Our country prohibited alcohol during the early 1900’s, and history now refers to alcohol prohibition as “the failed experiment.” After Americans realized that alcohol prohibition did not decrease its use, availability or commerce, they ratified the 13th amendment, overturning alcohol prohibition. Their kids were dying from bathtub gin, police corruption was rampant and the stuff was everywhere, even though it was banned.
On April 10, 1933, Michigan became the first state to ratify the 21st Amendment, which repealed the prohibition of alcohol.
Today, the same reasons that made alcohol prohibition a failure in the early 1900’s make marijuana prohibition a failure. Let’s end prohibition again, and make Michigan safer.
Marijuana prohibition in Michigan has:
Made it easier for minors to obtain marijuana
Wasted limited law enforcement and municipal resources
Decreased the health and public safety of Michigan families
Eroded the public's relationship with law enforcement
Denied relief to the suffering of seriously ill, injured, and dying citizens
Created massive profits for drug cartels and terrorists
The repeal of marijuana prohibition in Michigan will:
Reduce access to marijuana by minors
Allow law enforcement to focus on violent crime
Reduce criminal gang activity
Create jobs by allowing for a new hemp industry in the State of Michigan
Reduce the fiscal and overpopulation burdens on the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Restore right relations with law enforcement
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008 was created and overwhelmingly passed by Michigan voters in an attempt to remove the chronically sick and dying people out of harms way of this very real war.
That effort has been circumvented by law enforcers and legislators. The entire package of bills before our state representatives right now are focused on removing protections in the Act.
Media reports “widespread abuse,” of the Act, when in fact, law enforcers are continuing their practice of harshly enforcing the controlled substance act on state registered patients and caregivers.