of public opinion. In one particular case was the decriminalization of cannabis in both Colorado and Washington (God it feels good to type that) which has been both primarily ignored as a serious subject, or mocked and joked about depending on your "news" provider of choice.

All of us know that cannabis should be legal as beer is. Every one of us knows that it is not a Schedule One Drug (with no redeeming medical qualities) as the FDA and DEA classify it. These are silent truths. These are also very serious truths never spoken by even our most beloved media figures.

The government spent 8 Billion dollars last year fighting this endless fight and imprisoning so many of our brothers and sisters in real prisons doing real time, and for what? Truly a waste in every sense of the word.

Mr. President you won both Colorado and Washinton and I implore you to look at the math of your supporters who both helped to reelect you and also voted for the freedom to enjoy cannabis as much as you enjoy having a beer at the White House. As you yourself once enjoyed. 

Mr. President, I've supported you since the primary fight against your Secretary of State. You do have the power of the executive and you can use your office to not only allow the people of the Great States of Colorado and Washington the freedom to make their own decisions regarding cannabis but also instruct the FDA to reexamine cannabis as a medicine. I personally know so many of my friends who went through chemo and felt the benefits of cannabis on their appetite and state of well being.

Do what is right Mr. President. 


Medical cannabis has exposed the hypocrisy of the government in such a way as to make it impossible to restore. Propaganda requires ignorance on the part of its audience. Direct and in-direct experience with cannabis for medical treatment has exposed far too many to the benefits of this herb, and has revealed the dishonesty of the government's persecution. As long as few citizens had any direct knowledge of the actual effects of cannabis, it was easy to maintain the lies, but the real experience of seeing friends and family's tremendous relief from debilitating disease cannot be overcome with lies
(this is my first diary posting with my iPad exclusively. I wrote the first draft on notepad and copied it over)
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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    Aureas2, Chi, SlightKC, Lujane, Calamity Jean

    Not every story has a happy ending but Im doing my best to make mine so. Come and take a look at my discussion forum: TheNewCurevents We are looking for new active members!

    by ProgressiveTokyo on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:00:10 AM PST

  •  Oh and I can't tell you how fucking happy I am (0+ / 0-)

    About our Presidents reelection. I left for Japan in 2004 just after Bush was re-elected and after I had fell in love with politics with Dean.

    This years election was such a relief. For real. I'm not super active here but I read every single day.

    Cheers guys!

    Not every story has a happy ending but Im doing my best to make mine so. Come and take a look at my discussion forum: TheNewCurevents We are looking for new active members!

    by ProgressiveTokyo on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:04:03 AM PST

  •  Not going to happen (0+ / 0-)

    Legal ganja = Fewer prison guard union contributions to Democrats and fewer private prison operator contributions to Republicans.

    •  What a very cynical thing (0+ / 0-)

      To say...

      I would think that the American people's voices speak louder than private prison CEOs and board members (and again this is by definition wasteful government spending).

      And this is my only comment....

      This is sad, I need more wine (2:30am here)

      Not every story has a happy ending but Im doing my best to make mine so. Come and take a look at my discussion forum: TheNewCurevents We are looking for new active members!

      by ProgressiveTokyo on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:28:48 AM PST

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  •  I think the Real Cost is Much Higher (2+ / 0-)
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    ProgressiveTokyo, Calamity Jean

    than 8 billion dollars. There is also the cost to socieity of otherwise productive individuals being permanently labled as exconvicts and their inability to get by the stigma and perform optimally in there chosen fields of choice.

    Then there is the loss to our agrcultural industry of the products that can be made from canabis besides the medicinal herb properties. For instance high quality paper, textiles, building products, and oils all better than trees.

    There is also the loss to criminal orginaztions to be considered. Currently 60% to 70% of drug cartel profits come from canabis. The cost of legal canabis would have to be less than black market canabis and if it cost the same due to canabis taxes, well so much the better.

    Next to last, is the health of our citizens. You do not know what you are getting in your canabis if you buy on the black market. No control on how it is grown or what chemicals may be sprayed on it.

    Last, not least is loss of tax revenue to the local, state, and federal systems.

    I am sure there are many more, but you get the point.

    •  Add the cost of destruction to the environment (0+ / 0-)

      Alot of cannabis is grown on public lands (national parks, state and local wildlife areas and green belts), with the subsequent destruction of natural plant habitats.  Even worse, is that growers will use large amounts of rat posions to control predation by wildlife, resulting in indiscrimate death to all sorts of animals.  It affects all parts of the food chain, from mice to deer, to scavengers and preditors.  In some areas of the country, it is the main cause of the decline of the ecosystem.  The loss is staggering, but unseen by the general population.

      ...if you could brighten the day of someone who is lonely or afraid on my behalf that would be something I would love. -Station Wagon.

      by TheDuckManCometh on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 11:24:44 AM PST

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