In many states across America an individual will go to jail for possession of Marijuana.
Federal law for possession, cultivation and distribution range from a misdemeanor to life in prison. When we throw in three strikes laws, many folks are rotting in jail for possessing a simple joint.
Black men bore the brunt of incarceration for the use, cultivation and sale of marijuana. America’s jails are full of non violent black fellas whose only crime was selling a bag of weed to make ends meet.
Everyone knows that marijuana use during adolescent years has a very negative affect on education and cognitive growth. Our nation’s colleges are full of students that attempt to balance daily pot use with learning. This is one of the reasons that there is an epidemic of college graduates with worthless degrees and rampant student loan debt. Without the crutch of marijuana use, our entire education system from junior high to advanced degrees would be enhanced and more successful. Our nation would be stronger and better able to employ people with appropriate job and degree skills. Americas focus must be to keep drugs out of our nation’s schools and maintain them as a sanctity of learning. The focus of pot law should apply until one is 21 and then left to the discretion of the individual.
For adults that smoke Marijuana, there are no adverse affects to society. In fact, alcohol consumption is far worse than a few tokes on a doobie here and there. If marijuana is illegal, then tobacco should be also. Alchohol and tobacco use have led to more deaths and accidents than weed will ever cause. Stoners do not beat their wives and children, start a fight or kill people while driving on the wrong side of the road. A stoner’s worst offense is eating an entire bag of BBQ potato chips in one setting. Of course, Americans do not want stoners working on complex machinery, serving in the military, or maintaining the aircraft we fly on. It is all about choice.
Rick Perry wants to decriminalize marijuana. All across the state of Texas, there are young Texans that drive beat up old pickups, and wear cowboy hats that smoke a little weed. They all have jobs and are no threat to society whatsoever.
For most, marijuana use is a passing fancy. After awhile, weed loses it’s lure and people simply move on.
The same can be said for African Americans. Many just need a little extra money to pay the bills in a globalized service based economy with stagnate wages. For blacks in a society that is ridden with racism, and lack of opportunity, growing and selling a little weed keeps many black families in house and home. Our jails are filled with non violent young black men whose only crime was selling some weed. When they get out of jail, they have a felony on their record and cannot get a job. This is wrong. In lieu of incarcerating millions for minor marijuana infractions to the tune of utter billions, how about a modest marijuana taxation program and addiction self help programs? The costs savings to the state and federal government would be enormous.
“After 40 years of the war on drugs, I can’t change what happened in the past. What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade,” Perry said, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
It is clear that Jeb Bush in a Karl Rove like fashion will perpetuate Nixon’s war on drugs mentality. We are certain the Jeb Bush would continue his brother’s legacy of surveillance, incarceration for minor drug offenses, and a decadent foreign policy. Under a Jeb Bush presidency, African Americans can look forward to jail time for smoking a joint. Under a Jeb Bush presidency Americans can look forward to over crowded prisons, a massive police state, surveillance, and spending billions on wars 10,000 miles away.
As far as Hillary Clinton? She is too busy stoking the fires of racial friction in Baltimore to think about dealing with Americas ridiculously strict marijuana laws. Hillary wants police officers to wear body cameras?Hillary puts foreign leaders under surveillance and wants body cams on our nations police officers while destroying all her emails on Benghazi like Lois Learner and the IRS? Hypocrisy.
Oh I forgot Ambassador Steven’s death could not be elevated , harvested and cultivated as a racially divisive issue and used as a political prop. Hillary blamed his death on a video.
Rick Perry on the other hand would apply a balanced approach and valid solutions to a bloated and inappropriate Federal government. From states rights to a strong military and competent foreign policy, all Americans can expect a better approach to executive leadership from Rick Perry.