Why Can’t Americans Grow Their Own Weed Without Fear?

As an old farm boy, it has always seemed strange to me that most states, and the federal government, treat someone who grows a few marijuana plants for personal use as a more serious offender than someone who buys cannabis from the black market. In practice, by penalizing personal cultivation, the government encourages a thriving black market with absolutely no controls over age, potency or purity. At least if one grows their own marijuana, they can be assured it includes no pesticide residue or other harmful additives. This is an arbitrary policy that has absolutely no basis in public safety.

But marijuana prohibition has never been a rational policy, and this bias against home cultivation is just another example of that principle.

At NORML, we have always supported the right of individuals to grow their own marijuana, as a logical option compared to purchasing it from licensed dispensaries. On one hand, growing your own just makes common sense. We can brew up to 100 gallons of home-brew beer in our basements under current law, even if very few Americans actually make their own beer. The same should be true for cultivating our own marijuana.


51 thoughts

  1. Mr. Stroup,
    You are an incredible guy with an amazing amount of common sense.
    We need to elect you as president!
    One Love.


  2. You know what really sucks? When you’re just growing regular veggies and your neighbors call the freaking cops because they “saw plants under lights”

  3. I had the exact same conversation with many of my cannabis consuming friends! It is beyond stupid to be forced to choose between black market marijuana and homegrown.

    There came a time in my life when I had moved and didn’t know any dealers. I had to choose whether to risk growing my own or finding a supplier. Based on past experience with suppliers, I found they often couldn’t be trusted. Usually, they didn’t know what strain they were selling, and had not the faintest idea about whether it was grown organically, dried, and properly cured, or may have been exposed to mold.

    I’m so glad that NORML has written this article! Now, I can only hope it helps to influence at least a few prohibitionists out there…

  4. I’ll state again, in my opinion, if personal marijuana cultivation is not permitted the marijuana is still illegal and the prohibition continues. The simple truth is that by supporting initiatives and legislation that does not allow personal cultivation, we are treating marijuana like it is far more dangerous than alcohol. By supporting legislation that does not allow it we are saying, “Go on ahead and restrict pot severly like it is crack cocaine being decriminalized. Go on ahead and ignore the science and facts. Since this law could allow people the right to buy outrageously priced weed that is highly taxed as well, far more than alcohol, go on and add whatever restrictions you want.”

    By supporting the kind of quasi-decrim that took place in Washington State, we are sacrificing truth and our principles. Sometimes, in my opinion, pragmatism is not worth the gains. For example, I love coffee. I’ve loved it since I was seven years old. My entire life, my family drank coffee 24/7. However, it is slightly more dangerous than pot. Why? It can be PHYSICALLY ADDICTIVE. In my early 20s I became an addict drinking 15 cups or more a day. When I tried to back away, I had tremors, headaches, confusion, fatigue, irritability, etc. Some how, I managed to get through withdrawl and start drinking decaf 99% of the time.

    If coffee was ever criminilized, like Bloomberg would probably want it to be, I’d fight hard against proposed laws that decriminilized it, but placed ridiculous restrictions. For example, only being able to drink decaf and a ban on espresso. I’d rather stay a criminal and face prison – while my family suffers or goes without – than accept a pathetic decrim of a very SAFE substance.

    Since marijuana is even safer than coffee, I fully believe that no ballot initiative should be supported unless it allows growing. In my view, any law than bans a person from growing a plant God created – for every human to grow – is an abomination. Right now, you can go to home depot and by poisonous plants that could kill you. It is perfectly legal to have hundreds of them in your yard, but growing a safe non toxic plant is still a crime!

    I sincerely hope NORML will threaten to drop their support for future initiatives that don’t allow personal cultivation.

    [Editor’s note: Again, NORML primarily supports ending cannabis prohibition, which means ending arrests and replacing with retail access. You can choose to define legalization anyway you like. If home cultivation is supported by voters in pre-polling and focus groups, then NORML will endorse home cultivation. If voters do not support home cultivation, but do support ending the arrests and allowing retail sales, NORML is not going to oppose state legalization initiatives that will effectively end prohibition–in favor of holding out for a public policy change, not supported by the public.]

