Rules For My Son

GREAT!

Aaron Conrad

1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.

2. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs ain’t one.

3. The man at the grill is the closest thing we have to a king.

4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.

5. Act like you’ve been there before. Especially in the end zone.

6. Request the late check-out.

7. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

8. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.

9. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.

10. Don’t fill up on bread.

11. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look him in the eye.

12. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.

13. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.

14. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket…

View original post 194 more words

Advertisements

Booker Introduces Marijuana Justice Act

Often people who are for cannabis prohibition overlook the social justice aspects of the federal prohibition of cannabis.  My hope is that even if you are against the use of cannabis that these facts that Senator Corey Booker (D) NJ points out would give you a framework to consider the cannabis issue in a different light.  Senator Booker and his bill are focused on the social justice aspects of the war on cannabis.  The fact of the matter is the most dangerous thing associated with cannabis is getting caught with the plant.  This becomes even more dangerous when you are black, brown or poor.  It is hard to believe in 2017 that there are men and women in prison for possession and use of cannabis. America incarcerates too many of its citizens for offenses that are “less illegal’ than what two of our last three presidents have admitted to doing.  Yes, both President George Bush and President Obama have both admitted to using cocaine and cannabis.  My point is the criminal justice system is not being applied equally in our communities.  Marijuana charges stay with people for life!  That is insane.  A twenty-year-old who is arrested and convicted of possessing a small amount of marijuana pay for that innocuous “crime” their entire life.  Employment, business licenses, government loans, etc are all hindered or made impossible due to marijuana convictions.  To make this even more unjust these people who are suffering the legal consequences of the marijuana use or possession are doing something that is LEGAL in many states.  If that isn’t injustice then I don’t know what is.  My hope is that you watch the video of Senator Booker that I posted and that it would spur some thinking about this issue through a different paradigm.

It is hard to believe in 2017 that there are men and women in prison for possession and use of cannabis. America incarcerates too many of its citizens for offenses that are “less illegal’ than what two of our last three presidents have admitted to doing.  Yes, both President George Bush and President Obama have both admitted to using cocaine and cannabis.  My point is the criminal justice system is not being applied equally in our communities.  Marijuana charges stay with people for life!  That is insane.  A twenty-year-old who is arrested and convicted of possessing a small amount of marijuana pay for that innocuous “crime” their entire life.  Employment, business licenses, government loans, etc are all hindered or made impossible due to marijuana convictions.  To make this even more unjust these people who are suffering the legal consequences of the marijuana use or possession are doing something that is LEGAL in many states.  If that isn’t injustice then I don’t know what is.  My hope is that you watch the video of Senator Booker that I posted and that it would spur some thinking about this issue through a different paradigm.

I am not specifically mentioning medical marijuana because the overwhelming amount of Americans are in favor of MMJ.  However, I would like to share  a new study done by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and their conclusion that cannabis has numerous medical applications (duh.)

In summary, the Marijuana Justice Act does 4 major things:

  1.  Deschedules cannabis which would eliminate the federal prohibition on the plant
  2.  Retroactively expunges the conviction of people with marijuana offenses (sorry I don’t have any more details)
  3. Incentives for states to change marijuana laws
  4. Creates a community investment fund to help mitigate some of the damage caused by cannabis prohibition and the inequitable application of the law.

There is no doubt that cannabis prohibition will end in the United Staes.  It is a matter of when not if.