Sliding across home plate… in a cloud of patriotic red, white, and blue dust…New Hampshire can proudly celebrate their joining the club of medical marijuana states stretched across this great country. In true American spirit, they are standing shoulder to shoulder with the other 19 states, which have opted to break free from the federal grip of tyranny – by creating marijuana laws that work for their constituents.
Now, with 20 states (19 + DC) drawing a line in the 10th amendment sand of federalism, 40% of the states which bind this great nation together, find themselves living in a state of curious fear, afraid of their own government. Hell, even the ordinarily dependable right wing lapdog, Fox News, was caught recently reporting that 85% of Americans support the use of medicinal marijuana. That type of welcome Bizarro world news has many sitting on the sidelines… waiting anxiously to see how the fed’s will react, regarding the growing acceptance of medical marijuana.
With the 2016 election cycle just around the corner, many are revving up the political meat-grinder – known as the 24-hour news cycle – getting ready to consume any would-be presidential candidates bold enough to step forward. Crucifixion American-style, flogged in the press for meaningless acts of adolescent indiscretion. Chances are, in a side-by-side poll with medical marijuana… any would be presidential candidate that could be offered up by either party, would go down in flames if put to a national popularity vote.
Should Obama truly want a legacy he can be proud of, he can step up…and hit this one of the park!
It’s simple…Have the DEA reschedule marijuana within the Controlled Substance Act, so that cannabis is no longer a schedule 1 narcotic. Recognize medical marijuana’s true medicinal potential. Thereby unleashing and igniting a billion-dollar growth industry (while still allowing individuals to cultivate plants for their own consumption).
Or…he and his administration can allow the pimps and thieves of special interest to dictate our national drug policy, continue to flush billions of dollars down the toilet of failed policies, trash tens of thousands of lives annually, all while wasting the future intellectual assets of this… sometimes great country.