  5. You’ve got it right Norml. And be able to partake of your hard work without fear of your employer.

  6. Hear, hear! Well said. Thank you, Keith. Thank you, NORML.

    That fact that you know how it’s been grown and that it has no pesticides or herbicides on it or that it’s not mixed with heroin or lead or anything else harmful that dealers use to add weight when they’ve cut it too much. Oregano and parsley are a cheat but harmless compared to other shit I’ve heard people cutting it with.

    I remember all too well Ronald Reagan’s paraquat pot. People were scared they’d get some of the herbicide Mexican weed, although the smoking process is supposed to render the paraquat relatively harmless. Who knew at the time?

    Back in 2008 dealers in Germany were selling pot cut with lead, you know, to give less weed more weight. Looks like not all the Germans could make it to the Dutch coffeeshops.

    I remember in the late 1970s in Allentown, Pennsylvania, there being some dealers who were pimps, and they’d sell weed with heroin mixed in with it. There was so-called rainbow weed that was supposed to have LSD or some other substance in it that was supposed to make people hallucinate and have trips nothing like regular pure untainted cannabis. That was some nasty shit that most folks quickly learned to avoid. When the streets were dry and that was all that was out there you just went without. I mean, after you see a girl or guy you knew who was buying weed off the pimps out on the streets and in the parks, bars and wherever prostituting that was enough to make the rational person take a break from any kind of cannabis. When people think of pimps and prostitutes, you know like you see on tv, you think of pimps getting women into prostitution, but I can tell you that this particular bunch of pimps would pimp guys, too. It was all about the money. Get the person hooked on heroin in the weed, then skip the weed and on to mainlining and prostitution to control them and have a stream of money from the ho, male or female.

    America is supposed to be having a heroin epidemic. I sure as hell don’t want the bad old days coming back.

    Like with tobacco, can see it out in the fields just out of town here in Pennsylvania, a lot of people don’t want to or can’t grow their own and won’t raid fields as they prefer to buy the finished product. Some people just like gardening, house plants, and they should be allowed to grow their own legally.

    I can hardly wait until sales of viable cannabis strain seeds are legal in the U.S. Burpee cannabis catalogs. It would be great to see cannabis seed catalogs coming in the snail mail, online, be able to get them at the local retail cannabis shop. Be nice to get quality seeds at a cheaper price, and from the US, not some foreign outfit. Keep the cash in the US.

    Senator Daylin Leach of Pennsylvania has been in the news recently for taking a couple of vapes of legal on a taxpayer funded trip to Colorado. Since I don’t qualify under the proposed medical marijuana legislation spearheaded by Senator Folmer (R) people who could benefit from marijuana such as people battling cancer yet who do not qualify for MMJ in PA as the legislation is currently written could greatly benefit from adult recreational retail, you know, could get their medicine anyway. Senator Folmer is also chairman of the state’s senate education committee, so figuring Pennsylvania goes the Colorado route and has to legalize MMJ first and then legalizes some years later adult recreational, the commonwealth surely could use the money to fund its ailing public education funding problem, its legislator-created state pension funding crisis problem, use the money to fix bridges and roads. They keep reducing the weight allowed on bridges because the state is shit out of money. Philadelphia schools are saying they won’t open on time if the state doesn’t allow them to levy a $2 per pack tax on a cigarettes.

    The sooner MMJ is legal in PA the sooner they can take the next step and legalize adult recreational. Other than to tax fracking/gas extraction and taxing some tobacco products that aren’t currently being taxed they don’t have any other popular ideas. Nobody wants to pay more state income tax and nobody wants to pay a higher sales tax. You may run into the odd person who does want to pay more, but buy and large there just aren’t the jobs that pay well for most people to be of the mind to want to pay more. So many people I know are in job-lock. My piss is clean and I can’t find a better paying job. My piss is clean, and hell, I can’t even find another job that pays nearly the same as what I’m making now. I can’t emphasize enough how many relatives and friends and other people I’ve heard from with the same story that their buddy, or neighbor or brother or sister just quit looking for a job, unemployment ran out, just living at home or with a relatives, trying to get or now on disability. Governor Corbett talks big about making jobs, but not enough good ones have materialized. Not everybody is cut out to work in the fracking industry, and that’s regional, not everywhere.

