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Talk About Marijuana At Christmas This Year

  • by NORML December 23, 2017

    134097_10150140899238032_23906288031_8089338_6869920_o-e1322953486444-500x166We have much to be merry for this year. Lawmakers in 26 states have passed legislation to advance cannabis reform, including New Hampshire becoming the 22nd state to decriminalize marijuana and West Virginia becoming the 30th state to pass a medical marijuana program.

    This progress has come as a result of years of organizing and conversations with our fellow citizens about the role of government in relationship to a plant. Having the tough conversations about the scope of the government’s right to stop, search, and incarcerate individuals for possessing or consuming marijuana for either personal or medical benefits.

    And now for the first time ever, Gallup polling recorded outright majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents supporting the legalization of marijuana. The only way to find out if this includes your aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives is if you bring it up.

    So use us as a resource – NORML.org has FactsheetsTalking Points, and you can even pass your phone or computer around the table to have your friends and family contact their lawmakers right then and there to support reform in our Action Center.

    As we look toward an uncertain future, we know we must work to both sustain our existing gains and to win future victories. With your continued financial support, we are confident that we can bring the era of marijuana prohibition to an end and usher in the new era of legalization. Together, we will be unstoppable. Together, we WILL legalize marijuana across this great country.

    From all of us at NORML to all of you, we hope you have a very, very green Christmas.

    Onward.

    24 responses to “Talk About Marijuana At Christmas This Year”

    1. TheOracle says:

      Cannabis Prohibition needs to end in the U.S. first, and that can nudge the movement along the cannabis continuum toward Worldwide Weed–legalization worldwide. First, the U.S. has to pull out of these international treaties prohibiting the U.S. and Canadian border patrol from just passing you through. I mean, wave through personal amounts without confiscating it. Souvenir amounts beyond personal should have the option of the customs duty being pre-paid, like bought in advance U.S.-Customs duty marijuana stamps to stick on my souvenir purchase(s) excluding any amount allowable for personal use. It should be in practice in both Canada and Maine for both medical and adult recreational. Messed up boarder crossings if they’re going to be wasting time booking folks just for the feds and preventing people from re-entering the U.S. Washington and British Columbia, too. Although adult recreational is not yet legal in Mexico, hm, the notion of bringing back personal or even souvenir amounts (gifts for other people) of superb Mexican sativa strains is something that could be a near future reality. Mexican lives matter, and legal banking and taxpaying jobs with healthcare for them at a decent living wage can only be an improvement over constantly having to look over your shoulder. I mean, unless your weed is detected as containing explosives or some other danger that can be used in a terrorist attack, to commit some heinous act of violence, otherwise law-abiding citizens don’t get any kind of hassle because of cannabis.

      http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/08/29/maine-border-patrol-marijuana/86943/

      • Dain Bramage says:

        The situation at the border, as you point out, is so ridiculous, it reminds me of a Monty Python comedy sketch.

        Monty Python starts a sketch by accepting an absurd premise, and then doggedly applying reason and logic to bring the situation to its ultimate absurd conclusion.

        So it is, as well, with reefer madness.

        First of all, it’s a flower. A flower!

        Secondly, if it’s legal on both sides of the border, what’s the point of confiscation?

        What an absurdity.

        • Julian says:

          Are you trying to tell me we can’t build a wall in the middle of the Rio Grande?

          Fine then; we shall build it on our own private lands through eminent domain and cede the river to Mexico! And if anyone dares to pass we shall by executive order throw rotten cabbage!

          (But who will pick them, m’lord?)

          What?

          (Who will pick the cabbages if we deport all our seasonal workers?)

          Why, we shall import the cabbages from Mexico, wait for them to rot, then throw them at the unwitting tresspassers as they climb the wall.

          (Fence).

          What?

          (It’s not a wall. Its a chainlink fence. We couldnt afford a wall. The King said Mexico would pay for it but they didn’t).

          But that’s preposterous. A fence won’t stop a child.

          (Doesn’t have to. They just have to pay off our border agents).

          How is that?

          (Because theyre bored. Theres too many of them.We keep hiring new patrols when we need more immigration judges and court appointed lawyers. I thought thats why we call them boreder agents?)

    2. Ralph Williams says:

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year NORML!

      Thanks for your decades of work to get this far, here is to our bright future.

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