Pubdate: Sun, 30 Sep 2007
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald (Hilo, HI)
Copyright: 2007 Hawaii Tribune Herald
Author: C.J. "Sprocket" Strehlau


Please don't fear the end of the war on marijuana. It's going to be a 
glorious time. Your compassion and open mind helps to bring light to 
the issue of cannabis prohibition, which is indeed a troublesome one. 
Thank you for speaking up on what you see with your own eyes. I 
applaud you and the Tribune-Herald for that.

The continued war on cannabis is destroying our communities and the 
very fabric of our society. It's not the drug itself that's causing 
this destruction, it's the war on it. Isn't that ironic? It's time 
for people to wake up and see the realities. We've been deceived and 
scared far too long. The Internet is here and the information is 
available. Not just one side, but all of it.

The medicinal qualities of the cannabis plant are well documented and 
need to be accepted. It can be used to treat multiple sclerosis, 
cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, depression, epilepsy, migraine headaches, 
PMS, asthma, severe pain and many other ailments and diseases.

The hemp movement is in full swing, and I have faith that reason and 
compassion will prevail. Smart countries like England, Holland, 
Germany and Switzerland have learned that fighting a war on this most 
useful plant is wrong and against any common sense. Hemp has been 
used for thousands of years to provide us with food, fuel, fiber and medicine.

There's hardly anything the plant is not good for, and we can grow it 
right here if we only choose so. Our energy "crisis" is not a crisis, 
if we promote hemp as an alternative fuel. Forget about ethanol from 
corn, which is raising the price of everything right now. The answer 
is hemp. Forests and world oil reserves don't need to be depleted or 
fought over in bloody wars no longer. Hemp is a weed and grows 
anywhere. Easiest thing in the world. Doesn't need fertilizers or bug 
spay to grow big and beautiful. Doesn't even deplete our soils and 
poison our food. What a noble idea.

So why is our government still fighting this war and terrorizing our 
communities? It's not about people getting high. It's purely 
economics and maintaining the status quo of power, money and control. 
Oh, and the fact that nobody wants to admit that they really screwed 
up for all these years. Sounds familiar?

So what can we do? Inform yourself and talk about it. The more people 
learn, the more things will change. Don't fear the end of the war and 
keep your mind and heart open. The answer is LOVE.

C.J. "Sprocket" Strehlau