    I sure hope this fall that Tom Wolf wins as governor and that he is more receptive to medical marijuana, not practically a rabid prohibitionist like Chris Christie or Cuomo. I mean, Cuomo didn’t want MMJ and had to “evolve.”

    It sure would be nice to have cannabis sector jobs in Pennsylvania. They’re jobs that aren’t here now, and it’s money you didn’t have before. Nobody else is willing to pay more in taxes except for the cannabis community. They want the law off their backs, the legal jobs, the stigma removed, to come out of the cannabis closet in exchange for legal cannabis.

  7. Did you mean “why can’t Americans grow their own weed?” Hey I just heard on Fox news that the Truckers association was short 30,000 truckers across the U.S. and they acted like they didn’t know why. what a bunch of phonies, they know exactly why…

  8. I live in Michigan and will be putting a grow room in the back portion of my new garage, which I can legally do as a care provider or if I have a medical card of my own. I think we are headed to legalization, but in the event that when that joyous day happens and there is a prohibition on growing one’s own, I will (hopefully) still be protected to grow under our current law.

  9. @ Keith,
    THANK YOU for shining some disinfecting light on the root of our rotten prohibition legislation. I can’t believe that the California Prison Guard lobby is the largest lobby in California! It sure explains a lot, but still… that’s downright disgusting.

    I’m shocked you didn’t mention hemp. While medicinal varieties of marijuana require a super-green thumb, knowledge of hybridization and enclosures (Every mammal and bird wants to eat marijuana), hemp is MUCH easier to grow. With vital agricultural research going on in states that have legalized hemp, the strains and varieties that best suit farmers in their region can be zoned between arid and prime farmlands for industrial use, bio fuel, food and medicine.
    The reality is that it is HEMP that has always had large petrochemical and timber patent owners (i.e. Koch brothers) keeping the legal domestic cannabis growth out of legalization.
    The GOP in Texas has hemp on the platform. The Democrats are going to have to up their annie in these midterm elections, because hemp solves THE major issue facing the southwestern United States… and that’s water consumption.
    California has used %75 of its ground water. Even though Texas is facing a relatively wet winter, it probably won’t even break the drought. The Colorado river is going dry.
    HEMP USES LESS WATER THAN CORN OR COTTON while producing twice the fiber and protein, No pesticides, no herbicide and little fertilizer. And because it doesn’t require buckets of Round Up, it requires even less water, which allows hemp to produce soil instead of eroding it with tons of precious irrigation. Of course, being so easy to grow and resistant to drought and pests makes hemp an enemy of Monsantos.
    Yet in 45 years of the Drug War, the DEA couldn’t even eradicate what was planted during the Hemp for Victory campaign in WWII. Just look down a valley in Indiana and you can see THAT failed.
    Central Valley in California NEEDS hemp. Texas corn fields and cotton fields NEED to diversify their fields with hemp now.. or the next big drought will make growing anything from Texas to California non viable in a very short amount of time.
    Look at it this way; we either start growing hemp NOW, or California won’t even have time to treat the recycled sewer water on half the fruits and vegetables we eat from Central Valley before they all dry up and die. At the current rate of water use combined with increasing demand for recycled, deregulated fracking and sewer water California could create a national epidemic incident that could make West Africa look like a safe place to visit.
    We NEED to use LESS water in the Southwest while producing MORE agriculture. Prohibiting hemp from domestic agriculture for ALL Americans to grow is not only unsustainable, it’s inhumane. We don’t have to stop growing domestic fruits and vegetables, we just need to allow Americans to grow their own food, medicine, fuel and shelter on our OWN lands, as we face an increasingly dry southwestern climate. Hemp can help farmlands restore soil and freshwater supplies by creating more soil with less water and eliminating the corporate dependence on herbicides, fertilizers and pesticides, which ultimately make the food we eat less nutritious and require more water.
    We need this debate in this year’s elections.
    We NEED to grow our own hemp.

