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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Colorado Marijuana legalization has more projected votes than Obama and Romney

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J.G. Vibes

The debates may still be on every television channel and the artificially generated hype may be just as heavy as every other election year, but more and more people are starting to see the two major political parties as being just two heads on the same beast. 

Just this week Time‘s Mark Halperin published a copy of the 21-page agreement that the Obama and Romney campaigns negotiated establishing the rules for this month’s debates, further exposing the fraud of the electoral system.

People are beginning to understand that fundamental changes need to take place in society for any kind of peace or freedom to be achieved, and that those changes are not going to come from the top down, they can only come from the bottom up. However, there are some states where people have the ability to vote to repeal certain oppressive laws in regards to the drug war, and these measures are actually becoming more popular than the candidates themselves. 
In Colorado for example, an amendment to legalize marijuana has more support than both Obama and Romney. A University of Denver poll from last week found that 50 percent of likely voters plan to back the marijuana legalization initiative, with 47 percent planning to vote for Obama and 43 percent for Romney. 

In states where voting for legalization has become an option people seem more interested in that than the presidential elections, because they know that if they can actually get a prohibition repealed that will actually have a positive impact on their lives and their communities. With either presidential candidate people know that they are just going to get more war, more government control and an expanded police state, so it is easy to see why the battle for head slave master has taken a back seat in some of these states where legalization is an option.

In reality, a prohibition of any kind is a scam, and the drug war is a racket of many prohibitions. What the drug war actually accomplishes is the establishment of black markets and gangs, the erosion of personal liberties, the expansion of the prison system and prison population as well as a constant excuse for frivolous government spending. This hypothesis has been tested time and time again, anytime throughout history where a ruling power has prohibited the consumption or possession of any item whatsoever. 

This process was made quite clear during the alcohol prohibition of the 1920s and 1930s. As we saw with alcohol prohibition, making a substance illegal does nothing to stifle its use, but simply creates outlaws out of nonviolent people and foments a culture of violence that the rest of society is forced to deal with, even if they have no interest at all in the banned substance.

Prohibitions of any kind should be opposed, for the reasons I have laid out in the past. However, marijuana is of a specific immediate importance though, because of its ability to heal sick people and create more environmentally friendly industrial products. It is also one of the safest drugs known to our species. 

This week the U.S. Court of Appeals will finally address a ten-year-old lawsuit, brought by Americans for Safe Access, in which experts will present scientific evidence on marijuana’s therapeutic properties, challenging the official DEA position that it is a dangerous drug with no medical value. This will be the first time in nearly 20 years that the drugs schedual 1 status has been up for review, and highlights a growing resistance to the drug war, and specifically marijuana prohibition.

J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio. He is also an artist with an established record label and event promotion company that hosts politically charged electronic dance music events. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website

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