MARCY DOLIN: I’m lying on my bed, smoking a joint. I smoke about eight a day, and eat a marijuana cookie before I go to sleep at night. I like the peanut-butter ones. I’ve been using marijuana for about 35 years, ever since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It takes the pain and muscle spasms away. Without it, I would be living on morphine and other horrible drugs. I couldn’t do that to my family. That’s no life, and I would have ended it. That’s the truth. I used to take a drug called Neurontin, and I just never stopped crying. I was in a fog, totally depressed. I told my doctor that I was going back to just marijuana; he said he would have me arrested if he could. What are they going to do? I’m 71 years old. Are they going to put me in jail? I’m not hurting anybody. It’s just here in my own house.
The New York Times
Nearly half of all Americans are on prescription medication, and a third of those take more than one medication a day. 1 in 5 children under the age of 13 are on prescription drugs. 9 in 10 seniors are on prescription drugs.
In 2008, prescription drugs killed 300% more people in the U.S. than all illegal drugs combined (truthout).
How can this possibly be? Simple.
The U.S. Pharmaceutical Industry took in about $825 billion last year. They spent $20 billion on advertising and another $1 billion in lobbying law makers to ensure people like Marcy spend the rest of their lives in jail, among other things of course.
This can be applied to every major industry in the United States. Energy, Insurance, Finance, Defense, Chemical, Military, Telecommunications, Entertainment, and Agriculture own the law makers. They write the laws that govern them, and use their influence, power, and persistence to create an environment they cannot lose in. The corporate owned media then controls the population, keeping you focused on celebrities and sports of unimportance, or worse, terribly misinformed of the true workings of our country, and for that matter, the entire world. The misinformed spend their energy arguing amongst themselves, divided and properly conquered.
Free the weed.