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Posted 22 April 2010 - 01:49 PM
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Posted 05 July 2010 - 11:40 PM
It’s been way to long coming but it’s exciting to see the progress that’s been made. It’s a snow ball effect for sure.
Personally I don’t care if it’s completely legal, but it should never have been schedule 1 in the first place and having anything less than tons should not be a jailable offense. And it should be available medically to anyone.
I think everyone should expect some set backs and resistance in unexpected places and ways. Their are too many powerful people in government, business, and organized crime that make too much money not to make it a bumpy ride, but together we can keep the wheels on.
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Posted 06 July 2010 - 12:08 AM
Martin Luther King wrote about in Letters from a Birmingham Jail about unjust laws:
“How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.”
“An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal.”
In America, whites get “treatment” for drug problems, blacks get prison. Suburban teens get warnings. The urban poor are marked for life with an undeserved stigma.
“We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country’s antireligious laws.”
And he asked about unjust laws (which are usually heavy-handed without justification)and it speaks directly to the actual history of how the Marijuana Tax Act passed.
“Can any law enacted under such circumstances be considered democratically structured?”
“Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever.The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself”
"One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."
He also said, "Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."
Making the most useful plant in the known universe illegal for racist and political (money+power) reasons is a mistake and a red flag that something is wrong with your institution--especially in a country whose most important, highest ideal, is personal freedom with personal responsibility.
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