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September 30, 2012 – Digest for s..s@a2c2.us – 6 Messages in 4 Topics

 

    Bruce Margolin <s..s@a2c2.us> Sep 30 02:48PM -0700  

    Brenda , Richard and others ,
    Love the Pacassa ! See you at the Hemp Musium exhibition.
    Peace and cannabis , Bruce
     
    Sent from my iPhone
     
    Begin forwarded message:
     

     

 

    Weed Activist <s..s@a2c2.us> Sep 30 11:09AM -0700  

    Source: http://weedactivist.com/being-better-today-than-we-were-yesterday/
     
    Being better today than we were
    yesterday…<http://weedactivist.com/being-better-today-than-we-were-yesterday/>
     
    September 30, 2012 *in I Like
    Weed<http://weedactivist.com/category/i-like-weed/>
    , Mass Incarceration <http://weedactivist.com/category/mass-incarceration/>
    , Messaging <http://weedactivist.com/category/messaging/>, Weed
    Activism<http://weedactivist.com/category/weed-activism/>
    , Weed Freedom <http://weedactivist.com/category/weed-freedom/>*
     
    <http://weedactivist.com/being-better-today-than-we-were-yesterday/bebetter/>
     
    The epic battle for cannabis freedom was waged many years ago. Over the
    decades of cannabis prohibition, those charged with defending the honor of
    the cannabis plant have failed to win the war, and to return cannabis to
    its rightful place as a safe, enjoyable, and helpful resource. We have
    failed to stop the militarization of our police forces and the mass
    incarceration of our fellow man. We have allowed the propaganda of those
    who profit off of the drug war to overcome the sensibility of a nation and
    the world. To this point, *we have ultimately failed*.
     
    That can be a tough pill to swallow. For those of us that have been
    standing around the cannabis reform water-cooler for many many years, it is
    difficult to understand that we have FAILED to make a real difference, and
    that we continue to see record number of arrests and people losing their
    standing in the community for weed. It is a terrible injustice that we have
    failed to put an end to before hundreds of thousands of lives have been
    destroyed.
     
    Let that sit with you a minute. Let that resonate in that big brain of
    yours. Even the latest tracking polls that show 50% or more of Americans
    now support cannabis freedom still means we have failed to reach half of
    the people with a message that is really a no-brainer.
     
    *Cannabis prohibition is not working. There is more cannabis available than
    ever. We lock up 5x more people than the rest of the world, many for weed.
    We have wasted a trillion dollars. We have ruined the lives of innumerable
    good people. We have created a very dangerous black market for weed. We
    have enslaved mostly poor people in prison work camps with draconian
    mandatory minimum sentencing laws for weed. Cannabis prohibition is EVIL.*
     
    That is a pretty easy argument to make that should convince MOST (like
    80-90%) sensible-minded people that it is time to take a new direction. But
    we have failed to deliver that message apparently, as we can barely scrape
    the 50% mark.
     
    So what has gone wrong? Why can our message get no traction? Where have WE
    gone wrong in making our case to the masses? Why can’t we figure out how to
    end this madness by making a clear and concise case for reform? How do we
    continue to let evil policies undercut the fabric of our society and
    bankrupt our communities?
     
    If we can begin to understand where we have failed in the past, chances are
    we can right the ship and make REAL and MEANINGFUL progress in the future.
    We have the opportunity to make things right. We CAN do this. But it will
    take a good dose of truth and self-examination for us to understand where
    we have failed, so that we can not fail in the future. We could use a
    moment of self-purification in the cannabis movement. We need to take a
    moment to step back and acknowledge that we have messed some things up, and
    to develop sound strategies for not making those same mistakes going
    forward.
     
    We CAN be better today than we were yesterday. It is possible; but if we
    continue to do the same shit for another few decades we should not wonder
    why it is not working. It will not work because we did not take the time to
    make it work. It will be us who are to blame for allowing ego and bravado
    to overcome justice and morality. It will be us who did not give enough, or
    dedicate ourselves enough, to make the difference.
     
    We are better than this. The cannabis plant deserves better than the
    current situation will allow. If we are truly committed to making cannabis
    legal for adults to use as they please, then we have a lot of hard work to
    do. The task is far from impossible, but it will take great sacrifice
    and compromise within the community.
     
    Yesterday is gone and there is no bringing that back. But today is here and
    we owe it to ourselves to take a closer look at what we MUST do to finally
    end this thing once and for all. I am open for that
    discussion, hopefully sooner than later. There is no “I” in freedom…..

     

    "Axis of Love SF, Shona Gochenaur" <s..s@a2c2.us> Sep 29 10:14PM -0700  

    On Sep 29, 2012 12:22 PM, "Patient Advocacy Network" <