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  1. chillinwill
    Most Americans think of Mother's Day as a day of rest for our nation's moms. This year, however, I'm excited to be part of a new movement that is capitalizing on the holiday to encourage mothers nationwide to take a stand for ending federal marijuana prohibition and the devastating consequences it has brought to our families, our communities, and our nation.

    For the past several years, I've been an active voice in the pro-legalization movement. I was initially greeted with skepticism by the movement's left-leaning activists and tokenized as the "pro-pot Republican mom." Over the years, I've devoted too many column inches to lamenting the fact that more conservative women wouldn't join me in this cause. Just last July, in a column I wrote for the Colorado Daily, my lead read: "As a Republican mother committed to legalizing marijuana, political life can be lonely. But while many in my party whisper about the Drug War's insanity, we should shout it from the rooftop: the time to legalize is now."

    Fortunately, on this Mother's Day, I'm anything but alone.

    While the national media frequently highlights polls showing that nearly half of all Americans now support ending the federal war against marijuana--nearly doubling the support demonstrated just two decades ago--reporters miss the bigger story all too often.

    Women have been the key to this jump. Within hours of the aforementioned column's publication, I was inundated with supportive e-mails and calls--and not just from liberals. Republican moms and dads from across the nation responded positively. After the Washington Post's Kathleen Parker, a fellow Republican mom, penned an October column highlighting Colorado's pro-pot mom movement, messages from likeminded moms took over my inbox. And after a series of national news appearances where I made the case for legalization late last year, the emails grew into the thousands.

    The tide has turned.

    This Thursday, I will have my daughters by my side as I help launch a new organization called the Women's Marijuana Movement. We'll be speaking to our fellow moms--and dads--knowing that if we convince just one in 10 of them to rethink this issue, we will succeed.

    Joining me will be other mother-daughter teams, including Mari and Ashlee Clauss. My fellow Republican, Mari, has spent most of her adult life fighting back against lupus and other chronic conditions. Ashlee, my fellow diabetic, has such a serious form of the disease that she was forced to be home schooled due to a series of hospital stays left her unable to manage a traditional school schedule. As medical marijuana patients, they see medical marijuana as one small part of their overall health treatment strategy--one that has freed from a lifetime of dependency on conventional narcotic medications.

    But Thursday isn't just about medical marijuana. Or even about Republican moms. Participants will span the ideological spectrum, each speaking of their own moment of awakening--when they chose to stop blindly accepting government talking points proclaiming the alleged harms posed by marijuana use.

    For younger moms, we reflect on our college days, comparing the impact of marijuana versus alcohol on our lives as students. Impartial analysis reveals that alcohol had a far more harmful impact on our bodies, our relationships, and our safety than pot ever could. Every year we hear more tragic stories of college kids dying from alcohol overdoses, whereas there has never been a single marijuana overdose death in history. In a perfect world, my kids would never experiment with marijuana or alcohol, but as a realist, I also fear the pain alcohol could cause in their later lives far more than I fear any detrimental consequences of marijuana use.

    As organizers, we question aloud how we could ever defend to our children the fact that America spends $30,000 a year to put non-violent drug offenders behind bars at the same time we issue a $45,000 bill to each baby born today as his or her share of the national debt. One of several small business owners who take part in the event, I'm downright angry that this insane tax burden will inevitably mean more hours spent away from my children.

    In 2010, we must rethink every budget line item. Anything less is generational child abuse. Across ideologies, we resent government bureaucrats insisting on parenting our children. We need to reclaim responsibility. Just as pot prohibition failed to stop our generations from using marijuana, it is failing to stop today's students too, with an estimated half of all high school seniors admitting to past or current marijuana use.

    Anti-marijuana extremists will inevitably slander us as bad moms or pot-smoking hippies, but we will remain undeterred. Our stance isn't just about endorsing the behavior of 95 million Americans who have used pot, and it's not even about endorsing the medical use of marijuana by the hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana patients across the nation. This is about something so much greater.

    We are coming together to reclaim our country. For our children. For our pocketbooks. And for the long forgotten American ideal that in the absence of harm to others, government should not interfere in our personal lives.

    While we face challenges ahead, we also have some pretty amazing role models--the thousands of women who organized to end alcohol prohibition. As I wrote in 2009: "In 1929, it was the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform successfully leading the charge to end America's decade-long experiment with alcohol prohibition. While many of these same activists fought just years earlier to forbid booze, they quickly witnessed prohibition's devastating consequences, including increased violence....Just four years into the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform's repeal efforts, prohibition was over."

    California voters will be asked to support legalization on this November's ballot. Polling promises a close contest, with supporters appearing to hold a slight edge. Regardless of the outcome, other states, such as Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, will be following suit. In 2006, when Colorado voters were asked to support legalization for adult recreational use, more than 41 percent said yes--a total greater than that received by the GOP's gubernatorial candidate.

