The Weed In Legalizing Marijuana

Legalizing marijuana has become one of the most important contemporary issues as of late. Of course we are sold the many benefits of marijuana over other drug choices for pain relief and depression to name a couple of uses; however, no one seems to want to deal with the weeds that suffocate the topic. What happens to all those minorities whose lives and families that have been destroyed by the very act of which many white own companies and small business are now going to make an insane profit on?

Green Rush Investors are one of many startup businesses looking to make huge profits from the legalization of marijuana. Their website, says; “ We offer full-service consulting solutions for cannabis companies worldwide”, and they provide an up-to-date cannabis stock performance index chart, which is currently at $348.17 a share and rising.

Of course I should mention I have no gripe against Green Rush or its investors or the legalization of marijuana for that matter. I firmly believe that marijuana is a much safer solution than many other addictive harmful drugs like oxycodone when it comes to medicating patients. Unfortunately, there is one problem that continues to go unspoken in the media and in social settings, what happens to all the non-violent offenders in prison who merely sold weed to feed and provide their families?

I feel the legalization of marijuana once again highlights how little the American government and the majority in this country care nothing for the lives of minorities. The NY Times reported, “The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives. Even worse, the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals.”** It seems to me, now that many of these “young black men” were used to over populate, and to create the private industrial prison complex, sustained tortuously at the hands of a white majority, along with the continuing recession, it has now become the perfect time to allow for such great explorations into the money making world of weed.

So the question I have is; are the benefits of weed, both medically and monetary, more important than the many Black and Hispanic American families ruin by its shameful pass? I say we can resolve both!

** NY Times article; Click here

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