Making Necessary Changes for the Good of the Nation
The Pursuit of happiness
Long ago in the City of Philidelphia a few great American's came together and wrote:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
These words, with many others would serve to be the beginning of American Independence and one of the foundations of the American ideal. Coincidentally several future presidents at the time and some of the very men who drafted those words were also Marijuana Farmers. They relied on Marijuana to sell for cash to support them through winter, and was grown by presidents such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Franklin Pierce, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, and Zachary Taylor. While our founding fathers pursued their version of happiness, they grew and possibly smoked Marijuana.
According to the ACLU America arrested over 15 million people for Marijuana possession from 2001-2019. Not for distribution of Marijuana, or cultivation, as a nation we arrested over 15 million people for simply for possessing the dried flower of the Cannabis plant. That is almost 5% of our entire population being arrested for possession of a plant that was grown commonly by our founding fathers and George Washington himself.
Whatever your feelings on the intoxicating effect of marijuana, it is a moral issue to imprison so many Americans over a personal choice. It is hypocritical of our government to tax and regulate tobacco and alcohol but not extend those same protections to users of Marijuana.
Recently many states have adopted outright legalization or decriminalization of Marijuana, but unfortunately this is not enough. The inequity in the enforcement of Marijuana prohibition is morally wrong and still persists throughout the united states. Minorities and the poor are especially vulnerable to this injustice, and it exasperates societal issues already too prevalent in the same communities.
It is high time that both parties made ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition a number one platform issue. Jack Hughes-Hageman believes that there is wide spread public support behind not only ending prohibition, but providing amnesty and reeducation to those affected by America's defunct Marijuana laws. Without federal legalization and amnesty there will continue to be incredibly expensive and inequitable enforcement of these kinds of laws.
Hughes-Hageman firmly believes that all Americans have an unalienable right to pursue happiness, and that federal drug law concerning Marijuana an affront to that right. It is time for the Pharaoh to let these people go free.