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My letter to the FDA on cannabis legalization.

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posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 01:30 PM
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The FDA is accepting comments on the schedule one status of cannabis. I have decided to share my letter with you folks at ATS, and hope you will take action as well.

The letter is as follows:
This message is not automated. I spent time writing this for you to read. Please read this all the way through.

I am, and many American citizens are tired of Cannabis users being crusaded against for laws that were created due to the lack of taxation control and racism towards black jazz musicians and Mexican migrants.

Louie Armstrong is just one of the jazz musicians I am referencing. In his era of music, many people were racist. Because he was famous, and had a relationship with cannabis while being a black american many people associated cannabis with black american culture and tried to drive it out.

The word Marijuana itself has origins in Mexico, though it is unclear the exact time frame in which it came to use.
Again, people in the early 20th century were very openly racist against Migrant Mexicans and their culture.
Here is an excerpt from an article discussing this topic. (I did not write the article)

"The word “marijuana” comes from Mexico, but its exact origins remain unknown. According to the book Cannabis: A History by Martin Booth, it may derive from an Aztec language or soldiers’ slang for “brothel” – Maria y Juana.

The practice of smoking it arrived in the US from the south during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mexican laborers and soldiers carried it into the American south-west. Sailors brought it from Brazil and the Caribbean when they docked in New Orleans, where black jazz musicians adopted it."

There is nothing wrong with cannabis use. People have used it for thousands of years in homeopathic medical practice, as well as to relieve stress. It is much safer than cigarettes and alcohol.

It is ridiculous that cannabis use is illegal, that people with debilitating illnesses, and high stress cannot use it AT HOME and keep their day jobs. The very definition of schedule one drugs contradicts itself in the case of cannabis by stating it has no medicinal value.

According to a multitude of polls, over 50% of Americans support its legalization, as well as some senators.
In addition to this we could be using the money from the $1 Billion black market industry to fund education. It would also create jobs for citizens that are unemployed. It would also prevent billions of dollars a year being wasted on criminalizing users.

Every prisoner who was placed in prison for cannabis could have their lives back, they could see their families again. This would also help with the recent disdain for our current lawmakers.

It is far past time for the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis. The world is changing, Nixon era cannabis policies are no longer relevant to our societies view. They are also not based on factual, scientific research. (Unless you count suffocating monkeys as scientific research.

In addition to this there are many people who could benefit from it such as people with neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease or epilepsy. This could change lives for the better.

A summary and further data:
Legalizing Cannabis would decrease the law enforcement spending significantly. I have included some data on this.

The amount states will spend enforcing marijuana laws over the next six years is $20 Billion USD.

The average per-diem cost of housing an inmate arrested due to a marijuana-related offense is $950 USD. The yearly sum of this is $346,750 USD per inmate.
(Source link, an actual PDF of the ACLU report.
www.aclu.org...)

On the illegal market and associated violence:
The black market cannabis industry generates billions of non-tax deductible dollars per year. This money goes to individuals and gangs.
This might make you associate cannabis with gang activity, but please read and think about the following statement.

The Black market industry heads WANT CANNABIS ILLEGAL. The illegality is why it is profitable for them. If we were to legalize or decriminalize cannabis this would take the power and money away from them. Many of these people are violent, but they are not violent because they use cannabis. They are violent because they are trying to protect their illegal income. The illegal income promotes their luxurious lifestyle, and they would do anything to protect it.

So, Legalizing cannabis would take power and money away from the actual violent people.
Cannabis use in itself does not cause violence, it is the drive for money and power in the black market industry that creates the violence.

Cannabis and death:
Cannabis use, in itself, has never been recorded to cause a single death in all of recorded history. Like anything else it has a toxicity and overdose limit. But it such a low toxicity you would never be able to reach it. You would fall asleep WAY before you could ever overdose on it.

In fact, more people die from overdosing on water than cannabis. More people also die from eating peanuts, and swallowing stuff from under the sink.

Would you make water illegal because of people overdosing on it?

On the argument that it would make it more available to children:

Currently, there is no regulation on the cannabis market on a federal level. So there is no control on who can acquire cannabis.

Illegal market cannabis dealers do not care who they sell it to. All they want is money, no matter how they get it.
In legal states there is regulation on who can and cannot purchase cannabis.

The legal cannabis dealers, not wanting to lose their business and income, refuse to sell to anyone who is under 21. In these states you must present identification proving you are of the legal age.

"What if someone was to buy it for them?"
Perhaps this could happen, but the executor of purchasing a legal substance treated like alcohol would be committing a criminal offense.

Currently children can simply purchase it themselves, so this would add another preventative measure to them acquiring it.

On the argument that this would increase the amount of DID (Driving under the influence of drugs):

Many people already illegally drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs, despite the illegality of it. We could use part of the multi billions of dollars of tax money, gained from cannabis legalization, to educate people on why these actions are dangerous.

Cannabis has less inhibiting effects than alcohol, and drunk drivers happen all the time anyway.

On the argument that Cannabis legalization would increase crime rates:

This argument is particularly misguided and an unintelligent assumption spouted by uninformed people.

