The war on drugs is coming to an end, finally. Whether decriminalization, medical marijuana, or outright legalization, Prohibition’s days are numbered!
I use the term cannabis instead of marijuana because the latter term was used by Harry Anslinger in his campaign to demonize cannabis. By using the Mexican slang term he racialized prohibition by derogatory association. Cannabis is the PC term.
Cannabis should never have been illegal. The war on drugs has always been based on lies and deceit. Cannabis, including hemp, threatens the profits of big companies. Heaven forbid we grow our own medicine and food. Replace logging with hemp cultivation? Unthinkable! Give people a healthy alternative to alcohol? Over my dead body.
Marijuana as defined by the Federal govt. (>0.3% THC) needs to be removed from the Schedule 1 list. Off completely. All non-violent marijuana prisoners need to be released immediately, with their convictions erased from their record. They shall receive a hero’s welcome back home.
The ban on domestic research needs to be eliminated so that unbiased research can begin across the country. The DEA and FDA need to support such efforts to their limited ability. Perference should be given to independent researchers, many of them working under the radar, over Big Pharma R&D.
Hemp should take its rightful place as an agricultural commodity. No restrictions, no permits, no Federal involvement. Hemp from an agricultural perspective is no different than wheat, soybeans, or corn. Mass hemp cultivation will be a huge boost for American farmers. I dream of the day when I drive by fields of it on the highway...
Growing cannabis is a time honored past time. Thousands have done it around the world and you can grow your own cannabis too. Even if the Russians say you can’t. That’s right: I received a notice from Ruskies that it’s illegal in RUSSIA to teach people how to grow pop. Like I give a fuck.
If you want to eat cannabis, I suggest making cannabutter. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are soluble in butterfat. I make ghee, clarified butter and infuse it with cannabis. Make a large batch, test a small portion to see how strong it is, and then you’ll know what a serving size is.
Using coconut oil gives you the option of eating it or using it as a topical. Cannabis infused coconut oil can be used to make liniments, salves, and other preparations applied to the skin. It can also be made into capsules.
Making a cannabis tincture the first step is to decarboxylate the raw cannabis. Decarbing converts THC-A to THC and CBD-A to CBD. The former are inactive and heat converts them to the more familiar THC and CBD.
Cannabis is a wonderous plant. We need to respect it, not persecute it. Push back, demand full legalization including adult home grows. Then plant and share!