Millions of people attest that cannabis helps them, but even if only one person could benefit from some drug it should be their right to try it. We are all unique individuals, what works for me may work for no one else; why should I need permission from public servants to find out for myself?
It’s hard not to notice these days that there is something not right about the state of affairs in our country.
We are supposed to be living as free people in a free country — we long ago shed the dictators, kings, and tyrants that ruled the masses for tens of thousands of years, subjecting people to their whims.
For most of us, we learn to obey at an early age. Parents use a variety of methods and will go to great extremes to teach this lesson; it’s important for the survival of the child and for the sanity of the parent. It also serves the child well with respect to getting what they want while they grow up. The problem is that it does not always serve us so well in society after we have grown up.
All my life I have heard references to us living in a ‘free country’ but as my life continues it becomes more and more clear to me that it is much more accurate to say that we are living in a country where we are ‘free to obey’.
This is not the freedom that our forefathers fought for and it is far from acceptable to me. Perhaps it’s because I had issues with bullies growing up or perhaps because I have a strong sense of right and wrong, in any case it is frustrating to see the way our ‘dumbocracy’ has been co-opted by corporate and private interests at the public’s expense.