Cannabis and Liberty

Hello, my name is Mike, and I am NotYourAverageMillennial.

In today’s article I want to talk about cannabis. Whatever your opinion is about it, whether you are in favor or in opposition does not matter. What matters is that this is a medicinal plant that comes from nature and it has been made illegal or decriminalized (which just means the punishment is less severe) by some men who thought that they knew what was good for its citizens.

Today I will go through the history of cannabis, why it became illegal, the benefits of it and my honest opinion on what the policy on it should be.

Cannabis: A History Lesson

Cannabis was first discovered around 500 BC and is indigenous to Central and South Asia. It actually comes from the hemp plant, which was not only used as a herbal medicine, but also had multiple uses including material for food, clothing, plastics, oil based products, fuel, paper, and construction.

Here is also another interesting tidbit of information. Did you know that cannabis is found in the Bible? For those who are followers of the Christian faith, allow me to prove this to you.

In Genesis 1:29 it says the following:

” 29) Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed – to you it shall be food”

EVERY HERB. The last time I checked, cannabis was a herb and it yielded seed. So what gives a group of men consumed with power the right to say that no one has the right to use it and that you will be fined or imprisoned for it??

Are you still not convinced? Here is something else for you to put in your pipe and smoke (no pun intended). There is a word in Hebrew “qaneh boshem” which means “aromatic reed”. This word appears five times throughout the Old Testament in the books of Exodus, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. So this plant goes back even further than 500 BC.

The Cannabis Prohibition Era

In 1930, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was formed as the government’s push to outlaw all recreational drugs, including cannabis. Harry J. Anslinger, head of this bureau made the claim that smoking cannabis made people commit violent crimes and act irrational. This was also shown to be the case in the 1936 anti-cannabis propaganda film Reefer Madness. All this did was play on the public’s fears that cannabis was a dangerous drug, forwarding the government’s agenda of prohibition.

Although legislation for prohibition has relaxed, at least in some states, there are some that continue to make this plant illegal all under the false pretenses of the public safety. Gee that sounds familiar. That sounds just like trading liberty for security. As you can see, there is nothing new under the sun.

The next thing that needs to be discussed is the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. This effectively made the possession and sale of marijuana illegal throughout the United States under federal law. It also levied an excise tax on those using or cultivating cannabis for medical and industrial purposes.

On top that, Anslinger joined up with William Randolph Hearst using yellow journalism to step up their propaganda campaign against cannabis in order to influence public perception of it. But what makes this even worse is that this would destroy the hemp industry, which as stated earlier, has multiple beneficial uses and could be inexpensively produced.

On top of that, Hearst owed debts to Canadian paper producers which he used to print his newspaper. Not only that, Andrew Mellon, who was Secretary of the Treasury at the time, had a heavy interest in the nylon industry the Du Pont family owned, which would be threatened by hemp. So, as you can see, the point of attacking cannabis was never about protecting the citizens. It was about protecting selfish interests for profit. Again, there is nothing new under the sun.

Cannabis and Cancer

It has been coming out that cannabis is an effective treatment for cancer. “Run From the Cure” is a documentary that was released in 2008 by Canadian Rick Simpson where he praises hemp oil as a miracle drug when he used it in 2003 to cure himself of cancer.

Now even with this proof of success, hospitals and doctors still swear by chemotherapy. But what exactly is being pumped into cancer patients. Let us go through the list:

1) Mechlorethamine (causes fever, diarrhea, poor appetite, ringing in the ears, increased uric acid levels)

2) Cyclophosphamide (causes severe nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, temporary hair loss, changes in skin color)

3) Chlorambucil (damages sperm count in men, can cause infertility in women, can suppress bone marrow function, severe skin reactions)

4) Melphalan (weight loss, loss of appetite, blistering of skin, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, white patches/sores inside the mouth and on the lips, temporary hair loss)

5) Ifosfamide

These chemicals are derivatives of mustard gas. A WEAPON OF WAR! But the government cares about you enough to make cannabis illegal for your protection. Don’t make me laugh.

