Ep 104: Promising Change

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“Are you calling for a revolution?”

What is it the people want? What do We the People need? Basic necessities in order to survive? Of course. A comfortable standard of living? Sure, why not. The right to be treated equally regardless of race, color, or creed? You betcha. The right to pursue happiness and liberty in life? I wouldn’t have it any other way. The right to be treated like a second class citizen simply because we choose to smoke or ingest cannabis instead of the alternative? Ye… Nope. Wait, what? No? It seems we have a breakdown in communication here. We have all sorts of amazing, unalienable rights as citizens of this great country, yet a huge number of us are incarcerated each and every day for choosing a less harmful alternative than what the major mainstream companies are trying to shove down our throats. Do I understand this correctly? Is our great all knowing government actually saying that if WE choose to treat OUR bodies with cannabis because cannabis works for US, and works with a LOT less side effects that are a LOT LESS HARMFUL, we instantly cross that threshold from good wholesome law abiding tax paying citizen to worthless second class criminal drug addict? Wow. Think about it. Think about the hypocrisy, and the disinformation they spread. Think about all the good people who’s lives are wasted, not because they did something evil or hurt someone, but because our government thinks it knows best how we should be taking care of our bodies.

I’d like to echo some sentiments from the Pro Choice movement. Keep your laws off of my body. If what I’m doing has ZERO negative effect me and ZERO effect period on anyone around me, then what good is it doing to make me a criminal? I have not hurt anyone and I have not caused harm to myself in any way, shape or form. How can you rationalize the fact that what you have deemed legal and encourage people to ingest has MASSIVELY WELL KNOWN FATALITY RATES attached. Things like alcohol, prescription pain killers, and cigarettes all kill countless people each and every year. Meanwhile, the plant you choose to demonize has helped countless people each year, and if there are any negative effects from cannabis, it’s an effect you have caused via your deceitful propaganda and wasteful legislation. Let’s talk some quick facts before I get into the show notes. Just to refresh our memories, here’s some fatality rates from our good friends over at the CDC website.

Tobacco

– Cigarette smoking causes about 1 of every 5 deaths in the United States each year.

– 443,000 deaths annually.

Alcohol

– In the U.S. there are approximately 79,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year.

– Excessive alcohol consumption contributes to more than 4,600 deaths among underage youth, that is, persons less than 21 years of age, in the United States each year.

Prescription Painkillers

– 100 people die from drug overdoses every day in the United States.

– Nearly 15,000 people die every year of overdoses involving prescription painkillers.

So that’s just a quick idea of what we’re up against here. If you want more information or would like to see references for this information, simply click the titles of each drug to go to the CDC page filled with tons of great information. Doing a quick search for marijuana on the CDC website brought me to this little gem. This is a Surgeon General’s warning on Marijuana from back in August 13th, 1982. Do you know what kind of information they were spreading about marijuana back in the early 80s? Let’s take a quick look.

You can get a feel for how they felt about marijuana, and how factual this is from the very first sentence.

“Marijuana use is a major public health problem in the United States.”

Is it really? Is the problem here really marijuana? Because it seems to me marijuana has been around for as long, if not longer than humans have, and it also seems to me the only problems that came from marijuana, or marijuana use, came into existence right around the time those in positions of power started trying to use legislation to further their own political agendas, rather than to enact legislation that mirrors the will of the people. So again I ask you, is marijuana the problem? Or is the problem a corrupt legislative system who’s core corruption is led and fed by even more corrupt human beings who push their corrupted hypocritically tyrannical legislation on we the people.

You see, there was never anything wrong with marijuana in the first place. Everything negative you’ve likely ever heard about marijuana is a lie based on a lie built on a foundation of even more lies. Meanwhile the pharmaceutical, tobacco, and alcohol industries have been allowed to flourish on the backs of millions upon millions of sick and dying American citizens, while the people who are bringing the real cure to people, and the people who are using the real cure are instantly demonized and treated as second class citizens, or worse. Here’s what needs to happen. Stay tuned for the next episode show notes where I outline exactly how to fix America’s drug problem. You see, America doesn’t have a drug problem, it has a drug prohibition problem. Think about it, and if you would like to have a discussion, call in during the live show or leave a message at 406.204.4687. You can also email the show at info@hotboxpodcast.com. If you prefer something more back and forth, check out the Hot Box forums, the Hot Box Facebook page and Facebook group, and the Hot Box on Google+. These are all wonderful tools and platforms to hold discussions on.

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There are many groups and pages on Facebook, but none are as enlightening as the Great Debate page. You can easily find it by clicking here or going to HotBoxPodcast.com/greatdebate. You should all join the group / page and take part in these interesting discussions.

Take a listen to our friends over at Reefer Rhetoric and CannaTruths. Even though we disagree on certain things, the important thing is these discussions are taking place. Just like in any relationship, communication is key. We have lost all faith that anyone who has any kind of power no longer has our best interests in mind. That goes double for Obama.

The one thing we like about Ron Paul, is that he’s done the least amount of flip flopping. Who are you interested in seeing as our new president? Please no matter who it ends up being, please don’t let them be a Mormon. I can’t live in a country who has a Mormon president. I really have a hard time taking Christians seriously, Mormons is where I draw the line.

The way to make changes it at the local level. If you really want to make a difference, start at the local level. Get involved with your local government. Everything you see before your very own eyes is manufactured. It looks like that because it’s suppose to look like that. It makes you feel that way because it’s supposed to make you feel that way.

We need a better way to hold our officials and law makers accountable for the things they say and do. No more lies. No more hypocrisy.

Most people who work in dispensaries are NOT pushing cannabis onto anyone who doesn’t come to the shop looking for cannabis. There is no up selling, there is no in your face, hard pressure sell. Why do law makers constantly think the people who work in dispensaries are all trying to get your kids high? That is such a ridiculous assumption.

For the locals in Montana, are you curious what your MTCIA dues are doing? Well, let’s take a look. Here is a PDF of the Appellees’ Response and Cross-Appeal Brief. This is full of great information. In it you’ll find the statement of issues, statement of the case, and statement of facts. Great reading like this doesn’t come cheap. Check out the MTCIA website and support the cause.

If you live in Colorado and are in the cannabis industry, check in and leave us a message at 406.204.4687 or send us an email to info@hotboxpodcast.com. What’s going on in Colorado? Are you dealing with the same shit we are here? We should all be keeping in touch and sharing information.

The kids are stealing pills from your parents and grandparents, they don’t care about pot anymore. Maybe you should deal with a REAL problem before you try to fix a non issue.

Does having a medical marijuana law in your state really matter? It seems like regardless of what law your state passes, the feds can come in and do whatever they want, whenever they want. Maybe one day, when we have more than half of the states in this great nation of ours under a medical marijuana law that actually protects the people, something will finally change. I mean the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT has medical marijuana patients. Someone should raid their growers just so they can see how it feels to run a business knowing the feds can come in and steal your stuff at any minute.

Pothole.

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Author: Mat Lee

Dab lab rat and freelance cannabis reviewer. Creating content and hip hop since 2004.

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