Monday, October 25, 2010

Comment on AlterNet article "19 Reasons Pot Should Be Legal"

For eighteen years I've been working hard (in the US and in Europe) to completely end Cannabis prohibition. I wrote "The Fundamental Challenge of Our Time", translated into Dutch and adopted as the manifesto for the Cannabis College in Amsterdam in 1998. (

I've had a formal complaint on-line since 2003

and challenged two state attorneys general then planted Cannabis publicly twice, demanding to be arrested for something that has never been truly illegal. I've also been convicted as a tax protester for refusing to give money to an outlaw political regime, violating its own Constitution.

Of course prohibition of the world's most healing, useful and nutritious herb has to end. Anyone who doesn't know that by now is either heartless, brainless or economically corrupted by Cannabis-competitive industries (i.e. fossil fuels, chemical ag, pharma, timber, etc...).

Prop 19 doesn't end prohibition of marijuana or industrial hemp. "Prop-up Prohibition #19" perpetuates the "drug war" by equating marijuana with alcohol, imposing convoluted legal penalties on some people, and raises revenues through regulations and punishment under the bogus, arrogant assumption of rightful jurisdiction.

Prop 19 concedes rightful jurisdiction, disregarding our right to"every herb bearing seed" gutting traditions of spirituality associated with agriculture, the agrarian backbone of the First Amendment, by "acquiescence."

"Acquiescence is a legal term used to describe an act of a person in knowingly standing by without raising any objection to infringement of his rights..."permission" given by silence or passiveness....Acceptance or agreement by keeping quiet or by not making objections."

The reasons presented here for voting 'Yes' on "Prohibition-lite" are simplistic. As does "Poop 19" it embraces illusions of harm rather than benefit associated with ingestion of Cannabis. Science has repeatedly proven otherwise.

The best "medicine" is the one that keeps you from getting sick in the first place. Cannabis seed nutrition achieves that, while the stress relief provided by marijuana (particularly when you grow your own) helps in a myriad of other ways.

No court has the right to tell you that you can't grow Cannabis -- it's unique and essential for three very specific reasons. Only you can give away your rights (and everyone else's) by accepting imposed authority and disingenuous assessment of Cannabis from a morally and financially bankrupt, economically corrupted regime. Only by "We the People" failing to recognize the true essential value of Cannabis has prohibition persisted, insulting compassion, reason, the sacrifices made for freedom, while betraying the trust of future generations.

Cannabis isn't illegal - it's essential. No tax on pot. And no government regulation of any non-GMO, organic "herb bearing seed."

"Essential civilian demand" for the "strategic resource" Cannabis is desperately needed. Non-violent Green Prisoners need to be released and compensated for the crimes committed against them in the name of an illegal prohibition.

The bees are dying. The coral reefs are dying. The boreal forests are dying. How bad do things have to get before all solutions are considered? A massive planting of Cannabis is the only thing that can save our stupid, short-sighted human asses.

Where's a "fair and balanced" editorial policy at AlterNet? Why isn't this information allowed to progress beyond the comments section of this news service before the election? You may think Prop 19 "legalizes" marijuana, but it doesn't. People are so desperate for this change they'd grasp at razor blades to see it happen.

"19 Reasons Pot Should Be Legal"