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    In March of 2017, Jeff Sessions gave his opinion of marijuana at a meeting in Richmond, Virginia:

    "Marijuana users and heroin addicts are basically the same, he said. “I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana, so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful.” He went on to call for a revival of hardline ’80s- and ‘90s-style “educating people and telling them the terrible truth about drugs.”

    Jeff Sessions would have been 23 years old when the original Woodstock festival was held. Although Bob Dylan did not perform at Woodstock, this song would have driven him crazy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnoxKXkPqEE

    Dylan did not play because "his kids were sick" - but's not the whole story:

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/woodstock-who-didnt-play/

    For a lot of reasons, none of us are going to miss Jeff Sessions, but his views on marijuana are right out of the 1930's, when Henry Anslinger, the first head of the Bureau of Narcotics, stated that cannabis caused people to commit violent crimes, and to act irrationally and overly sexual:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_history_of_cannabis_in_the_United_States

    I have to admit that there is very little that I agree with Trump on, but he actually DID make a smart move just before Christmas, when he signed the $867 billion farm bill.

    https://cbdhealthbox.com/a-christmas-miracle-president-trump-signs-farm-bill-legalizing-hemp-and-cbd-nationwide/

    Among the many things this bill accomplishes for farmers and Americans alike is the removal of industrial hemp from regulation under the Controlled Substances Act. As a result, farmers can now get crop insurance and financing for their fields of hemp, which they could not do before. This groundbreaking change makes hemp a legal agricultural commodity for the first time in nearly seventy years.

    Surprisingly, both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were hemp farmers. During WWII, the USDA'S "Hemp for Victory" program encouraged growers to cultivate hemp, and the program also exempted hemp farmers from military service, due to the fact that hemp can be put to an astonishing number of uses (see link below):

    https://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-green-green-grass-of-home.html

    You may notice that CBD is not even shown on the chart above,but it should have been. My wife recently acquired some CBD gummie bears and some CBD lotion to alleviate some of the pain in her joints, and they started to produce positive results almost immediately.

    When my mother was in her 80's, she used THC drops to relieve some of her symptoms from glaucoma because it reduced the pressure in her eyes. The picture below isn't her, but I think that she would have agreed:

    See the source image

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    Arizona -- Your 2014 blog article, the Green, Green Grass of Home is spot on. Much progress has been made in the ensuing four years. That anti-marijuana Harry Anslinger sure put progress on hold for 32 years. Jeff Sessions didn't help much.

    Still with the legalization of recreational marijuana in several states and Canada, local, state and federal laws as well as corporate policies regarding marijuana use have a long way to go yet to be more aligned with the times.

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    Fear mongering R's want the masses to believe that casual use of marijuana is an on ramp to the Heroine highway. 97% realize it's far closer in comparison to beer. They (the fear mongering R's) also wanted us to believe that the "Caravan" was full of murderous gang members, terrorists, and Godzilla. We know that only resonates with the non thinking faithful within their Klan.

    Most people saw Colorado get followed by Oregon, Washington, and several additional states. Society did not collapse. The benefits of removing the illegal side of the supply chain as well as testing to ensure clean materials and the vast amount of taxes collected should be focused on.

    Accentuate the positive and address the other concerns as well.

    Progress will continue.

    Millions have and/or do use and never even thought about the more hard or serious items.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Arizona -- Your 2014 blog article, the Green, Green Grass of Home is spot on. Much progress has been made in the ensuing four years. That anti-marijuana Harry Anslinger sure put progress on hold for 32 years. Jeff Sessions didn't help much.

    Still with the legalization of recreational marijuana in several states and Canada, local, state and federal laws as well as corporate policies regarding marijuana use have a long way to go yet to be more aligned with the times.

    About Jeff Sessions; of course that is the problem here; get people elected out of backward States (Alabama etc.) and give them high positions in the Government. Due to the "electoral college" system then "brains" out of California don't get a chance.

    Again an self inflicted wound.

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    My parents had a hemp door mat when I was a kid, we never tried lighting it up. I did introduce my dad to Maryjane, he liked it because of it's calming effects. He used to roll his own cigarettes using Velvet tobacco, which made it easy for him to use MJ as a substitute on occasion.
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    The huuuge issue is it relieves stress, pain and anxiety. Various other benefits as well.

    Big pharma doesn't rake in the cash though.

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    TJ Wrote:

    The huuuge issue is it relieves stress, pain and anxiety. Various other benefits as well.

    Big pharma doesn't rake in the cash though.

    It will when legalized. Don't believe for a minute that there will be long term competition unless competition is legally mandated. Capitalism is opposed, virulently, to competition. If Pharma can get their mitts on it they will and they will consolidate.