Lobbyists for industries which comprise the "economics of punishment" are probably the largest, most influential group of unelected, policy-making "bureauc-rats." Infesting our legislatures they shmooze our "erected officials," inflating obscene budgets for the profitized prison industry, feeding the corrupt political elite.
Entrenched "drug war" posturing maintains the counter-productive prohibition, even though it's been proven over seventy years to only make drug abuse and violent crime worse. The so-called "confused message" being sent to our young people is that "Drugs are so bad, we're going to create an entire black market economy that will insure their inflated street value and their attractiveness to you rebellious young people." Especially poor, young, People of color, surviving in conditions so bad that anyone would deal drugs, if that was the only way to pay the bills.
Most people realize we're being mis-led by a broken "politiconomic" system, addicted to war, pollution and radioactivity, increasing everywhere. Are We still intimidated by an evermore thuggish government? Or are Americans stunned to inaction by some residual TV-socialised desire to be good boys & girls, longing for "things to be the way they used to be"?
How else would you explain our Austrian-born governor vetoing hemp cultivation in the California Republic, when in his native country, Cannabis farming is subsidised by the European Union? Well, We ain't buyin that anymore.
Our forefathers didn't die for the freedom to complain. Prohibition is over when the people say it is, not when the politicians sober up to what's real.
The shortest distance between where we are and where we need to go is our existing religious freedom. The Bill of Rights, Article 1 begins,"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
Whether we embrace Cannabis spirituality as a part of our experience with The Herb is up to each of us individually, naturally. Existing legal protection for the Cannabis culture will be instituted as soon as significant numbers of people actively claim our common, spiritual freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed."