Letter to the Editor – The time has come to legalize marijuana – Brian Johnson – December 6, 2009

Letter to the Editor – The time has come to legalize marijuana – Brian Johnson – December 6, 2009

Canadians Must Speak UP!

The time has come to legalize marijuana, tax it, and create a few hundred thousand jobs. Marc Emery is currently waiting to see if we will let the US extradite him,

to face a possible life sentence for selling seeds on the internet.

44% of Canadians have admitted to smoking weed, leading to the obvious conclusion that millions of Canadians currently possess marijuana seeds. If you mailed a

couple seeds to your friend in the US in a Christmas card, should you face a possible life sentence in prison?

Marc Emery should get a noble peace prize for his work.
He has helped alleviate much pain and suffering. He has given people the means to grow their own medical marijuana so they don’t have to interact with drug dealers.

Many “Mom and Pop” grow operations were started with his seeds, reducing the market share of organized crime, and their profits.

Many cancer patients can’t afford medical marijuana in the US but can afford seeds, the same as in Canada.  People have used his seeds to grow marijuana for

compassion clubs, some of which gave it away freely to chemotherapy patients.

Marc’s seeds have helped many family farms. When pork and beef prices crashed, some farmers were loosing money, trying to keep food on OUR tables. Some turned to

growing marijuana as a means of survival.

For his contribution in taxes, and the huge amount he has given to charities,  the pain and suffering that has been eased, are we will really going let the US

Government extradite him? One of our legendary heroes?

Sadly I doubt he will get the Peace Prize, it isn’t like he sent thousands of troops off to war.

The 6797 Proposal (6797.com) recommends making labour intensive services tax deductible, Small Market Media Tax Credit, Legalizing and Taxing marijuana and NOT

letting the US extradite Marc Emery for a possible life sentence.

To help get our message out, we have created an activist portal, where Canadians can make their voices heard (more features coming soon), available at

6797.com/portal.php

We would all like the power to deny certain businesses/industries the right to exist based on our own personal morals/beliefs, banks come to mind. The reality is

marijuana has been around for thousands of years and won’t go away any time soon. Do we really want to keep spending millions of dollars on marijuana prohibition, or

would society be better served by regulating the industry, taxing it, keeping people safe and creating jobs?

Support Marc Emery at www.NoExtradition.net

Brian Johnson
webmaster@6797.com
Wingham, ON

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GelatinousMutantCoconut
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Before I respond to this..let me say that i have never smoken marijuana, nor done any other drug. That being said, it’s ridiculous that marijuana is illegal and yet alcohol and tobacco remain readily available. And it’s not just marijuana. The hemp plant in general has so many uses, from fabrics to paper to oils, that legalizing it and creating a hemp trade could really benefit our economy and the environment. Hemp doesn’t take long to grow, so it could replace trees as the number one material for paper production. It could also become the default fabric for clothing. All… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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Brian Johnson writes – “would society be better served by regulating the industry, taxing it, keeping people safe and creating jobs?” Anyone that would consider this line of action for the use and legalizing of weed has to be on something other than common sense! All the so called rational reasons I hear for legalizing marijuana are lame. Specially the rationale that says since alcohol and tobacco are accepted vices in our society, lets add another one! From a Scriptural point of view – to be controlled by any form of drug (except for many legitimate medicines available to society)… Read more »
Rezrevolt
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Less than common sense eh? Cause prohibition works well right? War on drugs is a complete success… Costs billions (in taxation, which is theft, which is a crime by your book), has created a huge (multi billion dollar)black market and all the violence that comes with black markets, has lead to increase in government powers and the incarceration of millions, and… has done nothing to curb the usage of the herb! After all of that, price is down, quality is up and usage is up! But really, how dare one suggest people be ALLOWED to choose what they put inside… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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To the lovers of Liberty: Libertine: one who indulges his lust without restraint – a debauchee [Webster]. A debauchee: A worshiper of the god of Bacchus – “He was also known as Bacchus, the name adopted by the Romans[2] and the frenzy he induces, bakkheia. He is the patron deity of agriculture and the theater. He was also known as the Liberator (Eleutherios), freeing one from one’s normal self, by madness, ecstasy, or wine, [And by weed] – emphasis mine.[3] The divine mission of Dionysus was to mingle the music of the aulos [Rock and Roll – emphasis mine]and to… Read more »
Rezrevolt
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As opposed to tyranny? Which is what you are advocating. Anyway, while your mythology is fun, your definitions and etymology are off. lib⋅er⋅ty  [lib-er-tee] –noun, plural -ties. 1. freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control. 2. freedom from external or foreign rule; independence. 3. freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice. 4. freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint: The prisoner soon regained his liberty. 5. permission granted to a sailor, esp. in the navy, to go ashore. 6. freedom or right to frequent or use a… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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A pure democracy will always fail. Actually it’s like the mythology I spoke of, to bad the debauchee’s of our day take their idolatry serious. It all comes down to this: “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Every one knows the best form of government is not a democracy, but a theocracy. One Monarch = King Jesus! When Messiah Jesus comes again, He will rule and reign supremely. Beware all you libertarians: “Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son,… Read more »
grimalot
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And, this is why church and state should be completely separated. Ill take my chances with whatever lord there is. I can tell you I lead a good life, I respect those around me. I have taken the main guidelines from the bible, most of which are the same, respect yourself, others, the planet, etc. Lead a good life. Don’t murder, etc. So I am quite comfortable where I am. Just as easily, if you keep wanting to quote the bible, Jesus forgives all. So why should I have to live in fear? Because you want to quote verses at… Read more »
The Watcher
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Pastor Tom Newton Says:

“…As a former pot user,…”

Thank you for your enlightenment. I have never been able quite to make up my mind for or against smoking pot, but you have cleared my confusion once and for all.

I would sooner die than be like you, and if pot has made you what you are today, then rest assured that I shall never smoke for the rest of my life!

tnpreacher555
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To the Wathcher: No pot has not made me what I am today for the Holy Scripture declares -“I am what I am by the grace of God” – this was true of the Apostle Paul, and it’s true of every born again Christian, including myself. The Good Lord has forgiven me of those days and much more! Grace and the power of Holy Spirit can change a murder, like Saul of Tarus (the Apostle Paul before he was converted), and the grace of God has changed me for the better. Just because you reject the authority of God –… Read more »
Rezrevolt
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“Everyone knows” An odd statement. People within this very conversation disagree with arguments you have put forth, so clearly “Everyone” cannot possibly “know”. Moreover your argument, called “Ad Populum”, is a logical fallacy. Just because many people may think they know a thing does not mean they are correct. Once upon a time many people (everybody) knew the world was flat, and the center of the universe. They were wrong. For thousands of years everyone knew that slavery was moral and necessary for the functioning of society. They were also wrong. Once upon a time people believed in a concept… Read more »
grimalot
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Pastor Tom Says: “I am strange not because I use to smoke pot, I am strange to you because I love the Lord Jesus and want to obey Him, and you don’t.” I don’t know why when I listen to you, thoughts of Amadinejad come to mind. If the lord told you to set yourself on fire, would you do that? Because I’ve heard of that happening to some that believe to the extreme like you seem to do. No you’re just strange, and it had nothing to do with pot, but I do believe in your case and by… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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To all you pot lovers and libertarians: Why is it that Gen 1:30 is so often used to support the so called good use of pot? Could you be looking for some Scriptural authority, as if to say “We have God’s approval” for the use and legalization of pot. Why don’t you try using some “Scriptural authority” when it comes to absolute truth, sin, morality, death, and the judgment to come? No takers -eh? grimalot says: “If the lord told you to set yourself on fire, would you do that? Because I’ve heard of that happening to some that believe… Read more »
grimalot
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You’re still skirting by the biggest point of all, Jesus forgives all!!. If he doesn’t, then the bible consistently contradicts itself, and removes from its own validity!! And again, I am not rejecting any works of Jesus. I can forgive not 7, but 77 times. But otherwise I make up my own mind, I don’t let others dictate to me how I should live my life. Provided I am respectful to myself and those around me, I don’t kill/murder, I basically try to be as good a person as I can be, then I in my opinion, have learned exactly… Read more »
Lisa Murad
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Geez, I smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes, I guess that means I’m going to hell! Im a chronic pain sufferer, disabled by a rare neuromuscular disease. For years, I tried every prescription know to man, and what did I get? 60 pounds I really didn’t need, hair that falls out, I could go on… I finally got my Authorization to Posses Medical marijuana card from Health Canada, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. Before I was diagnosed, I was very set against pot heads, the ‘high life’ so to speak, but until you spend 24 hours a… Read more »
Lisa Murad
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OOPS!! Should have read ” P.S I think religion is a farce, so even if I was going to hell, I certainly wouldn’t be upset about it.

grimalot
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Lisa said:
“Geez, I smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes, I guess that means I’m going to hell!”

Don’t worry Lisa.. I guess in the eyes of Pastor Tom, we all are. But not to fret, I guess we’ll all have a pretty mellow trip there when the time comes.

Rezrevolt
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PT: You are not at all strange. You are full of the same self righteous fervor which infects all new converts. There is nothing at all new there. New converts to conspiracy belief, Scientology, EcoGreenieness and all other faith based organizations are equally self righteous. I seek no scriptural authority. I mean only to point out the inconsistencies in what you are siting as the end all be all of truth. I care nothing for a book written thousands of years ago and based off the myths of desert nomads. It is to me as authoritative a tome as Lord… Read more »
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