Politics is one of those things, along with religion and sex, that can be very controversial to discuss. However every now and then exceptions have to be made and there is currently a bill that we, the cannabis smoking / supporting/ advocates of this country, need to actively put our unalienable American rights to work for: The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017
With life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in mind, The Marijuana Justice Act, in relation, will put an end to federal vs state on the issue of cannabis. The problem we are currently facing is while states are currently legalizing the use, sale and cultivation of the plant that’s going to change the world, Cannabis. Federally it remains on the controlled substance list and is illegal and will always be illegal on the federal level unless this bill becomes law.
The bill was introduced to the Senate on August 1, 2017 by Senator Cory Booker from the state of New Jersey. And as of December 18, 2017, Senator Ron Wyden from the state of Oregon became it’s first co-sponsor.
The bill, also known as S.1689, will take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list. Making the possession, sale and cultivation federally legal. Allowing those with possession charges to expunge their records, those currently incarcerated on marijuana charges to file appeals and most importantly will put an end to marijuana arrests in this country. Which, if you have ever been there, is completely unjust. To say cannabis is a controlled substance is ridiculous. A more appropriate title would be to call it simply a plant, which it is, and that’s not even giving it any justice either. This plant is a gift from above, there’s a lot more to weed than just smoking it. And to put someone in prison for a plant is in complete conflict with our unalienable American rights. If nature is illegal then freedom does not exist and that’s why we must get political!
Currently our bill is just sitting on capitol hill: (Iol)
But we can help get The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 passed if we really try. How? By calling your states congressmen and asking them to support and co-sponsor S.1689.
- A list of all the current Senate members with their contact information can be found here: US Senate
- A list of all the House of Representatives with their contact information can be found here: US House
You can search by name or state and a phone number to call will be right there. I plan to contact mine but I am just one person and so I urge you to do the same. The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 would fix this country in so many ways. Why not here it from the man who wrote it in the first place Senator Cory Booker:
We must stop Jeff Sessions' backwards actions. There is now great urgency to pass the Marijuana Justice Act to legalize marijuana on the federal level.
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) January 4, 2018
Don’t forget to follow the innovative and bipartisan problem-solver @SenBooker on twitter. And always remember this:
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama
Thanks for reading,