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.

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Do Police Even Know What An Opiate Is?

26 year Christopher Miller is in big trouble.  This Tennesse resident was arrested for selling five pounds of Kratom.  If you don’t know what Kratom is follow the link.  In a nutshell, Kratom is a herb that is native to southeast Asia.  It has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years to alleviate pain and provide a mild stimulative effect like coffee.  Kratom is a related to coffee, as a matter of fact. There has been an effort by the DEA to move Kratom to the same class of drugs as Heroin and LSD.  Recently, the DEA received so many complaints from physicians and citizens it stopped (for now) trying to schedule this plant.  There are a few states where Kratom is illegal in and one of those is Tennessee.  I use Kratom for pain.  It is very effective for chronic pain and has very few and limited side effects.

Sometimes, I am not even sure that the police understand what substances are and which ones are illegal or what they do.  In a news release detailing Mr. Millers’ arrest… well, here it is for you to read verbatim: “The synthetic opiate, which is illegal in Tennessee, can cause edginess, vomiting, sweating, constipation, delusions, respiratory depression, psychotic episodes, hallucinations, and paranoia.”

My point is that the police and the media constantly use false information to stigmatize substances that they have decided you shouldn’t put in your body.  For the record, Kratom is not an opiate or a synthetic substance.  Big pharma is at this very moment working on using Kratom to produce a drug that would be a synthetic version of the alkaloid found in Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa.)

In addition to being ineffective and a huge waste of billions of dollars the “war on drugs” is often times propaganda used by politicians to scare people away from natural safe substances in order to allow the drug companies to be the sole manufacturer of these plants….yep it is about money plain and simple.  This is especially true in the cases of cannabis and Kratom.

If you suffer from chronic pain and do not want to use opiates I suggest you look into Kratom.

In contrast to the Tennesse law enforcements description of Kratom, the information in this post is accurate.

GET YOUR BOOT OFF OF MY NECK!!!!