On the 27th of October a hearing will be held in California to determine whether cannabis should remain on the schedule one substance restricted list. Information will come to light that many have known since the substance was inducted: the classification of cannabis as a schedule one substance is unjustified, and that it has remained as such in the face of known and ignored facts, is unconstitutional at best.
Since the beginning of the war on drugs, this now disillusioned government has intentionally manipulated the public’s view of cannabis to protect the personal interests that were being threatened. Many would rather believe that topics such as this are the product of conspiracy theorists and anti-Americans. However, this is the unfortunate truth and all one has to do, is a very mild amount of research to come to the same conclusion. Originally, it was the timber industry that was threatened by the rising hemp capabilities that scared key political families into a massive cannabis slander campaign. Whether one believes the catalyst to be a specific individual or group, the ongoing effort to keep hemp and cannabis misunderstood is the true evil. Today it is still a very real threat to the timber industry, but the larger multibillion dollar pharmaceutical industry has the most to fear when it comes to what cannabis could, and will, render obsolete.
Doctors Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, retired physician Phillip Denny, and Greg Carter, Medical Director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington will testify Monday that cannabis is not the youth corrupting, addictive substance the federal government makes it out to be. Accepted science does not justify the listing of cannabis as a dangerous “Schedule I” substance, many say.
“It is my considered opinion that including marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is counter to all the scientific evidence in a society that uses and values empirical evidence. After two decades of intense scientific inquiry in this area, it has become apparent the current scheduling of cannabis has no footing in the realities of science and neurobiology.” Dr. Hart declared.
This hearing is of monumental importance. Not only the outcome, but the simple fact that it has been granted and the question of relevance acknowledged. Anyone can see the rising momentum of the Marijuana Movement and how it has changed what the average citizen thought possible.
“This is an unprecedented hearing. This is the first time in recent memory that a federal judge has granted an evidentiary hearing on a motion challenging the statute which classifies cannabis to be one of the most dangerous illicit substances in the nation.” Writes Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML
The government continues to claim that cannabis is a dangerous and addictive substance completely lacking any medical value despite the continually growing documentation of evidence to the contrary. Even in the face of absolute defeat in the coming hearing, these officials hold to the outdated and archaic rhetoric. If it weren't such an important issue to our society, one would almost admire the resilience and determination exerted to keep this miracle plant illegal.
Government witness Bertha Madras, former White House Drug Czar deputy director under George W. Bush will defend the Schedule 1 designation. Madras states cannabis has no accepted medical use and is unsafe. Madras states she supports the pharmaceuticalization of THC and CBD, while criminalizing the use of the plant they come from.
“Although more than 30% of current therapeutic drugs are plant-derived, no one currently eats or smokes foxglove plants to treat a heart condition, chews cinchona bark to alleviate malaria symptoms, or eats opium poppies to relieve post-surgical pain,” Madras writes.
That point would make sense if it weren't completely false. In many places around the world these substances are used naturally everyday. It is in the United States, that has become so intentionally dependent on its pharmaceuticals, that natural products are not frequently used. However, there are plenty, even within the country, that choose the natural route, so her argument is unfounded.
This hearing needs the attention of the entire country. The American people cannot allow this to be yet another cannabis related victory swept under the rug of politics and lies; kept from the eyes of those riding the fence on the issue of legalization. There are many out there just waiting for that concrete piece to the puzzle, coming from a “trusted official” that explains how cannabis is not the devil plant it was once thought to be. This is that moment, and when the outcome shows the facts most know to be true, the people must be ready to spread the word. Stand tall and hold your head high, for the day of reckoning has come. History remembers those that put personal desires before the needs of the people. Those who have told "The Lie" will always be remembered, just not the way they had hoped.
This is no longer a distant problem. The shocking reality of this visceral and deadly disease, long ago crossed the ocean and is now being downplayed at an alarming rate. This “so-called” epidemic has spread through a total of 8 countries, with 9,763 contracted cases and a total of 4,853 deaths with a current case fatality rate of a shocking 71%. No matter how one chooses to read these numbers the outcome is the same: Pandemic. This country continues to act as if this problem is not serious, or at least not serious for Americans. With five cases already contracted within the U.S. it is beginning to become clear that an outbreak of this magnitude, in any country, is every country’s problem.
This topic feels like some sort of surreal blockbuster movie plot line or the beginning of a zombie novel that heralds the coming of the end. This is not that far from the truth. However, the American people should have absolute faith that this country has every ability to combat this impending disaster. What should upset many and more is the fact that the overall seriousness of the issue is being dramatically downplayed...
