April 20th – 4/20 – is a day of marijuana awareness. The date became significant because of the police code – 420 – which indicated that some marijuana busting was about to go down. The political landscape is shifting around marijuana. We are in need of ecological solutions, the drug war has officially failed, and health care costs are so high that the people have turned to alternative treatments. The time is coming to federally legalize hemp and marijuana, the prohibition that has been on the books since 1937 has not worked and has instead been the reason why organized crime and institutionalized penalty mark its use and distribution today.
The majority of Americans (55% according to the Marijuana Policy Project report from 2008) believe marijuana should not be a criminal offense and 78% said that they believed that doctors should be able to prescribe it for patients in need. Continue reading