Ganja, Greenhouse Gases and Global Climate Change

Citizens of the World,

Let’s take a moment to reflect upon where we have come to so far as a species, and afterwards another few moments to discuss the path we are currently on.

Whether or not you believe in the evolutionary process, intelligent design, a combination of the two, or something completely different, no one can deny the interconnectedness of nature and humans. Being our planet’s most intellectually developed creatures, we have not only the capacity to protect or destroy it but also the ability to choose which we will do. With 7 Billion+ of us now inhabiting the Earth, we are the single-most largest consumer of it’s natural resources. Our increased population’s demands have led to much deforestation for the sake of creating agricultural space and harvesting trees, the raw material for many everyday products such as paper. Because of this, experts say that in the next 40 years, the rainforests could be completely gone.

The problem of deforestation is dual-sided: aside from permanently altering sensitive ecosystems, we are changing the composition of our planet’s atmospheric gases. Plant life, especially trees, act as a natural converter of the greenhouse gas Carbon Dioxide back into Oxygen. In this way, humans and plants can live symbiotically, as we continuously recycle each others byproducts. But, by removing so much plant biomass from the global climate equation, we are left with an excess of CO2, resulting in the increase in average temperatures being witnessed all across the world.

While some may say it is an unfortunate, inevitable side-effect of human progress, they are wrong. This rate of deforestation is firstly unnecessary and secondly, inefficient. We need not destroy these places for our own benefit, because nature provides us with a better way: the Cannabis/Hemp plant.

This renewable resource can be harvested yearly, rather than the lifetime it takes a tree to grow. It can grow in ANY climate, and will outcompete surrounding weeds. It is naturally resistant to many pests, eliminating the need for pesticides. To produce the same amount of fiber as 4 acres of forest, only 1 acre of hemp is needed!

For a safer more prosperous future, we must embrace nature, rather than prohibit and destroy it. Power must be returned to the People, and our Hemp plants to the Earth.

We cannot change the past, but everyday we make the future. We cannot undo the damage which has already been done, but we should make an effort to leave this place better than we found it. Hemp will help heal our world, and must be freed from the bounds of law.

Legalization is needed, it will slow Climate Change and strengthen local communities!

Anonijuana

Go green, by growing green

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Profiteers and Prisoners of the Drug War

Citizens of the World,

It has been considered common knowledge that when a war is conducted there will emerge one side as victor, and the other as loser. There is a particular war that defies that logic and whose battle lines are not so clearly drawn. To which am I referring is the United States of America’s War on Drugs, declared by President Richard Nixon in June of 1971.

The expressed goals of this shift in U.S. Domestic + Foreign policy was to counteract the rise in drug use that had characterized the previous decade, which Nixon described as “Public Enemy #1”. Overlooking the argument that the right to choose drug use is up to the individual, it would appear as if Nixon did want to keep Americans safe. However, regardless of sincerity of his intentions, it has become apparent that his approach to the issue of drug usage has done little to achieve it’s stated goals + actually has done much to the opposite end:

Not only has drug use not declined, at all…
…self-proclaimed “Land of the Free” leads the world in incarcerations, directly due to the criminalization of Cannabis use. Rather than regulating marijuana in a legal manner, it would appear as if the Federal Government would prefer to imprison…

…What’s worse is the recent trend to privatize prisons for profit, in the name of saving taxpayer dollars. Some even require a minimum occupancy, creating a system of incentives where police officers are pressured not only to meet their personal + department quotas, but also that of the prison company. A prime example of the profit-motive being used to obstruct justice…

…Private Prisons aren’t the only entities profiting off the Drug War. The fact that substances like cannabis are illegal forces their consumers to turn to the black market to acquire them. This funnels much money into criminal organizations, funding their other, most likely violent, illegal activities…

…With nature’s most prominent medicine locked away + anyone who uses it locked up, Pharmaceutical companies are able to synthesize chemicals that target single symptoms rather than the array of ailments that marijuana assists with. So, not only can you not grow the cure-all in your own home for free, you must pay for your relief on a case by case basis.

Amidst all this is an emerging acceptance of alternative forms of drug use than the traditional alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. In 2011, the public approval of marijuana legalization reached 50% of all Americans, a reflection of the inability of our elected officials to properly gauge and/or react to the will of the people, as no federal efforts to reform marijuana laws have come to fruition.


In conclusion, when one looks beyond the rhetoric and promises of prohibition, it becomes more clear that in practice this policy is not working and is overdue to change. When one looks closely enough, they may come to the realize that the Drug War is actually a
War on the American People and their Rights.

Winners: For-Profit Prison Companies, Drug Lords + Pharmaceutical Companies
Losers: Us

Anonijuana

People before profits!