    The bottom line: We need only convince one more person in every ten to end the nightmare of marijuana prohibition. We will show our faces proudly and publicly, inspired by the countless couragous Americans who have gone before us, including those who organized the Boston Tea Party.

    Seeing this as own little tea party moment, we'll hope to make our voices heard above the chaos of kids running around and cell phones ringing with calls from clients who will just have to wait until tomorrow.

    And here is what we'll say. Marijuana prohibition has failed. Our nation is beyond broke. Let's make the future better for our kids.

    Jessica Corry
    May 5, 2010
    Huffington Post
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jessica-corry/a-mothers-day-pro-marijua_b_565205.html

Comments

  1. Suboxer
    All drugs should be legalized and regulated, with very few exceptions. Legalizing cannabis, ethanol, and tobacco is tantamount to current drug policy: "use a drug we say is alright, and none other." What about the vast amounts of people who don't like cannabis, and wouldn't smoke it for free? What about people who like opioids, and no other drugs? I can see, with the government's warped drug policy, this having dire implications for drug treatment, where the new goal of "harm reduction" is to get heroin, methylamphetamine, and cocaine addicts to switch to cannabis, instead of proper replacement therapy or detox/baclofen therapy. Cannabis isn't a replacement for other drugs, which, being illicit in status, cause as many problems, if not more, due to their addictive nature, than cannabis. I can see, instead of methadone or buprenorphine, trying to detox addicts, sticking a naltrexone implant in them, and telling them to smoke cannabis, with disastrous implications. What about people like me, who wouldn't touch cannabis if it was the last drug left on earth?

    The cannabis, ethanol, and tobacco movement is just as biased and bigoted as the cannabis prohibitionist movement. It is time to end prohibition of all drugs, and treat all drug users as the human beings they are. Many people can't stand cannabis - I'd wager even more than ethanol - and if age restrictions are placed, the vast majority of cannabis smokers are under 25 years of age. We need to treat all drug users equally, because, as the argument used by the Pothead Lobby goes, "The government has no right to legislate what people do with their own bodies, as long as they cause no harm." This argument applies to users of all drugs, not just users of the favorite child, cannabis, as it seems to attract, like LSD, fervent believers in it, who view it as the best thing ever discovered: the standard NORML type falls in here nicely.

    Legalize the use of all drugs of abuse, and treat all users equally, and humanely - they are all equally human - not just paranoid, worshipful cannabis users who are nearly devastated to see someone quit smoking (I've seen dozens of examples of this on online forums, such as the shroomery) - which, I expect, is now being legalized and treated with more respect because the rates of use among middle-class White people have skyrocketed. Cannabis was made illegal, as was opium, due to racism, towards Latinos and Chinese, respectively. Now that it's being used rampantly by White, middle-class teenagers, "Oh no! we can't let them arrest our children!" A sentiment, when expressed by Whites, holds value, but when expressed by minorities, has no value whatsoever in the eyes of the political establishment.

    Just as the laws that make crack-cocaine 100 times worse in the eyes of the law than powder, because one is used predominantly by Blacks. I expect that is the main, if not the only, reason people at large have even begun to consider legalizing cannabis in the aftermath of the destruction of the 1960s and the "hippie" scum movement that kindled the fire of cannabis use amongst young White middle-class people that is burning strong today.

    If cannabis was still rarely used by Whites, as it was before the middle-class White "hippie" scum movement of the 1960's, and used commonly by Blacks and Latinos, do you think there would be any attempt to legalize it, or just to lock more potheads up? I think we all know the answer.

    Cannabis isn't being legalized because of a change in the mentality of the masses towards a more sensible view of drug use. Cannabis is being legalized because of a change in the demographics of the people who use it.
  2. Valseedian
    tho I agree in ideal with all that you've said, I'd like to say that it just won't happen that way.

    the general public (or, powerful white middleage men) have varying levels of fear for different drugs dependant usually on it's worst horror stories and the amount of personal experience the indevidual has with the drug in question and it's users.. we are courting total drug regulation by means of marijuana legalization. the first step was medi, this sends the message to america 'well, the world isn't going to end if SOME people are aloud to use marijuana'... the next obvious step in the path is 'well, the world isn't going to end if alot of people are aloud to use marijuana'... eventually leading to 'the world is going to end if we keep spending good money after bad funding the holocost' (minus the death camps... tho some would argue that the killing is done by another inmate not by some unnamed soldier, or that being in todays prisons isnt better than dieing..)... the 'drug' community is finally speaking out, and we aren't being reprisaled for it.

    tho there are good arguements to counter mine, I see marijuana legalization as just another steppingstone twards inevitable total legalization and regulation.
  3. Enlightenment
    That's something SWIM has believed for a very long time. While swim doesn't want to see anyone lose to H or something like that, swim does fully believe that if one is not violent or out to cause harm to others then there is no problem with the said activity. i.e smoking weed.

    Hopefully as a nation the American people will soon come to terms with putting aside their own personal stigmas and let people do as they will.
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