  10. I love this way of thinking! I wish more than anything our politicians in DC would adopt this healthy and NORML style of thinking. Thank you very much, Mr. Stroup. You have dedicated yourself to a very honorable cause. Slowly, this fight against this war on drugs will be won by the people, for the people. The battle never ends, those in power are constantly trying to infringe upon rights that are clearly stated, NOT to be infringed upon. We are standing together, united as one and ready to fight for our human right to consume plants of nature that we see fit. In such a medically advanced country and world, one would never expect the doctors would support the iligality of their most powerful medicine, Cannabis, nature. Ride on wings of angels to the finish line for human rights to marijuana use.

  11. Dear Editor,

    I personally don’t find retail access – as it exists in Colorado for example – attractive. Of course I should state that I’m not a user of marijuana so I can’t compare it to the black market. Personally, I like to call the unregulated market for marijuana the “green market” because of its safety profile compared to the black market for drugs like Meth or Cocaine.

    First, the restrictions for who can sell marijuana in Colorado are ridiculous. Since it is far safer than alcohol, the flowers should be allowed in any business that sells beer: gas stations, liquor stores, grocery stores, etc. These places already sell pain relief drugs like asprin and tylenol that can easily kill you via an overdose. So there is no reason they should be prohibited from selling flowers. Limiting sales to dispenseries is simply insane.

    Secondly, the taxes on marijuana are insane. For one ounce of pot you may pay 30 or 40 dollars. That can buy a weeks worth of cheap food for one person, if they are willing to eat rice, beans, oatmeal, and peanut butter and jelly. No wonder the green market is still thriving in Colorado! Although I’m opposed to sin taxes all together, if pot is to be taxed it shouldnot be more so than alcohol or tobacco.

    Third, the cost of retail marijuana due to the regulatory burdens for growers and producers is far too high. Looking on Leafly, I see medical prices are about 180 dollars an ounce. Again, this is outrageous. A friend of mine just bought a pound of tobacco for 40 dollars. I can understand that pot would be more expensive than tobacco, but not 100 times as expensive. I see no reason why pot should cost – if we got the government out of the way – a couple hundred dollars a pound.

    The best solution of course is to grow your own. Someone who grows their own marijuana has no regulatory hoops and no taxes.

    [Editor’s note: Flowers? If you’re going to try to dumb down a conversation about responsible cannabis policy reform on NORML’s webpage, you’re in the wrong place.

    Cannabis (that is not cultivated as industrial hemp) is a drug. Calling it ‘flowers’ makes you sound politically and legally delusional. Cannabis is not taxed higher than alcohol and tobacco products, nor should it be.

    Tobacco cost $40 pound because it has been legal since the founding of the country and is grown at scale outdoors. Legal cannabis production in the US is all of eight months old and the supply lines are not entirely yet in place. Cannabis law reforms in CO, CA, WA and OR have compelled the price of cannabis to drop by nearly 50% since 2009. With full legalization and more supply built into the system, the price of retail cannabis is expected to drop precipitously, dragging down too the price of black market cannabis.

    Cannabis is legalized in CO and WA, consumers can now obtain the product in safe and friendly environs, consumers are no longer being arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated and local/state government are taking in revenue (rather than wasting it on feckless cannabis prohibition enforcement)–this is legalization (even if you want to narrowly think otherwise).

    Like beer, wine and jelly consumers…only the very frugal or anti-govt will insist on growing their own cannabis, rather than make retail purchases in the amounts wanted at that time, with great variety in the choice of product. Very few will take the time and effort to grow small amounts of cannabis for personal use, even though they, like beer/wine/jelly makers will have the freedom to choose to do so (once voters indicate actually support for such…which in most polls/surveys, they currently don’t, while supporting legalization in general.

