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The Price of Oppression

September 10, 2010

Abraham Lincoln:
Prohibition… goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes… A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.


So, how much does oppression cost, anyway? In the field of marijuana enforcement…
1970-1977=$76 Billion.
1980-1998 = $214.7 Billion
From Reagan through Clinton the costs rose from $9-$12 Billion to $15 Billion annually.
Further, the present costs range at around
$40-$42 Billion dollars a year
today to enforce and imprison people who just want to smoke the stuff.
(http://www.drugpolicy.org/library/factsheets/economiccons/fact_economic.cfm)
(http://www.alternet.org/drugs/64465/)

That’s about $120 MILLION a day. To enforce the laws against marijuana. A plant proven time and again its benign nature as well as its potential medication.
And now there is a desperate need to
#1 save money state by state
#2 create more jobs
#3 continue research on a safe substance that could be used to promote better health non-surgically
But, is it safe? Three government agencies found it to be so.
1944, Mayor LaGuardia’s State medical personnel did a study on Marijuana and found it extremely less abusive to the body than any of an abundance of other easily obtainable products.

1967, Dr. Leo Hollister’s study at Palo Alto VA Hospital that marijuana did exactly what smokers had been telling them all along; a mild euphoric feeling, usually accompanied with laughter, an increased appetite, followed usually by sleeping.

1972, ex-President Nixon’s hand picked team of doctors, psychologists, and physiologists performed what has been called the most comprehensive study on marijuana ever before, Signet Publishers, Special: The Official Report on MARIHUANA and Drug Abuse, lead by Raymond P. Shafer of the Shafer Commission, and commissioned by ex-President Nixon, 1972

In any given year, there are some 2000 alcohol overdoses in the USA. Mostly kids.
But as far as deaths in particular?
TOBACCO …………………… About four million people die worldwide each year as a result of smoking. In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths, killing more than 490,000 Americans each year.

Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity ….365,000
Alcohol ….85,000
Microbial Agents ….75,000
Toxic Agents ….55,000
Motor Vehicle Crashes ….26,347
Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs ….32,000
Suicide ….30,622
Incidents Involving Firearms ….29,000
Homicide ….20,308
Sexual Behaviors ….20,000
All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect ….17,000
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin ….7,600
MARIJUANA? ……………………zero.
No overdoses, no poisonings…Nada.

In fact, some studies are showing that some people can break drug addictions by using marijuana, and, more importantly, studies have shown that it cures cancer cells in mice and labratory rats. It cures breast cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer. The federal government is revoking further studies until they deem it necessary.
Sounds more like our government DOES favor curing cancer in mice and rats than us.
It also helps calm overt muscle spasms in MS and CP patients, help chemo patients regain an appetite, as well as produce a moderate calming effect on people.

Besides the National Cancer Institute, many other doctors and universities are coming together to realign the government with reality, as politicians seem to believe that they are here to lead us into their fantasy-scapes.
From [HERE] we can see the progress of medicinal marijuana…

And, it has other uses, too…
A car body has to be able to withstand incredible physical forces of torsion, pressure, and stress. And it turns out that hemp also makes excellent car bodies. Light weight, durable, and strong enough to cruise around with.

(more information HERE)

Thomas Jefferson:

The preference to be given will result from a comparison of them: Hemp employs in its rudest state more labor than tobacco, but being a material for manufactures of various sorts, becomes afterwards the means of support to numbers of people, hence it is to be preferred in a populous country.