Ah, you say, but marijuana is NOT legal at the federal level! Not so fast. The law which supposedly makes marijuana illegal at the federal level is called the Controlled Substances Act. According to this law, the most dangerous drug are classified as “Schedule One” drugs. These are drugs which MUST (under the law) meet the following scientific definitions:
1: They must have been proven, through the best scientific means possible, to have no medicinal value whatsoever.
2: They must have been proven, through the best scientific means possible, to be too dangerous to be handled by anyone – even under the supervision of a trained expert.
In order to be classified as a schedule one drug, a drug MUST be scientifically tested. In order to be removed from schedule one status, scientific testing which proves the initial findings incorrect must be done. The law says clearly that scientific testing of schedule one drugs may not be done without consent of congress.
Now here is the Gordian knot which makes any prosecution against marijuana unconstitutional: No scientific testing was ever done prior to it being made a schedule one drug. In short, Congress violated its own law the instant that marijuana was classified along with Heroin as a dangerous drug. That puts marijuana into a gray area, through which states have been walking to pass laws legalizing marijuana in their states.
Under President Obama, this issue was kicked down the road to the next administration. Under President Trump, it has been used as an excuse to justify raids and arrests of people who are doing nothing more than obeying the laws of their state. This adds more people to the federal prison system. Why would Attorney General Jeff Sessions do this? Possibly because he has invested heavily in private prisons and prison labor. 80% of all prisoners (state and federal alike) are in prison for nothing more than having been caught in possession of marijuana.
Currently, there are about 2.4 million people behind bars for the crime of growing, selling, possessing, or using a plant that has never been proven to cause harm to anyone. With an average cost of $20-$40,000 per prisoner per year to house them, that adds up to a lot of money. And that’s before we talk about the value of selling their labor at slave wages to any corporation that enjoys having their workers under the watchful eye of men with machine guns.
Are you interested in having your workers treated like that? Here’s the website to go to:
The wages are literally on par with third world countries. The website even brags:
- Pay scale for federal prisoners who work outside of UNICOR in prison maintenance, in dollars per hour : $0.12-$0.40
- Minimum wage in Haiti in dollars per hour $0.20-$0.30
So, while its true that the Feds can step in to force people into slave labor camps at starting wages less than they would get by working as minimum wage workers in Haiti, its also true that there are serious constitutional questions about what they are, and have been doing. The only thing that allows them to continue ignoring the constitution is a little secret about how they choose the people they arrest: They don’t go after anybody that can afford to hire the lawyers necessary to appeal convictions…and they steer clear of anyone able to fund independent investigations.
It is how police in America work. They decide to break the law…but they aren’t stupid enough to do it in cases where they might get caught or questioned. A good example of that can be found in the OJ trial. Regardless of where you stood, there is one thing you may have noticed: The prosecution continuously complained about the fact that OJ had a private investigator involved, and that he had a world class team of attorney’s working on his case. Those attorney’s failed to do what every other attorney in the history of American justice had done: Assume that police never lie. Instead, they assumed that police, like everyone else, are human. And, lets face it: everybody lies. Its just a matter of finding out what they are lying about, and if its important.
We all know what happened: The lead police officer turned out to be a racist, and the medical examiner who collected evidence lied about having contaminated it. The results? OJ was found innocent.
The question of judicial misconduct is one which opens the really big door to selling marijuana under the guise of offering medical services. To put it bluntly, Congress screwed up when they skipped the step of having doing scientific research on marijuana before making it a schedule one drug.
Now, thanks to the decision of the United States Supreme Court, all that I (or anybody) would have to do to offer a vigorous defense in any federal court is claim religious beliefs (I’m an atheist) regarding marijuana have led us to conclude that there is sufficient scientific evidence to support a religious belief in the use, sale, and distribution of medical marijuana and other natural herbs.
Naturally, anyone with illnesses which could not be treated using marijuana or other natural herbs would be “referred” to actual doctors….as part of the “faith” in science. This would be a good thing for the patients…but probably wouldn’t make a lot of right-wing types who invest in health insurance companies happy. Since religion is the new panacea for ignoring the law, we could always claim the “God Defense” if we were ever rousted by the Feds.
I can see it now: A marijuana budd and head shop. We could call it….hmmm … anybody want to invest in Doc Budd’s Clinic and Finest Kind Temple & Head Shop?
Yes, Ganja Loves Me
(to the tune of Yes, Jesus loves me)
Marijuana, this you know
picks me up when I am low
Little tokes are never wrong
makes you want to sing this song
Yes Ganja loves me
Yes Ganja loves me
Yes Ganja loves me
But dealers still want dough