    Less than 2% of the beer, wine and jelly in this country is homemade…and cannabis will almost certainly be no different. America is the world’s greatest retail economy…not a ‘make it home’ economy.]

  12. I learned to grow weed during my back-to-nature, organic gardening hippie commune days. There is a zen-like tranquility to watching your garden grow.

  13. I just feel that a system that supports illegal sales must be set up by people with some sort of financial incentive to effectively pressure people to buy pot from the illegal market.

  14. My hopes for the success if the full legalization of cannabis are higher than ever. I look around on pro-prohibition articles comment sections and YouTube comments and the majority of what I’m reading is supportive and informed! I think we can achieve this, but I’m slightly worried that depending on who wins the 2016 election and upcoming state and local elections, we might face a few setbacks.

  15. We will never be confident in our right to use or not use cannabis as we see fit without the right to home grow. It is our protection not only against government infringement and over-taxation but also against “Big Marijuana” corporate interests fleecing the consumer and/or adulterating the product as is done today with tobacco products.

  16. To the editor four posts above.

    “[Editor’s note: Flowers? If you’re going to try to dumb down a conversation about responsible cannabis policy reform on NORML’s webpage, you’re in the wrong place.

    Cannabis (that is not cultivated as industrial hemp) is a drug. Calling it ‘flowers’ makes you sound politically and legally delusional.”

    The poster was using the correct term. Whether they knew it or not.

    The plant material we smoke, eat or turn into concentrates ARE the FLOWERS of the Cannabis plant.

    Not “buds” or any other word, we smoke the flowers. Buds would be the immature flowers.

    [Editor’s note: Actually, Colas and calyx are the proper botanical term of what cannabis consumers are seeking…whether overly technical or overly simplistic, cannabis is a mildly psychoactive herbal drug, and reformers need not try to confuse the public that cannabis legalization equates to legalizing a ‘flower'(which the lay public does not readily perceive as a ‘drug’).]

  17. The reason legalization is happening (besides all the hard work done by NORML) is because local and state governments are hurting for money and this will be a huge cash cow in tax dollars. Our politicians don’t care about the medical efficacy of pot or having ordinary citizens enjoy the relaxing properties of pot, but they do recognize a way to get more money into their respective states and legal pot means big money. And, not everyone in the USA is adverse to growing their own pot since it is simple enough to do. I live in the country in Maryland and most people here have gardens and aren’t afraid to turn the soil. The reason home cultivation will be a long time coming regardless of the laws that allow home brewing of beer is again, money – nothing else but money.

  18. @Galileo Galilei – I’ve only learned to grow in recent years. I love it and think it is the most amazing hobby any retired person could possibly have. I find it very tranquil and feel a real connection with the growing plants. Also, I find it very mentally stimulating in that there is truly a lot to learn in order to product a top quality result. It required a lot of discipline too; quite the opposite of the way the prohibitionists view us potheads!

  19. Free people don’t require permission to grow a plant or consume things they like.

  20. @Julian- I couldn’t agree more, it’s about hemp, it’s about growing food, fiber and fuel. Getting high is the reward for all the work put into growing this plant.

    Smoke, vape, edibles = pain relief, relaxation, laughter, happy people.

    Hemp = everything else including an industry that supports the safety and security of our great nation. Look what we did during WW2, “hemp for victory”. Don’t wait for WW3 to realize we should have set this industry up sooner, let’s set it up now. Proactive nations survive, reactive nations rely on the USA to bail them out.

    And as for all the people incarcerated for non violent marijuana possession, release them back to their families, reimburse them for college, give them support, teach them how to raise and protect their children, offer them small business advice and allow them to cultivate, process, and distribute marijuana as a legal regulated taxed commodity.

    Marijuana prohibition is madness. If you are a person of color (African American, Latino, Mexican, American Indian, etc..) and are 18 years old or older, and able to vote, then register to vote this November. One platform is all you need to know, pro-marijuana. Once your vote overrides this racist law your children, teens, parents, friends, and all non-violent cannabis using Americans will be free at last.

    Jobs, jobs, jobs, food, fiber, fuel, medicine.

