On Tuesday, while most Americans were casting votes for their favorite politicians and more laws, citizens in three states went to the polls and voted to remove laws. Michigan, Utah, and Missouri voters said enough is enough and voted to legalize marijuana in some form.
Michigan became the 10th state in the union to completely legalize pot for recreational purposes—promising to no longer kidnap and cage people for a plant. Utah and Missouri both voted to legalize this beneficial plant for medical purposes.
Utah and Missouri became the 31st and 32nd states in the country to legalize the plant shrinking the number of states who will still lock you in a cage for self medicating with a plant to just 18.
“This is yet another historic election for the movement to end marijuana prohibition,“ said Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, which played a leading role in organizing the Michigan initiative, according to HuffPo. “Voters have once again sent a message loud and clear that it is time to legalize and regulate marijuana. The victory in Michigan highlights just how widespread support is for marijuana policy reform. This issue does not only enjoy strong support on the coasts but also in the Midwest and all throughout the country.”
Michigan set one of the most revolutionary legalization standards in the country by refusing to lock people in a cage for using marijuana as long as they are 21 and older and then going further and allowing Michigan residents to not only buy and sell marijuana, but they can grow it in their own homes. Residents can now grow up to 12 plants for personal use.
The state also bucked the feds and brought themselves out of the prohibition stone age by legalizing the cultivation of industrial hemp which can be used to make anything from building materials to fuel to food.
What these legalization moves represent is the will of the people who no longer wish to see their fellow citizens kidnapped, caged, or even killed over the use and possession of this plant. The 18 states left are now showing their resistance to the will of the people by remaining in the dark ages of prohibition.
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As TFTP reported earlier this year, instead of bowing down to the federal government, states across the country have started to fight back against hemp prohibition too. Farmers in 17 states—California, Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming—have obtained state licenses to produce industrial hemp for commercial purposes.
It is important to remind our readers that all of these legalization measures are a direct violation of federal law, showing that disobedience to immoral legislation is what fosters change not waiting around for our masters in the federal government to "allow" us to do it.
Some politicians have become so fed up with prohibition that they are now disobeying state laws to incarcerate people over marijuana as well.
As jails fill up, families get torn apart, and otherwise entirely innocent people have their lives ruined by the state, politicians are finally coming to terms with the immoral nature of kidnapping and caging people for possessing a plant.
The libertine function of the war on drugs has become so glaring that some politicians, like those in New York, aren't waiting on their states to legalize and they are now disobeying laws that throw people in jail for marijuana.
It seems that the war on drugs has finally begun to unravel. Politicians, desperate to end up on the right side of history, are now making the right moves to remedy some of the problems caused by this immoral war.
Unfortunately, however, as Jeff Sessions' career illustrates, there are still plenty of dinosaurs in suits willing cage people for a plant. So, as we keep winning these battles—it is important to stay on point—because the war is still far from over.