Part 1: Civil Liberties and Personal Freedom
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” ~ Gandhi
November 2012 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition. What a fantastic way to end the year on such a high note!
“What’s happened is a ‘crossing of the Rubicon’ moment for marijuana reform” — a point of no return.
The government has fought a 75-year war to eradicate a plant that has served humans well since the dawn of civilization and has lost not just a battle but a war, has wasted in blood and treasure over a trillion dollars, and has destroyed millions of lives.
The War On Marijuana is over, and marijuana has won! We voted, and marijuana use now must be considered a human right.
We, the new marijuana majority, are calling off the War On Marijuana due to its stupidity!
This marijuana legalization tipping point is not theoretical, it is here and now.
This “new, unstoppable marijuana spring” and this plant are ready for prime time.
The writing is on the wall; marijuana will be completely legal in the U.S. within 10 years.
“Demographics project legalization with a 2-1 majority among younger voters,” and legalization is just a matter of time.
Hey… Have you even tried putting toothpaste back into the tube?
The new marijuana spring is here to stay… You cannot legislate against a social movement that is on the right side of history.
“The Berlin Wall of pot prohibition seems to be crumbling before our eyes.”
This current vote also is the start of correcting the original ignorance that allowed marijuana prohibition to become a law back in the 1937. The hidden agency that originally made cannabis illegal was designed to replace a plant that was in use by humans for 10,000 years and to replace it worldwide with petroleum and plastics for profit by the oligarchies of the day.
You see where that got us?
As 60+ people in my generation die off, our replacements view marijuana use as harmless as gay marriage is to society, a normal, and good for you, healthy behavior. Trying to outlaw marijuana is like trying to outlaw gay.
Marijuana as a social movement is an idea whose time has come; this new marijuana majority social movement is a political force that politicians who want to get elected must now listen to; they need to start a conversation with us if they want our votes.
Going against the will of an overwhelming majority of Americans who worked though the system is not something to be taken lightly by any elected official who wants to be voted into office.
Think we don’t vote? Think again! Marijuana legalization polled 3 points higher than President Obama did in Colorado. As a matter of fact, marijuana was voted more popular than either presidential candidate in November 2012. Americans are in love with this gentle plant.
Maybe it’s time for the media and politicians to lose the DEA misinformation that frames people who use cannabis as addicted, apathetic, criminals. We are your mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters; we are your family. Marijuana prohibition destroys families; that’s why it is a failure.
And one more thing: historically, the word “marijuana” was a made-up word to discriminate and demonize Hispanics who are now the upcoming new racial majority in the US. Remember, the word marijuana was made up and used to discriminate against your great-grandparents who picked fruit in the hot sun, and whose purpose was to profile them as lazy, degenerate and violent marijuana-smokers who should be deported.
I would like to watch any prohibitionist explain to a Hispanic town meeting how marijuana first became illegal and why and then ask for their support and vote. Karma can be a real bitch.
The majority pro-marijuana vote that took place in Colorado and Washington State is a directive to the Federal Government to stand down. These two states are a strong representative sample of the country as a whole. Put it to a national referendum and the numbers would be about the same– a majority of Americans want legalized cannabis. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
The new marijuana spring starts with the basics. Americans voted that people have the liberty and personal freedom to change their consciousness, be free from pain, heal themselves from sickness, grow and share a plant for survival. Cannabis use is a fundamental human right.
Part 2: Beyond liberty and personal freedom, this plant will help to save the earth from the impending environmental catastrophe that is on our doorstep.
Editor’s note: Ron Marczyk is a retired high school health education teacher who taught Wellness and Disease Prevention, Drug and Sex Ed, and AIDS education to teens aged 13-17. He also taught a high school International Baccalaureate psychology course. He taught in a New York City public school as a Drug Prevention Specialist. He is a Registered Nurse with six years of ER/Critical Care experience in NYC hospitals, earned an M.S. in cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology, and worked as a New York City police officer for two years. Currently he is focused on how evolutionary psychology explains human behavior.