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You and I have a Constitutional Right to grow, to possess, and to consume cannabis sativa and its variants.
Really you do.
I have pointed out to people in debates for years that it says right in the Constitution that you have a right to grow, possess, and yes! smoke cannabis sativa if you so choose. These people (some of them are well meaning but just ignorant) challenge me to point out the words in the Constitution that guarantee me the right to use cannabis sativa.
I tell them it is right there, right next to the words that guarantee them the right to manufacture, possess and consume alcohol. It’s right there, can’t you see it? Of course you can.
Because when the Constitution was ratified and the Bill of Rights was ratified the cultivation and processing and yes! the smoking of India hemp (cannabis sativa and its cultivars) was perfectly legal in the newborn United States of America. As a matter of fact, so was the production and use of alcohol. That is why a century later that miserable exercise in prohibition against alcohol required a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw alcohol. It would require a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw hemp as well. This has never happened.
It is time for the government to give up the war on hemp and move on. The War on Cannabis is Unconstitutional!
This fraudulent “war” has no moral basis.
Last Friday the California State Assembly passed the TRUST Act. Also called the "anti-Arizona immigration law" by some, it would limit California law enforcement's cooperation with the federal Secure Communities program (SCOMM). The bill is now on its way to Governor Jerry Brown's desk where he is expected to sign it into law. The TRUST Act is good news for California budgets, residents, and police departments, for three main reasons:
Officer-involved shooting draws hundreds in Vallejo protest
Supporters of the family of slain Vallejoan Mario Romero march outside the Vallejo Police Department Tuesday afternoon following a rally on the department steps. Romero was killed early Sunday morning in a police-involved shooting, the fifth officer-involved fatal shooting this year in Vallejo. (Mike Jory/Times-Herald)
The lawsuit alleges that Staley was walking to a bus stop with a friend ...when he saw a D.C. police car hit a man on a motorbike. Two police officers then began to punch the motorbike rider, who was on the ground and appeared to be hurt....
D.C. officer illegally seized camera phone, ACLU suit alleges
A D.C. police officer illegally seized a camera phone from a citizen trying to photograph officers at the scene of an arrest, a civil liberties group alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Recording, communicating during protests, political events could be restricted
Steve Watson Infowars.com Sept 3, 2012
Apple was granted a patent last week that will enable it to wirelessly disable the camera on iphones in certain locations, sparking fears that such techniques could be used to prevent citizens from communicating with each other or taking video during protests or events such as political conventions and gatherings.
The camera phone has revolutionized the flow of information in the digital age. Any time a major event takes place, news networks and video websites are immediately inundated with footage and photographs from the scene.
It's Not Just the LAPD: The Big Lie About Police Brutality is Claiming it's Not Rampant
Police brutality is in the news, thanks to the widespread availability of amateur video and the omnipresence of security cameras.
We've seen scene after scene of police beating the crap out of, and even shooting and killing unarmed or minimally dangrous students, women, old men and crazy people, many of them after they have been handcuffed and checked for weapons.
The police brass, and leading politicians who oversee the departments involved, nearly always have the same answer: This is not the norm, these are isolated incidents, police violence is not on the rise. Rarely is an abusive or murderous officer punished or even administratively disciplined for documented crimes.