Mount Shasta Herald
Letters to the Editor
Re: “Marijuana I.D. card hearing scheduled” October 22, 2008
October 25, 2008
Before the perverse county “ordinance,” imposing a self-serving tax, sinks its revenue-raising tentacles into the ill and dying people of Siskiyou County, it is urgent to recognize once and for all that no government has ever had rightful jurisdiction over natural resources that are both essential and unique. A rationale, science-based assessment of Cannabis agriculture is happening all over the world, reversing public attitudes toward both industrial hemp agriculture and ‘marijuana’ cultivation.
The true costs and incredible harms being created by a failed “drug war” linger on in this tax against people who are shamelessly preyed upon by state and federal governments. Revenue raising by voracious “drug war dinosaurs” targets people who are already struggling with illnesses, ranging from cancer and chronic pain to multiple sclerosis and clinical depression. Most are on fixed incomes.
Increased fees blatantly reward unaccountable public servants; the economics of punishment churns through our natural born rights and hard-won freedoms; the global environment suffers and world economies crumble.
How bad do things have to get before all solutions are considered? Every generation is responsible for reclaiming the rights that previous generations have sacrificed so much more than most of us can comprehend. The so-called “drug war,” hypocritical and selective as it is, has imposed the economics of scarcity, a violent black market, food insecurity and epidemic malnutrition on the world.
Because of ‘marijuana’ prohibition, all Cannabis agriculture is foolishly and tragically forbidden. Where’s the “free-market” economics in that? What an insult to our ancestors, rendering their sacrifices obsolete and pointless.
All those interested in the process of “essential civilian demand,” for reclaiming our freedom to farm “every herb bearing seed” are encouraged to attend or otherwise support strong community participation in the November 18th meeting.
Paul von Hartmann
California Cannabis Ministry