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