Let's review. As of November 2013 Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana consumption for adults. Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states plus the District of Columbia, and many more states are moving to follow their lead including the big boys like New York and Texas. Here in Florida medical marijuana advocates have collected enough signatures to put it on the ballot and the Supremes, Diana Ross in all her glory, have seen fit to allow it to move forward.
Even more significant is the fact that mainstream Republican leaders like Texas Governor Rick Perry have come out in support for changes in our marijuana laws, and President Obama, that commie pothead, has stated the simple truth many have know for years -- that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.
For the first time in polling history a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. Considering the 80 year propaganda war that has been waged on cannabis, that is truly amazing.
The federal government's position on marijuana scheduling, that it has no medical value, is a blatant lie provable by the fact that the government itself holds a patent on its medical use.
From the fed's own patent.
“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”The question Florida voters will decide this November is a simple one; should those who use marijuana for valid medical reasons be subject to our criminal justice system for their transgression? If you are anything resembling a reasonable person your answer should be 'no.'