Thursday, February 20, 2014
Just before 9 O'clock tonight I was driving home on the Interstate, car windows down, enjoying a cool breeze and the end of a perfect day. My serenity was abruptly interrupted when an unknown object of indeterminate size flew in through the driver's window, thumped into my chest, bounced off of my lap in an unhappy way, and disappeared into the darkness! My heart jackhammered in my chest and my mind exploded in a million directions; WTF was that!? A BAT!? A VAMPIRE BAT? A fat man's stoogie? A dud Malotov cocktail? The Holy Grail? Reacting as any sane person would, I whipped out my Fenix Tactical LD22 flashlight (My pistol remained holstered. I'm not THAT big of a girlyman!).
I shined the blinding 215 lumen beam down into the murky darkness, wondering what abject horrors abounded, waiting to pounce, and wondering if I'd have to bail out of the car at 70 mph. There on the floorboards, glaring up at me in the light was the Cold Steel FXG Jungle Dart that normally nestles above my sun visor to greet any carjacker foolish enough to stick his head or any other unneccessary appendages through my car window.
Despite my mild embarrassment, it could have been far, far worse. It could have been a fucking bee. Fuck bees in cars. Fuck bees in cars with a baseball bat.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Repeal Marijuana Prohibition
As many of my friends know, I am a former police officer, soldier, and sailor and have worked in two different drug rehabilitation centers. During my time as a police officer I was pro-legalization when it came to marijuana despite the so called War on Drugs and despite not being a user myself. I saw the unjust laws do much greater harm to both individuals and our society than the recreational use of marijuana ever could. Among other things, our already overcrowded prisons are filling with non-violent offenders who had mandatory minimum sentences, often with no hope of parole, while murderers and rapists walk free. It was not a popular stance as the unConstitutional property seizures these laws allowed provided a lot of funding especially among smaller law enforcement organizations. A police officer saying they smelled marijuana created all sorts of probable cause and exigent circumstances to violate even more of our rights. Today I am a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (www.LEAP.org) and want to see these laws repealed.
You don't have to have breast cancer to support cancer research and you don't have to use marijuana at all to support changing marijuana laws. Do the research and get the facts.
Repealing Marijuana Prohibition isn't about being stoned 24/7. It's about getting the government out of our personal lives, bedrooms, and medicine cabinets. It's the freedom to make our own informed adult decisions when they harm no one else. It's about fair laws and fair punishments. Marijuana has been used very successfully in treating cancer, seizures, Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, insomnia, chronic pain, depression and numerous other maladies. It is a much safer choice for recreational use by adults than alcohol.
Will big pharmaceutical companies control the cannabis market when cannabis is legalized for adult use? Only if we let them. Cannabis is a medicinal herb and it should be regulated as an herb, not as a pharmaceutical or a street drug.
Marijuana's non-psychoactive cousin, Hemp, which is another absolute miracle plant, is illegal because of it's relationship to cannabis and big businesses like Timber, Plastics, Oil, Pharmaceutical companies, privately ran prisons, and others who all profit from the prohibition, as do the corrupt politicians owned by them.
If you drive distracted whether it's because of alcohol, marijuana, texting, eating food, talking on your mobile phone, or fighting with your partner or kids, and you hurt someone or damage another's property you need to be held accountable. Just having marijuana in your car should never be a crime for an adult any more than unopened alcohol.
The NFL bans its players from using marijuana even though almost every player suffers from chronic pain and could be helped and healed faster without having to rely on dangerous narcotics. Knowing the type, strain, and potency of the cannabis they used would let them enjoy its benefits, be they medical or recreational. Just like for the rest of us!
As much as the government has tried to prohibit and misclassify it, scientific research backs all of these claims.
For over three years I have ran the facebook page Repeal Marijuana Prohibition. This makes me a target, which I don't enjoy (The squeaky wheel gets the boot heel). Change takes effort and sacrifice. I've watched my daughter in excruciating pain from Endometriosis as she was prescribed harmful, addictive narcotics that only mask the pain without helping her heal. I have severe sleep apnea, insomnia, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, circulation issues, chronic pain, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis, all of which have been successfully treated with Cannabis in others. If I were to choose to treat myself I would risk fines, jail time, loss of many VA medical benefits, freedom, second amendment rights, social standing, and much, much, much more. So I don't. Parents often lose custody of their dependent children. I take a stand hoping that myself and others will eventually be able to reap the benefits of this natural healer and freedom.
Repeal Marijuana Prohibition's purpose is to free marijuana & hemp from the bonds of ignorance, fear, & propaganda and to overturn the unconstitutional laws that still make its use a crime in so many places.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer
Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country by Peter McWilliams
The Truth About Addiction And Recovery by Stanton Peele
Marijuana: Gateway To Health by Clint Werner
Please like and share our facebook page; Repeal Marijuana Prohibition
Check out NORML (National Organization for the Reform or Marijuana Laws) at www.norml.org
MMP (Marijuana Policy Project) at www.mmp.org
LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) at www.LEAP.org
Safer Choice at www.SaferChoice.org
The Libertarian Party at www.lp.org
These are just a few of the worthwhile organizations that you can join in making a difference.