Before leaving Denver, Co, Brock’s campaign visited an organic cannabis farm. Pierce spoke firmly about his concerns surrounding marijuana policy.
Fundamentally, Brock is pro-legalization. However, he only refers to it as “re-legalization”, as it reminds people that marijuana was once free to consume. Pierce highlights how it initially became criminalized. Hemp threatened the plastic industry, specifically the polymer giant, DuPont. In the early 1900s, DuPont lobbied heavily for prohibition, in alignment with Harry Anslinger and Major news publisher, William Randolph Hearst.
I believe it is reprehensible that we are putting non-violent offenders behind bars, while denying scientifically proven benefits of cannabinoids, CBD, CBN, THC, and so forth. Most denials are predicated on the threat that cannabis poses to pharmaceutical company profits and to corrupt politicians who often collude and profit alongside big pharma.
“The debate is over” as Pierce likes to say, and it is. The “undemocratic nature of cannabis prohibition” goes against our fundamental beliefs. Over two-thirds of the populous support legalization, yet cannabis remains a schedule 1 drug in the same category as heroin.
Furthermore, enforcement disproportionately affects minorities. In fact, “African Americans are arrested for violating marijuana possession laws at nearly four times the rates of whites, yet both ethnicities consume marijuana at roughly the same rates.”
Here are the facts.
- Over 800,000 people are charged and arrested for non-violent cannabis possession.
- The U.S. government spends approximately $7.7 Billion in taxpayer dollars annually on enforcing cannabis prohibition.
- Being incarcerated reduces an individual’s rate of wage growth by approximately 30% over a lifetime.
- A single marijuana arrest in the justice system costs between $2,000 and $20,000 in taxpayer dollars.
If elected, Pierce is committing to:
- “Pardon all individuals who have been charged with non-violent offenses related to cannabis and expunge their records”,
- End the criminalization of Marijuana, and legalize it.
- Reschedule cannabis to remove it as a schedule one drug.
- Expunge all non-violent convictions of marijuana possession.
It is time to end the manufactured war on drugs, re-legalize nature, listen to science, and give back the freedom of choice to the American people.
Let life live.