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To say, “We have won once the Country decriminalizes cannabis,” would be to neglect her greater call. The medicinal benefits should be in the spotlight. When life and adolescent brain development (epilepsy) are on the line, nothing else matters. If we only ‘decriminalize’ the plant, we are likening it to alcohol or some other social party favor. This is a wonder drug and the world needs to know! The brilliant minds of this country must be unafraid to innovate and improve the cannabis industry.
By demonizing cannabis, brushing the medicinal benefits under the rug, and creating the Marijuana Excise Tax of 1937, the U.S. Government drove the discussion off course and the advancement paused.
Patients and industrial companies had to pay a special excise tax to continue using cannabis and hemp. By the 1950’s, patients were cut off when it became a crime for anyone to possess cannabis. This schedule 1 drug helps the ill eat, sleep, and numbs their pain. Instead of this drug being a blessing in his time of hardship, it now came with the fear of arrest and consequent jail time: a penalty most patients won’t survive. So, they suffer and die earlier than they would otherwise.
In 1976, a judge ruled in the favor of a glaucoma patient making him the first legal pot smoker during Prohibition. As a compromise to other glaucoma patients who also expressed that cannabis was the only drug that aided their pain, the federal government allowed thirteen other participants to join the program. Only four remain and the government continues to provide their medicine. No more patients may enter. If you’ve ever tried the G-13 strain, you are sampling the genetic lineage developed by the US government.
Nothing positive has come of Prohibition. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said it best on NPR.org when asked if he thought Marijuana should be legalized, ” Yes. I really think … and recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction. Alcohol, the prohibition against selling and dispensing alcoholic beverages has I think been generally… not worth the cost. And I really think in time that will be the general consensus with respect to this particular drug.”
When bright minds like Justice Stevens impart irrefutable logic upon us, we must listen and act. Our country is finally starting to recognize the illegitimacy of our past lawmakers’ move to smear the image of cannabis. While cannabis has been inaccessible to legal testing and research by non-government scientists and doctors for almost 80 years, modern science has improved light years. If we stop at decriminalization, our scientists may never tap into the reservoir of medicinal miracles just waiting to be discovered. A revolution is bubbling like a volcano eager to explode and the federal government acts as if they can just plug it with a cork. Decriminalization must be just the first of many steps on the trail we are so freshly blazing.
Alexis Jones is the creator of the ONE & ONLY DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE Granola Bites & chocolate peanut butter CannaChex company called CanServe.
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