Imagine a young child lying awake consumed with pain. Seizers that clench the teeth, headaches that shut the world out. Reaching for a loved one, someone, anyone to make the pain stop. Just when it seems to be over the muscle spasms reminding that conditions like these do not end, but seem to intensify with time. This is what Trey Brown has endured for many years. Until his mother, who could no longer stand by and watch her only son’s life be devoured by pain, decided to do what she knew was right.
After a baseball injury several years ago, in which Trey suffered a traumatic brain injury, he has continually suffered from many debilitating ailments including: headaches, muscle spasms and seizures. It got to the point where Trey was so unhappy, in such constant pain, that he began punching and cutting himself.
"He was in so much pain that he didn't want to live, no parent can understand it until they have to sit in their child's bed and hold them down so they don't hurt themselves or they have to sit beside them because they hurt so much that they can't handle your touch," Angela told Huffington Post
A young girl was suspended for half of the 2014 school year due to some writings discovered inside her personal journal. Now despite the cannabis related topics that were the catalyst of the suspension, the fact that her personal journal was open to reproach by the school district should not sit well with those aware of American’s slowly diminishing first amendment rights. Even though she is a child, there must be some justified reason or concern to breach ones personal information, minor or not. This was not the case.
Krystal had left her journal at school by accident and had thought it lost. It was discovered by school officials who then made the unilateral decision to investigate the personal contents within. This is where multiple accounts of marijuana use and discussion where found. Krystal was originally placed on a 10 day suspension and later told that she was out for the rest of the year. Until now, she had been a model student and never found herself in any trouble. Due to this suspension her grades plummeted and she lost out on credits needed for graduation. Krystal’s father, Tom Grayhorse, was understandably outraged. Later that outrage turned into hostility when he discovered that her disciplinary papers indicated that she had been suspended for "possession of a controlled substance," even though she was guilty of nothing more than expressing her written interest in one of the largest political topics of today...
“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
In every society, each citizen will eventually come to a crossroad in which a choice must be made. It is a choice that will not only define the society, but ultimately, define the individual. It is an age old battle between right and wrong, good and evil, moral and immoral. After all, every person involved in creating the many different laws that Americans must adhere to, are only human. Meaning, that each is susceptible to greed and all the many different forms of treachery that could potentially alter ones ability to clearly and morally strike laws into place.
Today, this defining moment is happening for us all. With the new poll showing that 74 percent of Americans believe that marijuana has real medical benefits and will soon be completely legalized, most are beginning to feel a bit morally wrong about continuing to look the other way as our government profits off the overwhelmingly high percentage of nonviolent marijuana arrests. As of January 2014, over 25 percent of the federal prison population was incarcerated for nonviolent marijuana offenses. An overwhelming 50 percent of that total population was arrested for Drug related crimes. The federal prison population has increased by almost 790 percent since 1980. In a country where fifty percent of the federal prison population is incarcerated due to laws that the vast majority are speaking out against, it is the right as well...
“The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation.” - Cheryl Hughes
At one point in this nation’s history journalism was an honorable and respected craft. It embodied a sense of duty to the people, a dedication to the freedom of information and the people’s right to the truth. It was carried out by men of honor, men who were revered. As always there will be some who choose to go against the grain and act out of desire and greed, but today the American people are seeing a complete loss of accountability within their trusted media.
Today one would be hard pressed to find a main stream media source that isn’t sponsored or completely backed by a corporate or private source. The problem being, that these financial sources have very specific agendas and would go as far as to broadcast information that was knowingly untrue to suit their needs. The facts and the truth are a secondary concern. With the addition of the internet to that equation, the idea of today’s media is intermingled with countless news outlets that can wildly claim unsubstantiated facts with no fear of reprisal. Yet, many Americans will still read, believe and repost those very same articles nonetheless. So the sad truth is that most of the country is being mislead about what is actually happening.
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell
Americans shared a combination of shock and exuberance when President Obama made his recent statement to The New Yorker in regard to alcohol being more dangerous than marijuana. This raised many questions as well as a call to action that was clearly heard by those waiting for the right moment. In February, 18 members of Congress went as far as to send Obama a formal letter indicating their strong desire to reevaluate how the federal government regulates marijuana. One would think this statement was the herald of change. However, the Obama administration set out to dance around the issue while continuing to drag their feet.