  21. @YoSmokin &@Stephen Morris:
    There appears to be a misconception that we should not prohibit marijuana simply because it’s a bunch of “dried flowers made by God.” Let’s elevate our understanding on the origins of cannabis and human Creation;
    Cannabis evolved with homo sapiens since we speciated from homo erectus in Central Asia 1.7 million years ago. There is a fair amount of supporting evidence that under such a well established symbiotic relationship between cannabis and our hominid ancestors, that cannabis “cultivated” human self awareness and civilization just as well as we hybridized and cultivated cannabis. Who is the “flower” now? The colas? the calyx? Or our very own endocannabinoid system? Or perhaps we need to step out of our pompous human identity for a moment and regard all Life less as a patented commodity and more as a living network of Creation that lives and dies together?
    If we’re going to regulate cannabis efficiently, we have to expand our minds and vocabulary, beginning with endo or exo cannabinoids. How is that the Department of Health and Human Services owns the patent on cannabinoids as neuroprotectants and yet the patent definition provides no distinction of whether it refers to the prefix “endo” or “exo?” The rather ambiguous patent doesn’t even spell “cannabis sativa” correctly, calling it “cannabis saliva.” I can’t make this up. We need to have a serious discussion about how patents prohibit living human nutrition such as cannabinoids, and meanwhile Patent 6630507 is registered with the U.S. patent office with no clear definition of whether it patents the cannabinoids found inside or outside of the human body!
    Next, let’s define how we should not prohibit or patent cannabis… not simply because of what it is… but because the injustice for punishing someone for possession, community garden styled growth or consumption of marijuana is morally inhumane and economically unsustainable. I would even argue that the cap on individual consumption, (if we are to attempt to regulate interstate sale and distribution in a manner similar to alcohol which is up to 500 gallons a year for personal use), requires a humane and just definition for this “consumption cap.”
    The cap for consumption and production of cannabis for individual use must remain defined as “enough marijuana and hemp to shelter, clothe, fuel, self-medicate and feed ones own family.” We could hire agents from State Departments of Agriculture to help provide family farms with research for cannabis strains that best support the local environment, increase soil and water supplies and educate growers. We can establish cannabis tax-rewards for composting and eliminating pesticides, herbicides and genetic engineering, which are not required for cannabis under proper growing conditions.

    @Ray: Everyone should grow their own garden. As we face this dilemma of water shortage in the southwest, more Americans will become aware that half of all our vegetables and fruits are domestically supplied by the California central valley… A valley that is increasingly forced to use recycled sewer and fracking water to keep up with increasing demand and a rapidly vanishing water supply.
    Besides, there is a deeply nutritious spiritual reward for growing one’s own food, herbs and medicine. Stepping away from the tasteless corporate monoculture and growing our own flavor of organic food… or as our grandparents called it… food… provides us with a connection with God and our environment that allows us to feel the sustainability of our own coexistence. Unfortunately, we just can’t buy that at the grocery store. (I know! I’ve triiiied…)
    We could cut the logistical costs by growing our own, but there appears to be a missing ingredient in our gardens that motivates us to a more peaceful, rewarding, sustainable agrarian lifestyle… it’s emerald green, has a variety of uses, a beautiful aroma and inspires us to compost, build a green house, grow some tomatoes, peppers and a fruit tree while we’re in there… WHAT could this mysterious missing link BE? I just can’t put my finger on it! My State Agricultural Commissioner just won’t TELL me WHAT it IS! Oh well, I’ll just go take another toke and think about it some more while I build my greenhouse…

  22. I have a very, very high tolerance to cannabis and it is largely a natural tolerance and not just a built up one, due to my large physical stature. I am also disabled enough that I generally can’t even work flipping burgers anymore. Although I have a long term plan of starting my own business which has a good chance of allowing me to provide for myself, in the meantime, I am draining my parents’ retirement account; half the funds they give me go to medical cannabis. For me personally, it is just too expensive to buy the quantity of medical cannabis I need. Yesterday, I went through $50 worth of wax to relieve my pain. I wasn’t even anywhere closed to stoned.
    Do the math,people. I need home cultivation to be legal in order to survive!

