November 6, 2011

Few laws in our country are as corrupt and inherently heinous as the prohibition on cannabis. This hasn’t gone unnoticed, and the American people have begun to wake up in mass. For the first time in American history, we support, as a nation, the implementation of legal cannabis.

If it seems at times that the cannabis reform movement has failed to achieve adequate success, take into account that in 1969, a dismal 12% of Americans supported legalization – a drastic change coming from the eye-opening nature of prohibition’s destructive path. In addition, years of scientific discovery on the benefits of cannabis have continued to slice through the propaganda that has for so long fed into our unjustifiable cannabis policies.

With such an obviously unjust prohibition, it’s clear we must take action, and in order to fully combat this monster we must attack it at its core; and that means repeal. Repealing prohibition (just as with alcohol prohibition in the 20’s and 30’s) is an utter necessity in putting an end to the insanity, and no more clearer of a message can be sent to our Federal Government than a state repealing its own prohibition on responsible adult use of cannabis entirely; removing the state’s authority to prosecute for these offenses, all while keeping in place current minor and DUID statutes in order to secure public safety and encourage mainstream support. This is how true cannabis reform can be achieved.

Besides the fact that repeal would bring a swift and effective end to prohibition, there’s both legal reasons, and legal precedent for taking such an approach. For one, regulating a federally illegal substance simply can’t be done–at least not in the sense that it would stand ground in a court challenge. You must repeal before you regulate, or your regulations are preemptable and inconsequential.

Until cannabis is removed from the state’s Controlled Substances List, no lasting protection will occur for consumers and patients, and no regulations will be possible. Individuals and our Federal Government must understand this – if you want regulation, if you want taxation, you must first repeal. The precedent is quite clear, with our method of reform being influence directly by New York, the first state in the country to put an end to alcohol prohibition, doing it through the initiative process – through a repeal model – ahead of the Federal Government that eventually followed.
This is why we continue, unaltered and determined in our goal of repeal. We can’t accept diluting reform in order to bring an ineffective “win” at the ballot box. Rather, we must educate the public on the truth of this issue, and work diligently to bring truly lasting reform. Ending prohibition is far too important to not do right, and to ignore the case law of such a comparative situation with alcohol prohibition would be refusing to learn from past accomplishments, just as prohibitionists have refused to learn from history’s mistakes.

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