Here is something else for you to think about. Are you aware that the success rate for chemotherapy is only 3{de1724e584064e363723d4aed123ef967e24196cdfa4db13556f4d3514e5e174}? Well that doesn’t give me a lot of confidence. But this begs the question, if chemotherapy has such a low success rate, why do doctors still use it and refer to it as “effective treatment”? Well the answer to that is easy. They are “all about the benjamins”. Yes chemotherapy is expensive. According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, chemotherapy can range anywhere from $100 to $65,000 a month. WOW! All that money to pump suffering patients full of chemicals? Yeah I would personally choose the hemp oil any day.

Conclusion

Well I think I covered a plethora of information for you to chew on. I must let you know that I am not a doctor and that I am only sharing this information with you for educational purposes. If you really want a medical opinion then you should consult a doctor if you feel safer doing so. However, I would suggest questioning everything that any advice that any doctor suggests to you and not just blindly following it.

On top of that, I am not suggesting that everyone start smoking cannabis on account of this article. I am personally pro-cannabis but that does not mean that a non-smoker cannot be in favor of anyone else who decides to use it. Liberty is about live and let live. I am not in favor of religion (another article for another day) but I will not suppress anyone’s freedom of religion just because I don’t agree with it. After all, that is what liberty is about. It starts with liberty of thought.

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16 thoughts on “Cannabis and Liberty

  1. Ivan Brozincevic

    Man! This was thrilling. I got high just by reading.

    Joke on the side. I like to agree with your opinion. Especially if it is going to be used for medical purposes. It is a Gods gift, and the gift should not be thrown away. However, people as people, we will always abuse. I was under influence of weed for a short period of my life. I have drawn a great life lesson when I stopped smoking. Gods will work in mysterious ways. Now I have a purpose in my life, I have life goals. Who knows, if I haven’t tried it, maybe I would never discover all of those.

    Also, the number of chemical-free products we can get from it for day to day use! Toothpaste, skin creams, clothes, soaps, protein powders, And they even use it in construction as a bonding material… Amazing!

    Like your post very much!

    1. Thank you Ivan. Although I personally am a user of cannabis I do not judge those who choose not to. But I felt that it would be unfair not to share with people about the other uses that cannabis and hemp provide as well. Most importantly this post is to tell people that the government should not be legislating what an individual chooses to do with their bodies, whether it be smoking cannabis or drinking alcohol. As long as you are not hurting anyone else or trampling on their liberty to do what they please then this shouldn’t be an issue. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Wow, I had no idea about any of this… I am a non-smoker and have never used cannabis, but have always been curious about its medicinal purposes. I’d love it if you were to write another post on that subject. You are so right about the use of chemotherapy. My father was ill with cancer five years ago, and even there was no way he would live longer than a couple of months, his doctors insisted we let him have chemo. Crazy, since his tumors were on his brain! Then I read up on the money-making-machine that is chemotherapy and everything became a lot clearer. I wish I had known about the use of cannabis for curing cancer then, maybe we would have tried going that route.

    In any case, thank you for a great post!
    Best,
    Alenka

    1. Yes Alenka! There have been so much kept from us that has been detrimental to our health. Yes I will touch on this subject in a future post. At the very least people should know what chemicals are in chemotherapy before they make the decision to pursue it. Most people just choose to follow a doctor’s advice because we are conditioned to think that the doctor’s know best because they have the degrees and the training. The problem is that the doctors have been indoctrinated as well so they believe that they are doing the right thing. This is why liberty of thought is very important. It gives us the opportunity to question all that we thought was truth and we begin to look for the truth on our own. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Very good article. I’ve been very concerned about this subject for quite a while. The government has been too involved in making the “decisions” for us for too long. The more government control “for our benefit”, the fatter, lazier, and more dependent we, as a nation, have become. We need to wake up. This was a good article. Thanks

    1. Exactly Wendi! This is not just about cannabis. This is about a group of men deciding what is best for you (which in the end turns out to be bad for the most part). The more we allow government to make decisions for us, the more our liberty diminishes. This is why people need to start breaking the chains of the state and start living free. Thank you for your comment!

