According to polling data recently released by Gallup, support for marijuana legalization has reached record levels among the American public. Sixty-four percent of adults believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States.” This is the highest percentage ever reported by Gallup since they began asking adults their views on legalization in 1969, which began at 12%.
Since 1970, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has been on the front lines creating a lobby for cannabis users to demand safe and legal access from the U.S. government. Marijuana prohibition now stands 80 years old this month. No responsible user should be locked in a cage for utilizing an herb placed on this Earth. Each person in this nation is guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is exactly these rights that are trampled upon daily by the powers that be and a law enforcement system that has become corrupt and addicted to locking up pot smokers. Inflated federal budgets for law enforcement agencies waste billions in tax dollars annually in a foolish attempt at prohibition. Eradicating cannabis will not happen. The War on Drugs has failed to win anything.
What the War on Drugs has done is destroy families and forever galvanized the American public. We will continue to fight to sway public opinion to our cause and know that the people are with us. 30 states and even Puerto Rico now stand in conflict with the federal government by allowing their own medical marijuana systems. Federal prohibition is a waste of tax dollars chasing the specter of Jim Crow racism. It is a policy failure that infringes upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, and disproportionately impacts communities of color.
There are several bills going through Congress right now that would reschedule or eliminate any prohibition of cannabis altogether. Be sure to contact your Congressman and ask them to support these important pieces of legislation. Visit http://norml.org/act to find out more about what laws our representatives are looking to pass.