On November 8th voters in nine states will vote on marijuana legalization. Five will vote to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and four will vote on legalizing medical use. To be sure, the opponents of legalization, police and prison guard unions, tobacco and alcohol lobbyists to name a few, will be out in force. What horrible thing they will proclaim the use of marijuana will cause has yet to be seen. Whatever it is these prohibitionist warriors have a huge problem and its name is California.
California first legalized the medical use of marijuana in 1996. The citizens have had easy access to marijuana for twenty years and as of now virtually none of the bad things we have been told by our leaders since 1937 that would happen, have happened. Seems marijuana does not cause schizophrenia, turn people into crazed killers or lead them to do other harder drugs. Our leaders either purposefully lied or are willfully ignorant.
John Ehrlichman in an article published in the April 2016 edition of Harper’s Magazine admitted his culpability in making the War on Drugs a political scam. He was being interviewed by Mr. Dan Baum for the article and Mr. Ehrlichman asked, “You want to know what this was really all about? The Nixon campaign and the Nixon White House after that had 2 enemies: the anti-war left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or to be black but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
So which is it, purposefully lying or willfully ignorant because history shows that marijuana prohibition was a political scam beginning with the 1937 Marijuana Tax Stamp Act, and continuing with the modern version the 1970 Controlled Substances Act and subsequent War on Drugs as admitted to by Mister Ehrlichman.
The reality of marijuana legalization can be seen in what has happened in Colorado. They legalized marijuana for medical purposes 13 years ago and recreational use in 2014, and by 2015 the industry was up and running. To quote Governor Hickenlooper, “Legalization was not as vexing as we thought.” The first year of full legalization, 2015, saw Colorado collecting 146 million in revenue from 947 million in sales. They have created 20,000 jobs in the industry and as of May 2016 are on track for more than a billion dollars in sales. All this and not one of the sort of problems predicted by our prohibitionist warriors and repeated by our leaders have surfaced. Should California pass recreational legalization, and it looks like they will this year, it will be, as one drug warrior at an anti-marijuana seminar held in Covington, Ky last year said, “ all over folks!”
The citizens of California have had access to marijuana for twenty years and nothing, ‘nada’ has happened! The anti-marijuana crowed has to explain how this is possible. They also have to admit they were wrong and apologize to the millions of Americans who, over these 80 years, have had their lives ruined behind the prohibitionist’s lies.