posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 07:31 PM
People of ATS.
I have always thought of this group as some of the brightest people one the web. However after reading some of the posts on this thread, I cant help
but retract my initial thoughts.
You play into the governments game so easily, but you also think that you are so much more aware than the average joe.
Go do some research on the drug war, find some numbers, dig up some truth then come back here and try and debate about it.
First of all the first piece of legislation that started down the road of a drug war was in 1937 and was called the Marihuana stamp act (correct
spellin chillout). What this did was make all possession of marijuana illegal unless you had a stamp saying how much you could carry. Treasury held
onto these stamps and they hardly if ever gave any to anyone. So in a sense they made marijuana illegal. Before this act it was legal and a popular
substitute to alcohol and cigarettes.
During I think WWI (it might have been WWII) It was made legal again and was utilized mainly by Amercan industry. Hemp fiber is very strong easy to
produce and the crops grow very very quickly so hemp is the mega crop of industry. Aside from fiber for clothing, hemp can be used for many things
ranging from food to medicine. It is a very versitle and profitable plant.
Yet after that it was again made illegal sometime around the Sixties, This is where the modern prohibition began. A lot of specualtions can be made as
to why is was made illegal again, hippies smoked cannabis so maybe it was a stab at their movement, Nixon was quoted saying how kids would get
together smoke weed and talk to each other so maybe it was to make people more suseptible to TV and advertisments. The official stroy they stuck with
was that it is bad for you, you know it kills brain cell makes you lazy destroys memory ect. However they had little scientific evidence to back their
claims (that it ws bad for you) up.
In the seventies research was done and in a report known as the Shafer Report marijuana was cleared of its bad reputation. The report detailed that
marijuana wasnt a problem to public health or safety. Nixon read the report but ignored its message and started the drug war.
In the nineties the government contiued to show only its biased research that said marijuana use was restricted to "D" average students (basically
saying marijuana user were losers), that marijuana causes brain cells to die, so on and so forth.
Now in the year 2009 research from all over the world is proving that without a doubt marijuana is not as bad as its being made out to be. Research
has shown that THC induces brain cell gowth, THC can reverse the growth of tumorous cells in the body, medically it can be prescribed for over 200
ailments (thats more than you'll get from poisenous big pharma meds). THC is the active chemical in marijuana. In over 5,000 years of recorded use no
one has ever died from marijuana use.
Right now if we were to legalize marijuana and tax it we would open up a 40 billion dollar industry in the USA creating millions of jobs.
Open your eyes people, wake up and free yourself from their propoganda. Do some research.