"Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to the individual than use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use." --Former President Jimmy Carter
Currently, 700,000 Americans are arrested every year on marijuana related charges-- this is approximately one person every 45 seconds. Some consider this to be the biggest problem with the War on Drugs. Our laws against cannabis not only criminalize millions of recreational smokers, but also, they make no exception for terminally ill patients who could benefit from smoked marijuana as medicine, and farmers who could grow hemp for industrial purposes.
Many claim that hemp has the potential to revive the struggling farming economy. All must understand that hemp is not a drug, it is the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana. Please take a couple minutes to read Hugh Downs ABC News presentation on hemp
The fact that the DEA has classified cannabis as a Schedule One substance, the same category as cocaine and heroin, is completely unjustifiable. Hemp and medical marijuana must be made available immediately. The following links are great resources for information about cannabis, medical marijuana, and industrial hemp.