  23. We have to just look at Belgium/Holland where crime and drug use was rampant. They legalized all drugs and the result was that drug use and crime went down dramatically. The government should not regulate cannabis and not make any money from it. If we made it totally legal, US citizens could grow there own and it would stop the importation from South and Central America. We could reduce the bloated gestapo law enforcement in this Police Country.

  24. Ed (“Ask Ed”) Rosenthal and a host of other genial writers are now doing a good job providing on line almost anything one would need to know about raising ganjaplants, and a good way to promote this issue would be to urge EVERY reader to self-familiarize with at least an hour’s worth of reading on the subject.

    Millions of gardener/voters who have raised one or two plants to virgin harvest unobtrusively will soon make short work of “anti-cultivation” law (encoercement).

    @YoSmokingMaN: compromise term: “Budflower”.

    @Julian/Aug6: good points on co-evolution! more thoughts on that at Wikiversity.org: “Ethnobotany”. Re Beautiful Aroma, check out the 2011 article by Ethan B. Russo, “Taming THC, Entourage Effect” for more about TERPENES.

  25. To answer why growing cannabis is treated as a more serious offense than purchasing from the black market is simple. Where does the black market cannabis come from? Someone has to grow it. The government views all grows as a supply for the black market. By increasing penalties to the grower ie. Supplier, theoreticly the supply should go down. However we all know this to be untrue.

    Unfortunately the federal gov’t does not make any discintion between personal supply and black market supply. Until the feds are completely out of the business of prohibition, it will be a slow march forward.

  26. @Miles

    I used the wonderful Columbia sativa available in those days in conjunction with Transcendental Meditation, LSD and lots of reading (Leary, Lilly, Ram Das) to help attain an ecstatic union, ie the mystical peak experience. I’m a bit pointy eared in my approach to life, and having one continuous concept covering everything from spirituality to science serves me well. At 65 I’m approaching the end of my life, and I’m grateful to be facing it with some knowledge of transcendence, and not with the terror of death that haunted my mother on her death bed.

  27. It looks like I will likely do a prison sentence for challenging this concept with a jury. I could use a little help from a reporter.

  28. The CIA runs a worldwide drug distribution net, to finance their black underground series of operations. Kun San, the infamous drug warlord of the Iron triangle testified of this openly–that his major client was the CIA and he could name names. But information like that is kept away from the public.

    Penn And Teller’s “Bullsh*t!” – War On Drugs

  29. @Galileo Galilei – I have about 1000 times greater respect for your and others like you than I do for the lawmakers of our country! It is an absolute tragedy that Nixon sent his war pigs in to destroy your kind! It’s a national disgrace that public media seems to have given a pass…

    I was never technically a hippie. I served in the USMC but I always respected the way they thought and in my own way, in my mind, was one of them. Peace and Love trumps war any day! Nixon just hated that.

  30. The N.Y Times just published their coverage of the firing of Dr. Sisley from the University of Arizona for her research on veterans with PTSD using vaporized strains of marijuana. It was discovered that a Republican, Kimberley Yee, chairwoman of the State’s Educational Committee made a phone call to Mr. Biggs at the University of Arizona that got Dr. Sisley fired.
    Dr. Sisley is appealing to another institution to continue her research, but this will force her to reapply for permission from the DEA. The DEA delayed her research by claiming that their not-so-secret-anymore marijuana research facility at the University if Mississippi had run out of the strains Dr. Sisley requested and would have to grow some more. The Times calls this action by the DEA “moving the goal post,” for domestic marijuana research, which is central to maintaining prohibition through the Controlled Substances Act.
    The question I have is could the DEA have predicted that through this scandal the Times would declare an End to Prohibition and break the story on the involvement of the DEA delay and Republican Yee’s malicious intervention? Continued government supression of Dr. sisley’s research is a threat to national security, and a slap in the face to our veterans. What can we do at NORML to support Dr. sisley’s research? What is NORML in Arizona doing? Talk about a tipping point, this research denial has law suit potential all over it.

