Ohioians: Our time for marijuana legalization is upon us!
Rep. Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) says he’ll propose two bills to end the state’s pot prohibition. One bill would legalize marijuana in the state for medicinal purposes, while the other would give Ohio voters the chance to decide if pot should be legal for recreational use as well.
What does this mean you should do?
Just enter your zipcode and find your representative for your district. Calling them would be the best, but emailing would be a good idea as well. This will alert your local representative to consider being in support of Bob Hagan when these bills are proposed in the future. The time to start this process is now. The earlier you act the better the result.
A template email is as follows but I STRONGLY encourage you to write something that isn’t exactly the same.
Hello [Your Rep]!
My name is [You!] and I’m reaching out to you for your support for Representative Hagan’s plan to introduce a bill that would legalize cannabis use both recreationally and medically. It’s important that cannabis be legalized medically so that it can be officially studied, prescribed and reimbursed by insurances.
This is a very important cause as the war on drugs has proven to be a costly and ineffective venture and I believe that bills like Rep. Hagan’s are the first steps toward ending federal prohibition. The amount of funding spent on this war has so much more potential when directed towards more sincere and meaningful causes. I’m sure you’ve heard all the statistics on potential profits this could bring, and I for one want to see the great buckeye state benefit from these profits.
Understandably, this bill wouldn’t change the federal law. However, a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) could protect Ohioans from federal persecution (Respect State Marijuana Laws H.R. 1523). Thank you for reading this and for your consideration.
P.S. It’s important to also shed these negative connotations with cannabis by dropping the ridiculous nomenclature ‘marijuana’ that was popularized by Harry Anslinger in his campaign against the plant in the 1930s. Cannabis is not only the preferred name, but truly the correct, scientific term. Once again, thank you.
rofl, When you can’t blaze something you definitely figure out a way to smoke it…
What Kills More People Than Pot?
Isn’t marijuana a gateway drug? Doesn’t it lead to use of harder drugs?
Note: I did not write this. It’s a good way to shut someone up though if they bring up this question.
This is totally untrue. In fact, researchers are looking into using marijuana to help crack addicts to quit. There are 40 million people in this country (U.S.) who have smoked marijuana for a period of their lives — why aren’t there tens of millions of heroin users, then? In Amsterdam, both marijuana use and heroin use went *down* after marijuana was decriminalized — even though there was a short rise in cannabis use right after decriminalization. Unlike addictive drugs, marijuana causes almost no tolerance. Some people even report a reverse tolerance. That is, the longer they have used the less marijuana they need to get `high.’ So users of marijuana do not usually get bored and `look for something more powerful’. If anything, marijuana keeps people from doing harder drugs.
The idea that using marijuana will lead you to use heroin or speed is called the `gateway theory’ or the `stepping stone hypothesis.’ It has been a favorite trick of the anti-drug propaganda artists, because it casts marijuana as something insidious with hidden dangers and pitfalls. There have never been any real statistics to back this idea up, but somehow it was the single biggest thing which the newspapers yelled about during Reefer Madness II. (Perhaps this was because the CIA was looking for someone to blame for the increase in heroin use after Viet Nam.)
The gateway theory of drug use is no longer generally accepted by the medical community. Prohibitionists used to point at numbers which showed that a large percentage of the hard drug users `started with marijuana.’ They had it backwards — many hard drug users also use marijuana. There are two reasons for this. One is that marijuana can be used to `take the edge off’ the effects of some hard drugs. The other is a recently discovered fact of adolescent psychology — there is a personality type which uses drugs, basically because drugs are exciting and dangerous, a thrill.
On sociological grounds, another sort of gateway theory has been argued which claims that marijuana is the source of the drug subculture and leads to other drugs through that culture. By the same token this is untrue — marijuana does not create the drug subculture, the drug subculture uses marijuana. There are many marijuana users who are not a part of the subculture.
This brings up another example of how marijuana legalization could actually reduce the use of illicit drugs. Even though there is no magical `stepping stone’ effect, people who choose to buy marijuana often buy from dealers who deal in many different illegal drugs. This means that they have access to illegal drugs, and might decide to try them out. In this case it is the laws which lead to hard drug use. If marijuana were legal, the drug markets would be separated, and less people would start using the illegal drugs. Maybe this is why emergency room admissions for hard drugs have gone down in the states that decriminalized marijuana during the 70’s.
take that you ignant schmucks