“We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at and reexamine how the drug is scheduled, as I said there is a great degree of expertise that exists in Congress. It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made.”
This statement was made by Attorney General Eric Holder on April 4 of this year. Clearly, 18 members of Congress sending formal requests for action in the previous months, represents just the proposal that this statement suggests has yet to be made.
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” - Nelson Madela
Meet Joe Cannabis (Joe’s real name has been changed at his request).
Joe is your average American citizen. He smokes marijuana for fun every so often but has slowed down after the birth of his second child, primarily for financial reasons. Like most Americans today, Joe feels that marijuana is grossly misrepresented by our government and feels that it is no different than tobacco or alcohol. However, he lives in a country where it is unfortunately still illegal, so he keeps his feelings to himself. Not so long ago, legislation was passed that made it possible for regulated dispensaries to legally operate within his home state. Having a pro marijuana mentality and a strong belief in the medical uses of cannabis, Joe decided to open a dispensary and get in on the ground floor; assuring that his growing family would have a secure financial future. Assuming that his state would not lead him astray, he invested all his saving into this pioneering venture. Being on the forefront of this Marijuana Movement, Joe was unfortunately one of the many who felt the unjust wrath of the Federal Government, who decided that they no longer agreed with the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States...
“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life, I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” -President Barack Obama, The New Yorker
The United States finds Itself in the beginning of an era. One of moral, civic and patriotic rediscovery. An era where the people once again find their voice and remember that the power has always resided with the American majority and not the elite few. It is every conscientious individual’s responsibility to inform the public of the truth when that truth is so obviously being disregarded by those who’s very duty it is to inform. Even with all that has shifted due to the current Marijuana Movement, many men of both authoritative, and political standing continue to state proven misconceptions and flat out lies. Political agendas have always had a way of blurring the distinction between fact and fiction to suit the needs of its architect. It is for this very reason that it is important to educate oneself and not be cowed along by the agendas of men who’s only true allegiance is to money. The current facts courtesy of Drugpolicy.org:
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” Thomas Jefferson
The idea of the United States, at one point, was synonymous with the idea of power, morality, and leadership. A shining light in a world drowning within its own corruption and dishonesty. Choices were made that reverberated throughout the free world; clearing the path for those striving to break free from the shackles of coercion. The mission of The Last American Vagabond has always been to shine light on the dark corners of our society and force the average citizen to think for themselves. To look beyond whatever bias nonsense one chooses to read or watch from the mainstream media and develop one’s own opinion using common sense and deductive logic. Americans find themselves in a country today that has shed the extra mental weight of it’s morality and leadership, but deftly held on to it’s power. Looking at where this country began, compared to where it currently stands, one can honestly wonder with whom that power currently resides.
The system once set in place by our Forefathers, designed to give power to the people, is now only a phantom shell of what it once was. Enough of the shell remains to allow those unwilling...
At what point in the history of the United States did the will of the majority become a choice for the Federal Government? When did the rights as citizens of this country become tangible objects that could be molded to suit the motives of whoever is in control? These are questions that every American needs to be asking themselves with every breach of the constitution that gets deftly swept under the rug. Every moment in this country someone’s rights are abused by the very men meant to protect them. Within human nature there has always been an inherent potential for evil, for greed. This is known to us all, and is exactly why the law of the land is set in place to provide safety, or at least the illusion of safety. The only possible fault in this structure lies in the actions of those charged with upholding such protections. When those we look to for retribution fail to act, or are the perpetrators themselves, every delusion of safety is lost and the reality behind their inaction becomes painfully clear.
There are many documented events of government officials committing dramatic violations to the rights and protection that every American is entitled to.
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
In a society so wrought with controversy, starvation and conflicting agendas, it becomes easy to take advantage of the people’s desperate need for a solution. Those claiming to have a cure all will always arise, but in this uncertain world it is rarely that simple and deception is usually involved. Monsanto is a company that all should be aware of, if not already fear. They are patenting genetically modified organisms, (GMO’s) seeds designed to withstand chemical herbicides. Monsanto claims to be working for the farmers but by locking companies into licensing arrangements, and collecting royalties by claiming that the seed is now the “intellectual property” of Monsanto, they are raising the cost of seed which these farmers are now forced to buy. This is pushing the small farmers out of business. Open pollinated seeds are replaced by genetically altered seeds, and a renewable resource becomes a nonrenewable, patented commodity.