Under this crook’s logic, if we allowed marijuana as a prescription drug, we might as well be selling it in schools to children. At that same time, where are his complaints about the prescriptions offered for the more dangerous, addictive Oxycontin in light of the risk that would end up in children’s hands by default? Where are his complaints about the state’s sale of alcohol? Of course, all that is really in effect coming out of his mouth is “I want cops to waste time” and “I want poor people randomly incarcerated.”
Too often in life, if we take the easy route and refuse to do what’s right, we become complicit in unconscionable wrongs. Late last month, some of Virginia’s legislators failed once again to free their fellow citizens from the immoral bounds of a system of law that treats adults as if they are less-than-human animals unworthy of deciding their frame of psychological reference without the permission of the collective. Those who push for the continued criminalization of cannabis — and I want to underline this next part — while not standing upon disallowing the distribution of the obviously more harmful alcohol are intellectually bankrupt, dishonest and have thus made themselves more serious criminals than anyone trafficking marijuana per se. It is our civic duty to make their reprimand common and accessible to as many people as possible. I urge you to distribute the numbers in this message as far and as widely as possible, particularly to Virginians you may know.
The contents of the voice vote which killed Virginia House Bill 1134, which would have decriminalized the simple possession of marijuana, are not widely known because the mass media has refused to take seriously what a majority of Americans, including the Republican pharmacist who introduced the measure, now understand. Here’s what we face.
Here are the names and numbers of the supporters so they can be thanked. This is a very important step.
Delegate H. Morgan Griffith (R) – House District 8
Delegate Vivian E. Watts (D) – House District 39
Delegate Charniele L. Herring (D) – House District 46
And here are the people whose numbers we should distribute for the carrying out of ardent, strongly-worded phone calls of disapproval.
Delegate David B. Albo (R) – House District 42
Delegate Benjamin L. Cline (R) – House District 24
Delegate Ward L. Armstrong (D) – House District 10
Delegate C. Todd Gilbert (R) – House District 15
Delegate Robert B. Bell (R) – House District 58
(Here, by the way, is my source, Virginia NORML.)
Albo, Cline, Armstrong, Gilbert and Bell must be strongly reminded of the treachery and shame which has accompanied the United States leading the industrialized world in incarceration rates. While our opponents would rather turn this matter into a big joke, there is nothing funny at all about putting people in prison for years of their life without their having caused some serious harm to other people. We must not let up despite this bill’s having been tabled for a year.
I will spare no words in reminding each of you that we are up against cold, hardened evil racism here. While there are amazingly still a few who can honestly claim ignorance of the fact that alcohol is more harmful than marijuana, some of the deniers are blatantly dishonest people who simply want any excuse they can to incarcerate people who look a certain way. If we do nothing, we might as well travel back in time and help Governor Wallace block a doorway to keep a public school segregated. If we say nothing, even when the words in our heads are guiding us the right way, we might as well be turning on Bull Connor’s fire hose. I seriously believe this policy’s level of underlying violence is as serious because the sentencing statistics say it all.
Do the right thing. Distribute these telephone numbers and names. Power to the people.