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Stop America's Everlasting War on Drugs: Poll Results: 73% for Legalization

Updated on February 16, 2014

Reefer Madness/ or Government Propaganda?

Devil Weed or Multi-purpose Plant

Crop of marijuana, legal or illegal
Crop of marijuana, legal or illegal | Source
Homegrown marijuana for private medical consumption, if grown illegally could get 15-30 years in prison.
Homegrown marijuana for private medical consumption, if grown illegally could get 15-30 years in prison. | Source
This is what our government spends billions a year to keep out of your possession!
This is what our government spends billions a year to keep out of your possession! | Source

A Conservative's Betrayal with a Liberal View

I thought that I should preface this hub with this statement. I am a solid conservative Christian that holds this controversial position on the "War on Drugs" and its laws regarding marijuana. Before any of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ condemn me to be "stoned." Let me just say, there are already enough stoned people in the United States.

I would also like to state that as a Christian, I do believe in following the laws of the land. I thank God for those in law enforcement, as they are "servants of righteousness, called to promote peace and to punish the evildoers." We are also supposed to discern good from evil, and at times call for changes in laws that are unjust.

Genesis 1:29 it states that; And God said, "Look! I have given you the seed-bearing plants and all the fruit trees for your food." 31 Then God looked over all that he had made, and saw that it was excellent in every way. (NLT) (Some translations say food and medicine)

I give more credence to what God says in the Bible than to what our corrupt politicians determine to be for our own good. Especially since they continue to make laws against anything natural being able to cure any disease, just so that their pharmaceutical friends can make enormous profits by producing synthetics to replace them.

As a Christian, I believe that we should see this issue and the lives it affects with compassion and understanding rather than self-righteousness and judgement.

Just as Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out in his Letters from a Birmingham Jail, "unjust laws are not laws at all." For anyone that has not read these MLK letters, you can view them at: It would seem that the people in the "medical marijuana" movement are practicing a non-violent form of civil disobedience to the unjust marijuana laws.

Anyone not familiar with the government propaganda used to make marijuana illegal, or its discriminatory origins should look at "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" by Jack Herer. Mr. Herer shows documents that clearly prove that marijuana was made illegal to cater to lobbyists from oil and wood based products industries.So that these emerging industries could take the place of hemp products that were currently being used to make clothe, paper, oils, paints, rope, and many other things.

The discriminatory origins used to fashion these laws, as well as how they are currently enforced is also something to be considered. Originally, blacks, Mexicans, and jazz musicians were seen as the ones who used this "evil weed" as can be seen in the government propaganda at the time. These laws are still enforced in a discriminatory way, as more minorities are incacerated for simple possession, while the rich and powerful are slapped on the hand and released.

While I am not advocating the legalization of hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine; the harmful effects of these are well established in destroying many lives. Changes should also be considered in how we deal with these drug users for simple possession charges.

What I am suggesting is, "It's time to legalize marijuana; to quit wasting time and resources on arresting common people for something that they should be able to grow and consume as they see fit." This would be a good start in changing our drug war policies, to take the profits out of it for the drug cartels.To stop the waste of money for law enforcement, and ease court schedules and prison over-crowding for crimes of more concern. But the War on Drugs is big business, with lawyers, private prisons, and law enforcement all making tons of money in this never ending war. As of 1-16-2013, inspite of state laws to allow for the use and cultivation of medical marijuana, state and federal officials are still targeting and arresting medical marijuana patients.

In an AP report from May 13, 2010 it was reported that after 40 years of "America's War on Drugs" we've spent $1 trillion taxpayer dollars, and yet failed to meet any of its goals. U.S drug czar Gil Kerlikowske admits to their failed strategies and policies. Current expenditures just for drug law enforcement total over $50 billion a year for all federal, state, and local agencies.

I'm not promoting marijuana use or claiming it as a safe product, but when compared to many other drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, or even aspirin, marijuana is safer than most of these. Even aspirin has as many as hundreds of deaths a year from abuse. The deaths resulting from tobacco and alcohol are in the hundreds of thousands each year in the United States. In comparison to these legal products, marijuana is a fairly benign substance, and the only deaths are the result of a drug deal gone bad, not from use or abuse.

Number of deaths caused by Cannabis (Marijuana) 0

These above statistics were found at:

Some other telling facts of the devastation caused by America's "War on Drugs" include these found at In 2009, the number of arrests for drug offences was over 1.6 million, with over 858,000 of these for cannabis offences. Of those arrested for marijuana, 89% were charged with "simple possession of marijuana," Drug arrests for this time period represents 13% of all arrests, a higher percent than for any other offence. 13 million American people have been arrested for marijuana since the start of this failed war on drugs.

Walter McCay, who is one of 13,000 members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, states, "For every drug dealer you put in jail or kill. there's a line up to replace him, because the money is just so good." This group is made up of judges, law officers, prison wardens, and even prosecutors who push to legalize and regulate all drugs, to stem the tide of violence and profits to criminal organizations. (AP May 13,2010)

These people arrested for drug offences are filling our courts, our jails and prisons. They can no longer hold a wide variety of jobs because of an arrest for possessing a plant that was wrongly classified as a "dangerous narcotic." While you can't hold many jobs after being arrested for marijuana, you can still be president of the United States after smoking it. This being evidenced by our last three presidents openly admitting to marijuana use. While this can't be seen as an endorsement for smoking marijuana after the job done by these three presidents. It does show how public perception has changed towards its use, that they were even elected after such confessions.

In a recent Rasmussen poll reported in an article by Daniel B. Wood | Christian Science Monitor – Wed, May 23, 2012, it clearly shows that 56% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana and regulating it the same way as tobacco and alcohol are currently. In spite of critics attacking this poll, Rasmussen defends its results and says Americans support legalization and taxation in contrast to spending so much money in a failed attempt to control public behavior in regards to marijuana use.

As of January 2014, both Colorado and Washington state are implementing their state's new laws on legalizing and regulating the manufacture and sale of marijuana for recreational use. These pioneer states are at the forefront of reforming marijuana laws, with many states considering similar legislation.

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      5 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y.C. U.S.A

      hey slcockerham, no matter who I meet Im always hopeful I can find some common ground somewhere. happy to agree on this one. its time to put an end to this absurd over the top reefer madness thing. anyway there are so many uses for hemp fabric why not use it again in industry. its strong, durable ect. ect.

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      5 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

      Hey gconeyhidden, I see that there are some places we can agree. The war on drugs is a terrible failure, that costs lives and productivity.

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      5 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y.C. U.S.A


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      6 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

      Hey Mhatter99, Thanks for your comments, just believe it's time to stop making Americans into criminals for a plant that was wrongly deemed as so dangerous. It's one thing to go after the cartels for their destruction. But we are really helping to support them with current laws.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      yes legalize. make money rather than spend it. attack, the same as alcohol and tobacco (and use drug money to do it).


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