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Portland could be a leader in prohibition reform for Cannabis legalization

Posted on September 14, 2015 in Perspectives
By USM Free Press

By Sam Haiden, Contributor

There have been some political petitioners on our campus lately, and they are trying to do a very important thing. They are trying to end the prohibition of Cannabis. Maine could be a leader in prohibition reform- and Portland could be the spearhead of that reformation movement- after all, we’ve already established municipal legalization as it is.

We are in a unique situation here in Maine. Here in our super powerful country, we are upon the cusp of a massive social and economic change. Bills have been formed to establish the federal legalization of cannabis: Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. Politicians are openly changing their minds about cannabis every day. Major officials in the fields of medicine and science like Sanjay Gupta are turning on the institutions that have denied cannabis for decades, helping to uncover “the big lie.”

Major media publications like Times magazine, Popular Science, and National Geographic are exploding with articles surrounding cannabis, and major television corporations have also jumped on board, creating television shows surrounding the birth of a legal cannabis industry in this country.

The hype is justified. Billions of dollars are generated by cannabis every year, and in places like Colorado, people are beginning to see the massive economic change that can be encouraged by such large volumes of money.

Millions of dollars in taxes are flowing into the Colorado state government, and those dollars are going straight back to the people in the form of education tax credits; and all this because of a natural flower that happens to have a staggering medicinal effect on mammals. And we haven’t even started to talk about hemp, or Cannabis Ruderalis– the plant that can singlehandedly give us the raw materials we need to make biodegradable plastics, renewable fuel for automobiles, building materials like hempcrete, super-tough textiles and highly nutritious food. But let me spare you the rhetoric.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before and I’m sure you’ll hear it again. In fact, that’s why I’m writing this article. I want you to hear the rhetoric from the petitioners on our campus. I’ve seen them outside of Luther-Bonney hall, shouting at everybody who approaches. I’ve been astonished at the number of people who simply walk right by. These brave young souls have devoted all of their free time to the political advocacy of this plant. They work day in and day out to help people help people. They are, in a sense, working to save our environment by providing us with a source for biodegradable plastics.

They are working to save people with terminal diseases by helping encourage research which will save their lives. If you believe in cannabis, it’s the least you can do to stop for five minutes and sign the petition. If you don’t believe in cannabis, you probably don’t believe in global warming or vaccines either, because you don’t pay attention to scientific facts.

The facts all point towards legalization; and I hope that here at USM we can represent the future, the progressives, the positive change, by getting our signatures on that petition. As far as I know, the leading petition needs sixty thousand signatures.

We’ve got less than ten thousand here at USM, but that’s still a pretty big chunk. I’d be proud to see every person at USM sign that petition; and I’d be glowing if we all told our friends and family to do the same.

Support change. Support progress. Support scientific advance in every way possible. Support the America. Support Cannabis. Find your local petitioner and sign.

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