Do you agree or disagree that it is time to de-criminalize MARIJUANA.
It would serve to un-clog our courts, un-crowd our prisons and add money to our tax coffers.
Marijuana is a big bugaboo because in years past newspapers like the Hearst organization and businesses like Weyerhauser were invested in forests. As hemp makes cheap, quick-growing fiber for paper and clothing, cotton and paper interests would be impacted by the legalization of hemp.
Marijuana prohibition has permitted commercial foresters and some cotton farmers to prosper. Its illegality has also increased the profits of the liquor and pharmaceutical industries. Marijuana prohibition has also fed the prison-industrial system.
So many commercial interests are invested in marijuana prohibition that its demonization continues.