Here is a simple fact that a great many legislators are having difficulty with in 2019: You don’t have to enjoy using marijuana to be in favor of its legalization.
The fight against the misguided and archaic idea of marijuana prohibition seems to be nearing its end. A majority of states in America have already decriminalized or legalized the plant, causing nightmares for state and local officials living and working on borders.
Not only that, but the recent legalization of the hemp plant has spawned an entire industry around compounds known as CBD, whose medicinal powers are in the midst of frantic study. The products produced for CBD consumption often look and smell identical to their THC-containing and still-illegal cousins, and law enforcement testing kits can cost the precinct up to $1,000 per use.
In places like Asheville, North Carolina, you can simply walk into a tourist trap magnet shop and buy pre-rolled hemp joints, that are wholly indistinguishable from the real McCoy.
In other words, the prohibitionists’ time has come and those holding off on legislation are likely doing so for personal reasons that are not in tune with the wants and needs of their constituents.
One group in Madison, Wisconsin believe that they have found the loophole to avoid their own states’ antiquated nonsense…but local authorities had other plans.
Two men operating the Lion of Judha, House of Rastafari church have accepted donations to distribute marijuana to parishioners since March. They say about 6,000 people have signed up to become church members since then.
Jesse Schworck and Dylan Paul Bangert say openly using and distributing marijuana as a sacrament is a religious and inalienable right and is not breaking any laws.
Not everyone is ready for Stoner Sunday School, however.
“They are claiming to be a church,” Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Zilavy said. “I have not seen any documentation or anything that supports they are, in fact, a church. Even if they are a church, marijuana is illegal in this state. You can’t sell it. It can’t just be 24/7 and you can smoke weed and that’s our religion.”
City officials are playing dirty, says the congregation.
Police recently visited the establishment, claiming to be responding to a noise complaint, and confiscated several jars of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
No arrests were made, no charges filed, but the city attorney’s office did deliver a cease-and-desist letter.
This, my fellow countrymen, appears to be nothing more than a waste of taxpayer cash.
Worse still; the Madison government is wasting these taxpayer resources to win a battle in a war that has already been long lost.
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