Half-assed, bureaucracy-style “semi-legalization” creates a paper trail for law enforcement, who then bust “honest” ganja people, who have naively placed their trust in an outlaw government by registering to toke. Be glad P19 didn’t pass or it would have been a feeding frenzy.
Reclaiming our freedom to farm “every herb bearing seed” is the only way to end prohibition. Half-measures are a trap If the Cannabis culture in this country would get its ass off the couch between political elections (more accurately, “political erections” — you can’t screw a whole country without one..) and exercise “essential civilian demand” for the “strategic resource” that’s been identified as critical to national security by SEVEN AMERICAN PRESIDENTS (in one simple statement and six Executive Orders) we’d have been done with ‘marijuana’ prohibition a long time ago.
Obviously! it’s the perverse economics of toxic chemical addiction to fossil fuels and unevenly distributed natural resources that keeps “Propping-up” prohibition — OBVIOUSLY!! The economics of industrial hemp and all industries related to hemp agriculture DWARFS the marijuana trade. Protein production, herbal medicines, biofuels production, paper, cloth, paints & varnishes, lubricants, plastics, building materials, bio-pesticides, etc. are worth trillions compared to the mere hundreds-of-billions that marijuana is going for on the black market.
Ending hemp prohibition is more supported by a greater percentage of Americans anyway, compared to outright marijuana “legalization” which is supported by about half the people already.
Hemp education is the most proximate route for ending marijuana prohibition, yet none of the monied drug policy “reform” groups (DPA, NORML, MPP, ASA…) advocate the end of hemp prohibition much. None have responded to this Cannabis filmmaker/photographer/writer/spokesperson’s applications for funding — not even a tiny little bit.
The drug reform groups also play a key role in perpetuating the “drug war” by neutering the grassroots effort in two ways. First by manufacturing legitimacy-through-consent for the illegal, anti-Constitutional prohibition statutes that also siphon-off public support for more effective individuals, like Roger Christie. Roger and i used to sit around wondering why we weren’t being financially supported by the porky groups, and I think that’s one possible reason why.
It may have been part of the reason Roger finally started a group ministry, after struggling out in Hawaii for more than twenty years of individual Cannabis scholarship, entrepreneurial ventures and selfless, penniless activism. Roger needed and deserves public support. He certainly wasn’t getting much help as just a regular guy. By formalizing his beliefs, he created a service designed in such a way to support himself at a bare subsistence level, and demonstrated for others the value of teaching people about the true value of Cannabis.