  4. Hey Mike! Very useful and informative article on this very beneficial herb. I would recommend anyone to take a look and gain more knowledge on this matter.

    Very accurate and simple at the same time.
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you Hekuran! Yes this herb not only has medicinal benefits, but hemp alone has so many uses even if you are not a fan of smoking it. Fuel, construction material, clothing, plastic, paper, food. This would change the American economy in ways that many people haven’t considered.

  5. Aaron

    Really appreciate you taking the time to inform people on what the government is doing subtly. Personally I’m not a smoker but if cannabis has health benefits I can’t say I wouldn’t be willing to give it a try. Where exactly would one get cannabis from? Considering you said it’s illegal in many states where could this substance be found?

    1. Well Aaron, unless you are in a state where it is legal or decriminalized getting it would be difficult. However your best bet would be hemp oil. You probably wouldn’t get high off of it but it has other benefits like reducing anxiety and easing pain. I appreciate your interest and feedback on this topic.

  6. Jamila Jones

    I do agree with you that Cannabis which I call weed the true weed without adding anything to it is a herb and great for medicinal purpose and otherwise. There is plenty of it back in the Caribbean where my parents come from. However, the Cannabis that people are producing today, the haze etc is very very bad for you. I have seen people lose their minds over it and become mentally ill

    1. Mikey Somersall

      Yes Jamila I agree that most modern cannabis is loaded with chemicals as well which is why people should grow their own. Not only that but some of the medical marijuana that is “government approved” is the same. On top of that, a synthetic marijuana is being produced. These are definitely not good for you. And don’t even get me started on K2. Thanks for the comment!

  7. Jorge Arellano

    I think that the information should be supported like in wikipedia when he refers on controversial facts or historical events so people feels confident on that because they can confirm the information. By the way the article should be more extensive on this controversial facts because it seems very short. Better supported more convincing!

    1. Mikey Somersall

      Thanks for the advice and the comment Jorge

  8. Dave Sweney

    This was an interesting and informative article on the background of marijuana or as you say, cannabis and liberty. I enjoyed it and learned some things…

    I have heard about how the prohibition came to be elsewhere, but you filled in some blanks for me in the story.

    Capitalism and corruption indeed are not a phenomenon limited to this current administration it seems…They are just perfecting it perhaps…

    Anyway, as you mention, more and more states are approving the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and more are also approving for recreational use.

    Unlike Bill Clinton, I did inhale when I was a young man and I can say from that time oh so many years ago that the laws need to change.

    Too many people are still being incarcerated for this ‘should be a no-crime’ crime and that is filling the coffers of the private jail contractors, another corrupt system that is directly related to the push to keep marijuana illegal.

    Have you heard about the bill that is being co-sponsored in Congress? People from both sides of the aisle are trying to stop the DOJ from prosecuting these laws that are so harming many people.

    Good post and I enjoyed reading through it! Keep at it, people need a place to come and discuss all the ins and outs of cannabis use. As you say it is a matter of liberty!

    1. Mikey Somersall

      Hello Dave! I agree with you that people being locked up for consuming cannabis is a travesty and also a waste of taxpayer’s money. The War on Drugs has been a failure from the start. It basically eliminated the competition and allow the drug cartels a monopoly. So this becomes a double whammy:

      1) The government is in bed with the cartels and takes its cut
      2) The government is in bed with the private prison industries who makes profit off of the victims who get put in a cage just for possessing a plant that has more benefits and is not just for recreational use.

      I’m sure that you are aware Colorado and Washington state are making great money because of cannabis legalization. Cannabis and hemp threatens a lot of multinational industries including pharmaceuticals, plastics, timber, petro, apparel, etc.

      This is what happens when money gets involved in politics. People get greedy and try to cling to what they have at the cost of other people’s life, wealth, and health.

      As far as Congress’s bill, I am not familiar with which bill you speak of but would like more information on it if you can locate it for me. To be honest I have been paying next to no attention to what is going on in politics. To me government at this point is irrelevant.

      Thanks for the comment!

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