There is no greater compliment you can pay me than to listen to my words and put them into action in your own home state. Kudos to Lee Arnold (Stasher Moustafa Rex) who published this op-ed in the Charleston Gazette:
West Virginia finds itself in a unique position to lead the way in this aspect of the changing landscape of marijuana law.
Production in West Virginia is so prolific, it is included in the federally funded Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area region with Kentucky and Tennessee. Despite this, the state continually ranks in the top 10 in estimated marijuana production. In other words, the money being spent on marijuana eradication efforts through the law enforcement’s “drug war” efforts are falling flat and doing little more for our economy than misappropriating funds into a losing battle. In the case of marijuana, it is a battle that has no legitimate reason to be waged to begin with. The effort might be making things worse.
Prohibition can be blamed for nearly all of the violence claimed to be associated with marijuana. The dangers are directly related to law enforcement efforts. Prohibition only makes criminals rich. We learned that the hard way with alcohol prohibition, but apparently failed to apply the logic elsewhere.
With our already booming marijuana market, it is time we capitalize on it by taxing and regulating.
This is the mission of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. A new chapter of NORML is forming in West Virginia, and we intend to take these issues to our Legislature and ask them to consider reforming an antiquated law drafted in fear with misinformation and enforced with fear and the spread of misinformation. This effort will have to be led on the state level. Those interested in getting involved can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.