The excitement I received when my first order of cannabis seeds arrived from overseas made the future look bright and cheery. Watching these fast growing plants develop and grow in my own indoor garden was awesome. This combined with the warm light and abundance of fresh oxygen made it worth every penny. But, the best part – the cannabis was working, medicinally. Being able to grow safe natural cannabis without the use of chemicals, meant freedom had arrived.
I now agree with the millions of others who have had similar positive results and also believe that cannabis is a miraculous plant. The only problem in all this – cannabis and hemp are classified as Schedule 1 drugs on the Federal level. The penalty for using Schedule 1 drugs may land you in prison for the rest of your life.
However, in Michigan, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) law allows patients to grow cannabis if certified. This Schedule1 classification was of no concern to me since I was certified. Then it dawned on me, things seem to have changed over the past few years within state governments as well as the Federal government. My perception is that lawmakers are no longer serving or protecting the American people anymore. In fact, it seems as if they are working against the will of the people as the following examples show.
Cannabis is clearly a state’s’ right issue. The 10th Amendment spells that out and the one lawmaker who is supposed to protect the states’ rights is the state attorney general. But, Michigan’s attorney general Bill Schuette hasn’t shown any support for cannabis at all. In fact, MLive reports: “Ever since, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette – a fierce opponent of the 2008 (Michigan’s Medical Marijuana law) – has aggressively encouraged and assisted the closure and criminal prosecution of those seeking to sell pot under the 2008 law.” What? Schuette is a fierce opponent of the law? Isn’t he supposed to be a fierce proponent of the laws?
Another published article titled: Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Obsessed with Marijuana states: “At his (anti-pot) seminars, Scheutte instructed officers to arrest patients, confiscate any medical marijuana, and let the courts decide whether a crime had been committed. The AG went on further to explain that if a police officer returned the seized cannabis to the patient or caregiver, they themselves could be charged with the felony offense of delivery of a schedule one controlled substance.” Source: http://komornlaw.com/michigan-attorney-general-bill-schuette-obsessed-with-marijuana/ Wow, in America? The AG is threatening the cops that if they obey the laws they themselves could be charged with the felony offense …?
What is most disturbing is Schuette’s statement “…let the courts decide whether a crime has been committed…” Does Schuette believe he has enough of his “brand of judges” in place to just blatantly disregard the patient’s rights under the MMMP and instead prosecute these patients as criminals?
It’s clear – AG Schuette has a deep seated hatred for God’s green herb, and it doesn’t look like he will allow the law to get in his way of persecuting those patients who use cannabis.
On the Federal level just last week, on July 23, the House of Reps in Washington DC passed H.R. 1599, a bill which preempts state and local authority to label and regulate genetically engineered food. Dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, the bill passed by a vote of 275-150.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association and companies including Pepsi, biotech giant Monsanto and Koch Industries backed the bill. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), who introduced the bill, has been one of the single largest recipients of campaign funds from Koch Industries. Source: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/07/27/surprise-pro-gmo-lawmakers-get-big-funds-agribusiness-lobbies
The Feds and biotech giants like Monsanto aren’t big fans of anything “natural” – especially God’s green herb. If they can’t patent it – it is automatically an enemy to their patentable products. And, if Monsanto can twist the food around to the point where they don’t want you to know what you are eating, their friends in DC will protect them to keep the people in the dark. The health concerns of the vast majority of concerned Americans who aren’t comfortable with GMO’s are written off as a few activists.
On the other hand, we all know how safe and beneficial cannabis is. Yet, health officials argue cannabis should remain illegal because of the unknown health risks associated with it. Therefore, those caught using it could be fined or imprisoned. It sounds far fetched until you hear about people like Jeff Mizanskey from Missouri. Jeff has served over 21 years of a life sentence for three nonviolent cannabis offenses.
Or, how about Shona Banda, the mother from Kansas, Mike Pompeo’s state, who was treating her Crohn’s disease illegally with medical cannabis. Authorities took her son away and put him in protective state custody.
Charges against her, include two misdemeanors—endangering a child and possession of drug paraphernalia—and three felonies: unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of equipment used to manufacture a controlled substance, and distribution or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property. The distribution charge, a “drug severity level 1 felony,” carries the longest maximum sentence: 17 years. Some interpret the law to say she could be in for up to 34 years.
At least her son will be safe from her and her natural medicine if she’s locked away until he is a grown adult, right? America: are we really going to let this lady go to jail for possibly 34 years for treating her Crohn’s disease with cannabis?
The hypocrisy couldn’t be more obvious. GMO producers say GMOs are safe. So safe in fact that the public doesn’t need to know what’s in these new “pharmaceuticalized foods” that they will be feeding us from now on. On the other hand, the Feds claim cannabis and hemp have no medicinal value and are highly addicting and therefore should remain classified as Schedule 1 drugs. According to the Feds, “Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.”
Paranoia on my part? I hope so. But, who will be filling all those empty prison cells out there in all those prisons that have quietly implemented the “Prisons for Profits” business model? Will they be filed with executives from Pepsi, the Koch brothers or Monsanto? Or will it be nonviolent cannabis users from all across the nation who are violating federal law by growing, distributing and using a Schedule 1 drug?
Who would invest in such an un American “Prisons for Profits” model? The Pepsi executives, the Koch brothers and Monsanto investors are the most likely people to invest in the “Prisons for Profits” scheme. One can only imagine what these “investors” will do to the prisoners in order to increase their profit margins.
In their 3 minute movie titled The Worst Company in the World Wants You In Prison by Brave New Films, the producers ask: “Which private prison company made more than $1.7 billion last year alone? Corrections Corporation of America is the largest for-profit prison operator in the United States, with roughly 90,000 privatized prison beds in 20 states. CCA gets paid per day, per inmate at their facility, providing an incentive to maximize the number of people incarcerated. Combine the profit incentive with lobbying lawmakers, and you have a recipe for corruption.”
CCA’s contract with 48 states guarantees 90% occupancy over the term of its 20 year contract.
So, for me the answer is obvious. I personally would rather suffer the health consequences that may arise from going without the cannabis – then end up in an internment camp for “disloyal Americans”. I no longer wish to be on a state or federal registry as someone who is violating federal law. The thought of where this may go is dreadful.
Good bye, sayonara, and good riddance Medical Marijuana card! It was a wonderful experience while it lasted.