Discovered: Legal Precedent For Medical Marijuana At the Federal Level

Exhibit A:

That’s right. During alcohol prohibition in the United States, your doctor could use one of these forms to prescribe alcohol for whatever medical condition he thought was necessary, and the Federal Government allowed it, in spite of the fact that alcohol was illegal anywhere in the United States based on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

So the claims at the Federal level that “we can’t recognize state medical marijuana laws because marijuana is illegal because it’s illegal” or that “it’s illegal because there’s no recognized medical use for it” are total bunk. They did this for alcohol, and alcohol prohibition only lasted 13 years because everyone could see it was a failure.

Meanwhile, cannabis prohibition has been in effect for almost 75 years, and anyone can see it’s an even bigger failure. Despite being primarily responsible for much of the hysteria that caused prohibition around the world, the United States is now the leader in cannabis consumption per capita. Approximately a million people are arrested for marijuana offenses each year, leading to huge costs for investigations, raids (including massive payments to families of people killed by mistake), prosecution, incarceration, lost income, and eventually payment for public assistance after convicted individuals find it impossible to get jobs. And the human cost of all this is incalculable too.

Today, alcohol consumption is booming almost everywhere, yet as anyone with the knowledge of the toxicity of ethyl alcohol could predict, it kills 2.5 million people a year worldwide. Deaths from cannabis: zero.

All the young dudes in jail
Will remember when the laws are finally changed
And they’ll wonder ’bout Oscar
Who spent five years in a Texican jail.
— Dance With the Dragon, Jefferson Starship


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  1. AlaskanDad said:

    Another of Old Hippie’s great finds turns into a fun and informative article, you have to love Beyond Chronic!
    Always good to see your activism!

  2. John Barnes said:

    I got a disorderly conduct ticket and put on probation In Westminster Co. the
    chief probation officer Brian Poggenklass found great pleasure in denying me my
    prescription, and used the excuse that I was to obey all the laws, including federal law,
    witch he pointed out with great zeal. He went on to say how addictive cannabis was, I
    disagree. People ether have an addictive personality, or they do not ! I have exemplar self discipline and miss the enjoyment from it. But he is wrong and I was just being put
    in my place, and denied my medication for his own enjoyment. I would love to make him conform to the law if at all possible. And look in his face and smile back at him the way he did me ! He went on to say If I wanted to drink alcohol that was legal, I truly hate hypocrisy !!

  3. John Barnes said:

    I would be over joyed to share this with the world, And I do mean every body, including
    my probation officer. I am Could the poster please down load a copy to my E-mail address, I am not computer illiterate but close, please make this easy for me, and just hand it to me :) I want it to be a copy on a piece of paper I can rub under his nose I am being forbidden From breaking federal law, and not allowed to partake in my meds’. It would over joy me to to at least set him straight !! It mite help someone else too :) I have had this on my mind sense I first laded eyes on it —— John :)

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