In the last few years the corporate agenda has led the legalization movement of cannabis right thru the processes of capitalism, all nice, and tied up with a pretty bow on the “bag”.
There is a serious problem with this.
First of all I am not anti-capitalist. In fact it would be my pleasure to be able to walk in my local town drug store and purchase an ounce of Herb and pay the taxes on that purchase as well.
I would probably be the first person in line in Cave City when the store opened if that were possible. I would also love to see a Cannabis Café on the corner of Broadway and First Street.
That being said I can compare the legalization of corporate cannabis with the “Wet” vote that just passed in my town.
Before the town went “wet” there were a couple/few people around the area that served the locals occasionally. Yes, it is illegal, but in my opinion it shouldn’t be because taxes have already
been paid on that product by the “bootlegger” when he bought it from the store. At any rate, the people who “served” us were good people and were hurting no one. They were just trying to
get by day by day like most of the rest of us and provide a service. Point is, now that the town is “wet” there will be no more business for the “bootlegger” who is just a small town
person trying to make a dollar…not a million dollars. Although this is not a totally accurate comparison because alcohol is already taxed and regulated it is still illegal for someone to buy and
resell or even serve someone alcohol in this county with the exception of a couple of wet restaurants we had previously.
I find it ironic that a city could legalize alcohol consumption in a couple of restaurants, with the purchase of an alcohol license of course, even though that the county itself remains dry.
Corporate cannabis will not give us the right to grow for personal use,or to be able to sell at the vegetable market like fresh oregano, catnip, white sage, etc.,
If we continue to “legalize” in the current fashion only corporate driven companies will be allowed access to the growth, processing and marketing of cannabis much the same as alcohol is now.
The “legalize, tax and regulate” push was very convenient for corporate America.
That is why that either repeal or re-legalization must be the avenue we take to ensure that we have our own personal rights to this plant restored. If “legalize, tax and regulate” wins we will loose
our rights to this plant forever. Laches will rule.
Another thing to consider is the fact that just because something is produced in a corporate environment does not necessarily mean that it is a good product.
Look at all the recalls that have been issued on the cars we drive everyday which were issues that have proven to be fatal in a lot of instances.
With a new market emerging such as the one we have with cannabis is it imperative that we retain our own personal rights to the plant AND that any corporate products which are
produced and sold from cannabis are ensured to be safe whether it be for medical or recreational purposes. And just like the farmer’s market on Saturdays it will be “buyer beware”
when purchasing home grown or made items.
Be smart. Do not give up your personal rights in order to let the government regulate everything and then assume because it is government regulated that it is safe.
Just read the side effects on prescriptions. That right there will explain to you how interested the government is in your safety. Regulation although needed in some
form or fashion cannot be relied upon to ensure your safety when purchasing or using any type of food or prescription medicine or herbal remedies. So don’t let them take away
your personal rights under the guise of health and safety regulations. That is just a farce.
Cannabis/Hemp is a wonderful plant that can be used for so many things. It is a treasure that God gave us to use. We need to make sure the government does not take yet another
human right away from us. If the laws governing cannabis/hemp are completely repealed then it will be free for everyone. I can put my “flower” in the kitchen window and
Pharma’s can produce their own version of cannabis medicines, as well the recreational use will support many café’s, etc.,
Freedom for everyone to use and enjoy… and be thankful for.
Fight for freedom from the prohibition of your freedoms!