Low Budget Jeff wrote:
I think one of the biggest hurdles marijuana legalization faces(in the United States) is the fact that the people in power are made of mainly of people from my parents generation. They were fed loads of government propaganda about the evils of marijuana. What's really funny is one of the main arguments they used against it, the fact that it supports organized crime, is one of the main reasons it should be legalized.
I firmly believe that the change is coming. Wait until my generation is a little bit older and starting to go in to government. Hell, one of my best friends is the son of a senator and he wants his dad to push for legalization. Guess what my friends career choice is...politics.
I agree...but unfortunately...I just don't see it happening in the next 50 years sadly. Because for everyone of us, there are going to be 10 conservative minded people who were brainwashed by this propaganda by their brain washed parents.
Its going to be a hard hurdle to overcome. This isn't like Prohibition which last less than a decade, this is something that has been around for almost 80 years and rules that have been around for that long will be an uphill battle to overturn.
I think you'd be amazed what can happen in fifty years. Go back to 1958 and tell America that a black man will be running for president and you'll be called insane. In 1958, desegregation was only 4 years old. Before that you had many decades of colored and white water fountains. Go back to 1908 and say "One day, everyone will drink from the same water fountain" and you'd probably get shot. Change of such magnitude is gradual, and you can't see it on a day to day basis. It takes years to happen, and to those who are waiting for it, it always seems like it will never happen.
What you have to see is that the seeds (no pun intended) have already been planted. There are already 14 states with medical marijuana laws. What we have to our advantage is technology. We can run more tests faster then ever with more exact results. We can spread those results faster then ever before and on a world wide basis. Yeah, it's 80 years of history to fight, but we have weapons that those who fought Prohibition could only dream of.
In 2006 nearly 50 medical groups nationwide announced their support of legalizing marijuana for medical use through a doctor's prescription, obtaining it through a doctor's recommendation or researching it as a treatment option. Twenty-nine medical organizations, including the American Nurses Association, the American Medical Student Association and the American Preventive Medical Association, support allowing a doctor to prescribe marijuana to a patient. Eight medical organizations support patients' access to marijuana with a doctor's recommendation, including the Florida Medical Association, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine.
Nine organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the British Medical Association, have issued statements supporting research of medical marijuana as a treatment option, and/or have published material supporting doctors' and patients' rights to discuss using marijuana and other treatment options.
That's just for starters, and just for medical purposes. It's going to be a snowball effect, once it starts gathering some steam, it won't stop. It's coming Beeslo, mark my words on it.