The illegality of cannabis makes it a crime. Removing cannabis from the schedule one substance list would make it no longer a crime. People would not be jailed for it, thus reducing crime rates.

As I discussed earlier, this would also free up tax money for better things. Additionally, cannabis users do not become violent because of cannabis. You are either a violent person or you are not. If violence is in your nature, you will be violent regardless.

Cannabis consumption is more likely to make you eat more food, watch tv, and stay home, rather than harm others.

On the opioid crisis:
Cannabis can be used as an alternative to opiods in pain treatment.
This is a big issue currently.

Though I am not going to delve into the statistics on this one, I have




posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 01:31 PM
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posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 01:39 PM
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Please feel free to comment. I would love to hear anti-cannabis arguments and opinions so that I can further my pro-cannabis arguments.

I challenge people on social media all the time to do so and have yet to receive a response. I know ATS loves to argue so have at me.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 01:44 PM
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I'm sure that the people at the FDA are going to read these letters.


Maybe they will take them to the pub and have a comedian read them to a crowd of patrons at the bar to see how much laughs they get..


Although I see this as a serious issue, I do not think that the FDA is going to do anything based on these letters. Unless there were at least million of them they would not take it serious. Even then, any legislation that would be passed would protect the Pharma and medical industries more than the people of this country.

I am sorry I have to be so real, but I bet most of you would agree nothing will come of this. Cannabis is a good medicine for some things, they seem to want to regulate medicines in this country. If coffee is deemed a medicine, the FDA would automatically seize control of it.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 01:53 PM
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a reply to: rickymouse

I agree with you that it will likely be ignored.
But if no one tries it will stand no chance of being heard.

I appreciate you being real.

My reps are probably getting tired of my emails!!!



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 01:56 PM
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a reply to: Luuke123


Be careful, your pro-herb stance may get you stopped by a New Jersey State Trooper who may decide to feel your junk up on the side of the highway.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 01:58 PM
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originally posted by: Luuke123
a reply to: rickymouse

I agree with you that it will likely be ignored.
But if no one tries it will stand no chance of being heard.

I appreciate you being real.

My reps are probably getting tired of my emails!!!


At least it makes us feel better saying something to try to fix something that is wrong. No feeling of guilt for not trying anyway.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 02:04 PM
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Did you send a big check with the letter?
You might have to out spend the drug lobbyist's.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 02:32 PM
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a reply to: Luuke123

Maria y Juana?

Hell, legalize that instead. I can cite all kinds of good health benefits





edit on 10-4-2018 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 02:50 PM
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a reply to: Luuke123

Isn't De-criminalization preferred over legalization?
Legalization means regulations and oversight.
Monsanto and Beyer.
Or am I wrong?

Either way, it should not be a crime to indulge.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 03:47 PM
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Unfortunately, the FDA will read and entertain these letters just like the FCC did with the remarks regarding neutrality.

They're going to say "Hey cool, look at these. How special." and proceed to throw them in the trash.

They still make way too much money off of prison and judicial systems to ever legalize on a federal level.

The government cares more about ruining lives than bettering them.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 03:59 PM
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It's a disjointed letter that immediately leaps to racism as the reason for its illegality, then skips around a half dozen different issues in no apparent order. I'd hate to be the person assigned to read this stuff. Your letter will have zero impact. it doesn't make a lot of sense.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 04:02 PM
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a reply to: Luuke123

Important topic.

For some people the stuff is simply too much, but many many people have benefitted from the plant's medicinal properties for a number of good reasons.

I think the biggest way I saw it help people was its anti seizure/convulsivd properties.
edit on 4102018 by CreationBro because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 04:12 PM
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Thank you for writing.

It takes guts. I applaud your conviction.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 04:56 PM
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a reply to: schuyler

It skips around to arguments that are very common when these bills (such as hb 2353 in IL) come up. I wanted to cover as many as I could think of.

But I am not an expert writer.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 04:59 PM
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As for the reason racism is half my argument, is because it is half the reason it is illegal in the first place.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 04:59 PM
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a reply to: Gravelbone

Yes decriminalization is much better. But these money grabbing legislators are much more interested in the tax dollars.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 05:01 PM
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a reply to: CreationBro

Yes both are good properties. As well as the fact that it coats your neurons in a neuroprotective layer, that is some cases, such as with parkinsons disorder, can prevent the neurons from misfiring.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 05:02 PM
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Even if they just reduced it to a small fine at first, I would accept it, just remove the GD records system so I would be "allowed" to get a respectable job, if needed.

That whole process to the "justice" system is complete BS. and is designed to manufacture criminals for prisons.

Its the equivalent if burning a witch symbol onto someone's forehead.

The process has almost made me give up, because I'm not interested in being a career criminal.

You are doing God's work.

If we don't start getting laws that make sense, then it is time to get a new system.



posted on Apr, 10 2018 @ 05:04 PM
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a reply to: Luuke123

I have never used it, but support its legalization.

I have been around people that are drunk and people that are high and I vastly prefer people that are high. Also, I am almost always for MORE rights for my fellow citizens regardless of if they directly affect me or not.




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