  31. I can,t wait for it to be legal. Normal or anyone who,s the best people to vote for this fall in pa. . peace out.

  32. The illicit status of Cannabis is a crime against mankind. Their are many people out there trying to keep it illegal because of their financial interests and I hope they stand trial some day. This plant has helped more people than any other medicine in the world (it’s been used for thousands of years) and it remains illegal in most of the world for no good reason. People have been suffering needlessly while Big Pharma makes TRILLIONS. Alcohol and tobacco are legal and kill millions every year. There are evil people in this world, and I hope they all pay the ultimate price.

  33. Americans can’t grow their own because treason is tolerated. If those that wage war on fellow citizen were put on trial and executed anyone that wanted to grow could grow freely.

    Time to cease tolerating treason and start putting down the psychopathic traitors preying on citizens.

  34. Why is our government trying to sell us on fear of marijuana? Marijuana growers don’t contribute to the Cartels profit, which must be why it is punished so much. By cultivating marijuana you’re not supporting organized crime–which is then punished by law. Laws written by scam artists suck.

  35. @Audrey from Michigan
    I also live in MI, current card holder, with patient. You cannot grow legally in MI, you can consume medical marijuana but not legally grow. The DEA-Feds can come in and arrest you, take anything you own and also take your landlords property if you rent. We are only protected from State and Local enforcement, but the Feds can do what they want. Michigan says its legal for us to grow and consume, but the Federal Gov says it isn’t legal. I had to tear down my grow room and throw out my plants and clones, because I was told that OMNI and DEA were watching several houses on my road. I have no traffic, I wasn’t venting out and I was not even growing my max that I could. Its not even worth getting a med card, it really doesn’t protect you and I can’t afford to buy from a dispensary, plus I don’t know if the grower used pesticides or other chemicals. At least when I was growing, I knew it was organic/natural.

  36. there should be cases of criminal damages to individuals pscychology due to unjust laws such as under commom law the us gov has assigned the role of criminals unto persons whom have in fact never damaged anyones person or property An i think there should be a hell of a lot more doctors working on mental ailements that medical marijuana is a hundred more times safer than current psych medications an a hell of a lot more effective ps please develope the machine gun mike jones pot seed BB guns

  37. If you ask me, the Feds and Our so called Government want us all to die off on alcohol, which I cannot stand and all the prescription drugs prescribed to us by Doctors that just care to make the BIG BUCKS. That is what they want……criminalizing the people like they do. It is all about the MONEY.

  38. Julian says:
    August 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm


    The Koch bros. support Reason Magazine which is wildly pro legalization. Hemp, medical, recreational. Everything.

  39. I live in Pennsylvania and cant wait for them to legalize it here. A ford F350 hit me head on in my lane while I was at work. Ive had 6 knee surgeries in the last 5 years and my back is messed up. I’m in soo much pain every second of every day . I’ve been on heavy narcotics for 5 years OxyContin 80mg and percent 30mg that I take like candy every day. I feel like crap taking them but it’s the only thing that kinda helps with the pain. I know for a fact it’s doing my body more damage then marijuana would do. I could over dose on these pills unlike marijuana. I’m so addictive when I wake up in the morning I can barely move until I take my pills and they kick in. It’s not right that there a natural plant out there that would give me more pain relief and not be addictive like this pills I take. I would do anything to just get some pain relief but it’s still illegal so I don’t smoke weed it’s not worth jail or losing my kids over. My doctor said at this point amputation is a option so legalizing marijuana could save my leg. Plus I lost over 60 pounds since taking these pills. My job just let me go because of my knee and back problems so now I have to pay for my meds and there a 1000$ dollars a month. Like I said there’s a plant out there I can grow to make my life a lot better but my state doesn’t allow it. It’s just not fair

  40. It doesn’t mean that legalizing the growing of pot makes farmers’ lives easy. I Think it would be as difficult as farming.

  41. I believe the US government is a drug cartel in it’s own interest.
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