Holy shit I have a fucking rod...
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Vir) was on national television today talking about marijuana legalization.
While being interviewed on CNN this morning, Sen. Webb was asked about a provision in his plan for crime reform that he is preparing to present to congress in the coming weeks. He responded "Well, I think that we need to do is to put all of the issues on the table. If you go back to 1980 as a starting point, I think we had 40,000 people in prison on drug charges, and today, we have 500,000 of them. And the great majority of those are nonviolent crimes- possession and common sales."
Wow, go figure... a politician actually speaking openly about the chances of our nation finally getting over their archaic taboos and starting to address a real situation like a nation of adults rather than a pack of sniveling children weeping at the idea of the monster they believe is lurking in the closet. And I am not the only one who feels this way. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher went so far as to say "there are a lot of people who understand that [the current war on drugs has been a failure]. ...If it was a vote- a blind vote where nobody knew who was voting- you would have overwhelming support for legalizing marijuana out there, but they will never vote for it because they are afraid of taking on a controversial issue."
Nice huh? A congressman telling us that marijuana is still illegal because our elected representatives are shaking in their boots afraid of what a few faxes sent by very bored busy bodies might say about them. Yes, I understand that the whole point of laws is not to ruin everyone's good time, but rather to define the kind of society we are going to live in. That is why we have rules about how old you have to be before you can get married, or drive a car, or buy booze. But for that same reason, we have to start seeing that some of the laws we have written down are not defining our society in a positive way. Of course I don't want my kids to get addicted to drugs. No parent does. But is marijuana a drug? Sure it is a drug in the sense that it is a chemical that alters the way that the mind operates. But it surely isn't heroin. You can't even die from overindulging in marijuana, which is something one cannot say about alcohol, aspirin, cold medication, or over the counter diet pills. Man has been smoking marijuana for centuries, be it to center his mind in prayer to listen to some skin drums beat in the twilight as he bashed some cave chick in the head and put stones. And all of the sudden, 21st century Man, in his infinite wisdom, has deemed this to be a poison? Marijuana... a cash crop grown by our forefathers... a poison...Our fucking Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper for Christ sake...HEMP PAPER!!! In case you do not know, Hemp is a commercial grade of marijuana and when our nation was founded, it was fucking everywhere. George Washington grew it!
It's like I am living in bizarre world. A parent can give her kid a pill to make him more tolerable to be around but if I smoke a joint in my room to make some horrid Disney movie more palatable I'm the asshole? Pot is not the gateway drug... What makes pot the so called gateway drug that these federal fear mongers want it to be is that in order to buy it currently you have to go and do business with people who are selling drugs to make ends meet. In other words, they are salesmen. And be it with pot or cars, a salesmen lives and dies on whether or not he can get you to buy whatever piece of shit he happens to be pedaling. Otherwise good and normal citizens are turned into common criminals daily because of our government's backward policies. Is it not about time that we take a look at what we are doing and ask why?
I'm not screaming out because I am a raving lunatic or anything. The wacky tabackie hasn't rotted my brain into a soft resin drenched mess only capable of taking in the world in fifteen minute animated segments. I am a citizen who has just grown tired of watching good people (and good money for that matter) get tossed into the shithouse over something so trivial. It is disappointing that those men and women we send to Washington every two to six years don't have the minerals to take something so wrong and make it right. But I have hope. Booze was illegal once. But after a while the immorality of the rule overwhelmed the minority's shrieks of moral forthrightness and the Government had to make it right. I just pray that we can be so lucky again.