I believe instead of awareness and the fact that it’s "safer" than the alternative(s) if you want to get it done, you need to appeal to the rational side of the argument. Money. Politicians spend all of their life molding their careers. Anyone who attempts to pass a bill like this, would lose everything they work for. Despite their promise and their smile, until they sign on the dotted line, it doesn’t mean much. Show the millions, and millions, to be made from this. Talk to fortune 500 companies, not your politicians. Show the lobbyists that there is money to be made, and they can force the right hands. Just my opinion. It’s good to stay positive, but realistic is also good. There is a reason cigarettes are legal and killing millions of people, it’s not that we are not aware of what they do. It’s that they make money. Lots of it.
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How long do you think it’s gonna take? CA and some other states are leading the initiative and taking good steps but I feel like legalization at the federal level will take an unbelievably long time because of all the bureaucracy involved. The main thing that upsets me is the legality of tobacco and alcohol but not marijuana while many people today would deem marijuana “safer” than the aforementioned substances. What do you think?
I think California will legalize it in the next few years but we’ll have to wait for our generation to have more power to get it done on a federal level. Yes the generations before us grew up smoking weed but they weren’t hearing about how healthy it is compared to alcohol & tobacco like we have. Awareness is spreading so it’s only a matter of time before the tolerance level will allow for national legalization.
While a large majority of people do recognize that pot doesn’t affect people in such a terrible way and can even provide health benefits, I don’t think the country as a whole is ready for it. A lot of places are starting to decriminalize and at least pass medical marijuana laws. But full out legalization? I think thats going to take awhile.
@ Jordan I totally agree. Its sad, but a lot of the liberal changes our generation wants such as gay marriage and the legalization of weed won’t come until our parents generation dies off and loses power. While Prop 19 did fail, it was a huge step in proving that the will of the people can overcome federal law. Also the men and women behind it are sure to reorganize and try again at the next chance they have. Its just a matter of waiting it out.
I am sincerely worried about the future of legalization in this country. I love marijuana and believe that it has far more benefits than costs. However there are some hidden motives behind it’s prohibition. Big Pharma wants to sell you drugs at extremely high prices. If marijuana were legal, we would be able to grow our own medicine in our backyard. This would mean the downfall of many drug companies. It makes me furious that there are studies showing it’s medical benefits, even that it shrinks cancer tumors! (http://americanmarijuana.org/pot.shrinks.tumors.html). Unfortunately positive messages like this are ignored and opponents of legalization use silly arguments that marijuana is a gateway drug, whereas this is only true because marijuana is on the black market alongside a plethora of actually dangerous substances. I could go on for hours, but to answer the question of if and when marijuana is to be legal, I think we need to keep the issue in the public eye. I go to school in D.C. and am planning to organize a massive “joint” protest, in front of the capital building on 4/20. Contact me if you are interested.
I hope that one day all drugs are legal and we as a people can make the choice to do them or not. People will always do what you tell them not to do by nature. If you legalize everything then it leaves the decisions up to us. We say we live in a free society but how can we be free if the government chooses what we can and cant do all the time. I remember reading that the actual population of Amsterdam that smokes weed is less that 10%. There government might not agree with everything they legalize but they will fight tooth and nail for your right to make that choice.
@will I wholly agree with you. Big Pharma is a disgrace and are getting very ridiculous. In America, there is no relief for psoriasis sufferers. Topical solution after topical solution, light therapies up the ass, and yet no results. Though a friend of the family traveled to Mexico and came home nearly 100% better, they have a cure that their government is not with holding for profit. And at the other end of the spectrum my dad is here, unable to go to Mexico and risking his life to try all of these ‘new treatments’ that are shit.
Big Pharma is selfish and something needs to be fucking done.
But I am uncertain about whether or not I will see cannabis legalized in my lifetime, who can make such assumptions? More politicians and the community as a whole are speaking freely about marijuana, it is no longer taboo. In fact, my home state Florida is voting on medical legalization soon! I am seeing many steps in the right direction.
I don’t think it’s as far away as some think. The states that legalized for medical purposes are making a lot from taxes. I think other states will see that as a major incentive and slowly progress towards it. But maybe that’s just my wishful thinking : )
In Australia the only place that weed is decriminalized is the ACT (australian capital territory) which is the smallest state in aus but also happens to be where the capital is and all of the federal government HQ.
I think that the idea of legalization is becoming more of a possibility due to lobbyist groups, but surely now the government is taking steps to make sure that they make as much money out of it as possible. Like tobacco, they will never let us grow it ourselves. At the end of the day we still live in a dictatorship. Democracy is a joke, its what they want us to believe. You think you really have a choice about anything in this world. Not much. what we need is people power, egypt was a great example of the people rising up. imagine if millions of people decided what was right for us, rather than a few wrinkly old suits in some offices somewhere…………….breathe.
I believe another main reason marijuana is still illegal is because of our competitive war against other world leaders like China. The U.S government would not want our students to smoke pot because it would slow down our educational growth. With China’s current pace in their educational system, there is no doubt in my mind that they will surpass the U.S in world power within the upcoming decades. Our students are no match against the Chinese students due to their strict and challenging education system. I believe that legalizing pot at a federal level will decelerate our kid’s intellectual growth because marijuana is known for making people lazy, lack of concentration, and short term memory loss. With China tailing us in world power, our government cannot afford to legalize more drugs and making it more available to the young ones.
Don’t get me wrong, I have been smoking everyday for the pass 5 years and love every single thing about of it. The aroma, color, the many medical use and the different euphoria you get from different strain. It is a true beauty how spontaneous
I believe another main reason marijuana is still illegal is because of our competitive war against other world leaders like China. The U.S government would not want our students to smoke pot because it would slow down our educational growth. With China’s current pace in their educational system, there is no doubt in my mind that they will surpass the U.S in world power within the upcoming decades. Our students are no match against the Chinese students due to their strict and challenging education system. I believe that legalizing pot at a federal level will decelerate our kid’s intellectual growth because marijuana is known for making people lazy, lack of concentration, and short term memory loss. With China tailing us in world power, our government cannot afford to legalize more drugs and making it more available to the young ones. I believe that the government should regulate marijuana like alcohol, making it legal for people that are 21+, taxing it and making it illegal to grow without a license.
Don’t get me wrong, I have been smoking everyday for the pass 5 years and love every single thing about of it. The aroma, color, and the many medical use. It is a true beauty how spontaneous the euphoria from different strains can be. Marijuana has changed my life in many ways and helped me find my inner peace. Many fun memories when I’m high and many bad ones when I see the flashing blue and red lights that are suppose to protect us.
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